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Commencement Processional Instructions

The university-wide Commencement ceremony will begin when the graduates process into the stadium accompanied by flags, banners and music.

Students should dress in business casual attire. As a matter of safety, we do not recommend that students wear stiletto heels to the Commencement ceremony. Students will be crossing the width of the football field and may find it difficult to walk safely on the soft turf.

Doctoral degree candidates and their hooding faculty will gather at 5:30 p.m. in Nielson Hall Room 170 to prepare for the processional.  

Bachelor’s and Master’s degree candidates are asked to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. on the Brooks Mall. Candidates should line up behind the sign indicating their degree-granting college.

Graduates will receive the following while waiting for the processional to begin:

  • an OU Alumni pin
  • a special surprise for the end of the ceremony
  • a colored card denoting which line they are following

All graduates will be asked to unzip their gowns as they approach the stadium gates for a security check. Graduates should zip up their gowns after they have entered the stadium.

Bachelor's and Master's degree candidates will be seated in the stands with their college.
Doctoral degree candidates will be seated on the field.