Commencement  
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process to follow in order to participate in commencement?

How long is the commencement ceremony?

What is the dress code?

What is the Baccalaureate service?

Is seating available for handicapped guests?

Is assistance available in case of a medical emergency?

Where are the parking areas for the Henry J. Freede Wellness Center?

Can I take a picture of my son/daughter while they receive their diploma?

What time do I need to arrive?

Can I purchase a DVD of the ceremony?

When will I receive my diploma?

How can I get help with résumé development, interviewing, and networking strategies; opportunities to meet employers on campus; and, guidance for graduate school?

Can I get a commencement program if I was unable to attend the ceremony?

How do I purchase a cap and gown?

Where do I pick up my honor cords?


What is the process to follow in order to participate in commencement?
Students who have fulfilled requirements to graduate should download an undergraduate application or a graduate application to graduate. The application must be signed by your advisor and filed with the registrar’s office prior to the deadline date specified in the academic calendar. There are three graduation dates (fall, spring, and summer) and one commencement ceremony (May). Students completing degree requirements in the fall participate in the following May commencement ceremony. Students completing degree requirements in the spring term participate in the May commencement ceremony following the end of that term. Students completing degree requirements in the summer term participate in the May commencement ceremony of that same calendar year. Students on track to complete degree requirements in the fall semester of the following academic year may participate in the May commencement ceremony of that calendar year. To do so, the student must request permission from Academic Affairs before the application deadline published in the academic calendar.

How long is the commencement ceremony?
Each ceremony should last approximately 2 hours.

What is the dress code?
Graduates should wear business-casual style clothing under their gowns. Dark shoes are appropriate.

What is the Baccalaureate service?
The Baccalaureate Service is a worship service which celebrates the gifts of the senior class and asks for blessings upon their future endeavors. The service takes place in the chapel at 9:00 a.m. on the day of spring commencement.

Is seating available for handicapped guests?
Seating for handicapped guests is available on the arena floor. Please arrive early (doors open 1 hr. 15 min. prior to each ceremony), as seating is first-come, first-served. Ushers will escort handicapped guests to available seating.

Is assistance available in case of a medical emergency?
EMSA will be stationed outside the front entrance of the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center.

Where are the parking areas for the Henry J. Freede Wellness Center?
Parking areas are indicated on the campus map.

Can I take pictures of my son/daughter while they receive their diploma?
There is not space available for family members to take a photograph of their graduate as they receive their diploma. Candid Color Photography will be on stage to take photographs as each graduate receives their diploma. An additional photograph will be taken after the graduate leaves the stage. Proofs will be mailed to the graduate and will be available online at www.okcpartypics.com.

There will be an OCU backdrop set up in the arena for photographs following the ceremony.

What time do I need to arrive?
Please arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the beginning of your ceremony. Graduates will line up in the hallways on the east and west sides of the arena. Signs will be posted and ushers will be available to escort graduates to their place in line.

Can I purchase a DVD of the ceremony?
A DVD of the ceremony will be available following the ceremony. Please fill out an order form at the information table on the east side of the lobby, or contact Dorothy Tennery at (405) 208-5530.

When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed to the address on the candidate's graduation application six to eight weeks after commencement. Diplomas will be held for students with who have a balance with the Student Accounts Office. Contact Heidi De Puy, (405) 208-5266.

How can I get help with résumé development, interviewing, and networking strategies; opportunities to meet employers on campus; and, guidance for graduate school?
For assistance, please contact Joshua Waddell in Career Services at (405) 208-5171.

Can I get a commencement program if I was unable to attend the ceremony?
Yes. Please contact Dorothy Tennery at (405) 208-5530.

How do I purchase a cap and gown?
Cap and gown packages must be preordered. Graduates should attend Gateway to Graduation to place orders, or contact the bookstore to place an order no later than six weeks prior to commencement.

Where do I pick up my honor cords?
Honor cords for undergraduate students are distributed to your dean's office approximately one week prior to commencement.

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