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What's the difference?
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.
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.
Gaylord Hall immediately following the Convocation Ceremony.