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The University congratulates the family and friends of the Class of 2019! Your support has been invaluable. We look forward to welcoming you to campus for our Commencement and Convocation ceremonies.

Visiting Norman

The city of Norman, Oklahoma is a one-of-a-kind place offering small town charm with big city entertainment and event. Explore the VisitNORMAN website for great information on recommended lodging and making the most of your stay!

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Guided tours of campus can be scheduled through the OU Visitor Center or you can take self-guided tour with a brochure highlighting points of interest.

Four buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Bizzell Library, the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, Casa Blanca, and the Boyd House – the official residence of the university president.

OU is home to one of the two largest natural history museums in the world associated with a university. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History has more than 7 million artifacts and contains 195,000 square feet on 40 acres of land.

Through its growing collections, diverse exhibitions, and programs, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art creates opportunities for the University family, the people of Oklahoma, and our national and international audiences to derive knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment from the visual arts.  

The National Weather Center houses a unique confederation of The University of Oklahoma, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state organizations that work together in partnership to improve understanding of events occurring in Earth’s atmosphere over a wide range of time and space scales.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In addition to the information below, please review the University-Wide Commencement and Convocations and Receptions pages to the left.

Commencement, held in May, is the ceremony where the degrees are officially conferred. It is the time for all of this academic year's graduates to celebrate the culmination of their time at OU. Doctoral degree candidates will be recognized at this time.

At the College Convocations, graduates will be recognized. Candidates’ names will be announced, have their picture taken, and they will be presented with a diploma cover by their college dean.

Fall graduates are invited to come back to campus in May to celebrate their outstanding achievement!

Once the processional begins, Commencement will last approximately two hours.

The length of the Convocation ceremony varies depending on the size of the college and the number of graduates. The length of most Convocation ceremonies is between 1 and 2 hours.

Sign language interpreting services for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing will be available in section 2. Captioning will also be available on the north and south screens.

For our guests needing mobility accommodations, accessible services are available.

  • Reserved parking is available in the parking lot east of Gate 9.
  • Reserved seating is available.
    • Guests with seating passes for the Accessible Services sections may enter through Gate 9.
    • Seating in the Accessible Services section is reserved for guests needing accessible seating and one additional guest.

Guests who need to be seated in a wheelchair during the ceremony should bring a wheelchair as wheelchairs will not be provided for use throughout the duration of the ceremony.

To request accessible parking and/or accessible seating passes for guests, please click on the button below.

Request Accessible Services

Reserved accessible parking and accessible seating passes will be e-mailed to guests prior to Commencement.

Please contact the Graduation Office at (405) 325-0841 or commencement@ou.edu for more information about Accessible Services for the University-Wide Commencement ceremony.

Accessible services are available to both guests and graduates attending the College Convocation ceremonies. These services vary depending upon the specific venue in which the Convocation ceremony will be held. Guests and graduates with need of these services are asked to contact the Convocation Coordinator.

To assist with making graduation weekend safe and enjoyable, please note the following safety procedures are in place for College Convocations held in Athletics facilities (McCasland Field House and Lloyd Noble Center) and the University-wide Commencement ceremony.

All bags are subject to search by security personnel.

Please review all of the security information here.

Commencement has been moved to Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S. Jenkins Ave.

The University-Wide Commencement ceremony will take place at the Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S. Jenkins Avenue). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Guests may enter Lloyd Noble Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. through any of the upper-level entrances.
  • Guest seating is located in the upper level.

Updates regarding the location of Commencement will be posted in the following locations:

Tickets are not required for Commencement. However, seating is limited at the Lloyd Noble Center. Graudation candidates, faculty and guests are encouraged to arrive early.

No. There are no tickets required for guests attending the university-wide Commencement ceremony.  

Flowers

Through an arrangement with the Commencement Group, The University of Oklahoma is able to provide graduates, their families and guests with the opportunity to purchase floral bouquets during Commencement and select Convocation ceremonies.

A portion of sales proceeds will be returned to the university to provide financial support for official programs.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER FLOWERS

Graduation Photos

PartyPics will be the official photographers and will be taking individual photos of each graduate at their convocation ceremony. Doctoral Candidates will have their individual photo taken during the Commencement ceremony.

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Tip: Using the event date to search will produce the most accurate results. To search by event name use the word "commencement" or "convocation."

Sooner Yearbook

Sooner, a 400-page, coffee-table book, covers each year for the OU community with stories about academics, athletics, news and all the details of student life outside the Ovals. From in-depth profiles on the faculty you will remember forever and inspection of the trends you may want to forget to statistics about our famed sports teams and the latest campus news and events, Sooner highlights the stories you'll want to remember. Sooner preserves memories in a format that will last.

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OU Ring

The OU Ring tells a story, a story of people, place and possibility. Our ring is a symbol of the great women and men, the great people with vision and dreams, students, faculty and staff, making meaning through the investment of their lives in the next generation and all the generations that follow.

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