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OU Graduation Office
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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.

Join us for Commencement 2016 at 7 pm on Friday, May 13, 2016 at The Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

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Traveling to Norman? Find traffic guidelines and information about roads and construction here.


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Graduation candidates are expected to participate in both Commencement and College Conovocations for the full graduation experience. For a schedule of ceremonies listed by degree granting college click here.

All graduation candidates are encouraged to participate in Commencement at 7 pm on May 13, 2016 at The Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. 

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Inclement Weather Plan

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View our Inclement Weather Plan here! In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be moved to 7:30 pm at the Lloyd Noble Center. When a decision is made regarding the location of the Commencement 2016 ceremony, you will find that information on this website. 

Watch the Live Stream of Commencement!

A live stream of Commencement will be available here at the start of tonight's ceremony.

Graduation Events

Prepare For Graduation - Commencement Tutorial Videos

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View Commencement tutorial videos here to find out more about how to wear your academic regalia and find information about the processional at Commencement!

You may purchase your graduation regalia (cap, gown, and hood if applicable) at Graduation Gear-Up or at the University Bookstore located near The Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.