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The Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2015 has been cancelled due to severe weather.


Due continued threat of bad weather, we have canceled the reception that would normally follow our convocation. As of Saturday at 2:30 PM we still expect to hold the convocation ceremony as planned at 3:30 PM.

Gaylord College staff members are working closely with OU’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and T. Howard McCasland Field House staff to monitor the forecast and weather conditions for Saturday afternoon.

We have plans in place should severe weather impact our Spring Convocation Ceremony which is set to start at 3:30 p.m.

Should the situation change, we will update our website and social media and send email with updated instructions.

Ladies: Please take the weather into account when choosing your footwear for both Friday's commencement and Saturday's convocation. Should an emergency arise you may need to move quickly to take shelter.

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Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 8
7 p.m.
The Gaylord Family - Oklahoma memorial Stadium

Guest Speaker - Elizabeth Garrett, OU alumna, president of Cornell University.

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Celebrate with graduates and faculty from across campus in the official campus ceremony complete with an inspiring guest speaker and fireworks display.

Convocation Ceremony

Saturday, May 9
3:30 p.m.
T. Howard McCasland Field House

Guest Speaker - Stephanie Frederic, Radio/TV/Film and JayMac Distinguished Alumna

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What's the difference?

OU Commencement

Commencement, the University-wide graduation ceremony, is held at the end of the spring semester to celebrate summer, December and May graduates. Degrees are officially conferred at Commencement. Filled with pageantry, this ceremony includes an address from OU President David Boren and the Commencement speaker. Doctoral degree candidates are recognized individually during the ceremony and undergraduate and master’s candidates are recognized as a group. The ceremony concludes with a gigantic fireworks display. Graduates that finish in the fall are invited to come back the following spring to participate in commencement.

Gaylord College Convocation

At the Gaylord College Convocation, graduates will be recognized individually. Candidates’ names will be announced, they will have their picture taken, and they will be presented a diploma cover by their college dean. This is the time for candidates to celebrate with those in their college and be congratulated by their faculty mentors.

Do I need to do both?

You are not required to participate in either ceremony. You can choose to participate in one or the other or both. However, graduates are encouraged to attend both ceremonies to commemorate the occasion. These ceremonies will truly be one of the most memorable events of your time at OU.

Additional Information


Academic Regalia

Caps and gowns are required for those participating in either the Gaylord College Convocation ceremony or Campus Commencement. For information about caps, gowns and announcements, contact the University Bookstore at 325-3511.


There will be no reserved seating with the exception of seating for individuals with disabilities (see below). Guests should not leave their seats to photograph students during the ceremony. Official photos will be taken of each graduate by Party Pics and there will be opportunities after the ceremony for guests to come forward and take pictures.

Open House/Reception

Gaylord Hall immediately following the Convocation Ceremony.