Congratulations on the eve of having earned a degree through the University of Oklahoma’s College of Arts and Sciences! We hope the Commencement and Convocation ceremonies will be special occasions for you, your family and friends.
The University of Oklahoma Commencement will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 10, in the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 West Brooks Street. For more information, visit their website by clicking here.
The College of Arts and Sciences Convocation will follow at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11 in Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 Jenkins Avenue. Entry doors open to the public at 9 a.m. Graduates need to be at the LNC no later than 9:15 a.m.
During the ceremony, graduates will have their names read and photographs taken while crossing the stage and shaking hands with the dean and the department chair or school director. Graduates will later be contacted by Graduation Photo and offered an opportunity to purchase these photographs.
For the College of Arts and Sciences Convocation, graduates should report to the practice basketball courts, located on the south side of Lloyd Noble Center. To see a map of the building, see the map at the bottom of this page. You should enter the facility through the outdoor ramp on the south side of the facility. Look for your department banner in the practice court and line up behind the departmental faculty, with graduate students first, followed by bachelor’s students. While you are in line, you will complete color-coded cards distributed by the staff. The announcers will use these cards to read your name during the ceremony. The processional will begin promptly.
The ceremony will last approximately two hours and graduates and guests are asked to remain in their seats until closing remarks have been made.
Do you have a family-friendly photo to share? A picture of your graduation cap? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and it could be included in the college's slide show that is presented right before the ceremony.
For additional information or accommodations on the basis of disability, call the Dean’s Office at (405) 325-2077.
All bags will be searched upon entry into The Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Lloyd Noble Center and the T. Howard McCasland Field House for Commencement and Convocations. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner's car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession is subject to arrest.
Prohibited items include:
• Alcoholic Beverages
• Banners, Signs
• Beach Balls
• Cameras (professional equipment or cameras with long telephoto lenses)
• Fanny Packs
• Folding Chairs
• Ice Chests
• Laser Pointers
• All Noisemakers (i.e., air horns, plastic horns, whistles, etc.)
• Pets (with the exception of service animals used by disabled guests)
• Personal Heaters
Admissible items for Commencement and Convocations only: Baby Strollers, Baby Seats, Umbrellas and Video Cameras
Commencement: 7 p.m., May 10, Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Convocation: 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11, Lloyd Noble Center
1. What's the difference between Commencement and Convocation?
Commencement is the university-wide ceremony that recognizes all bachelors, masters, and doctoral graduates from all of the Norman campus colleges. Each of the college's bachelor and master students are presented by the dean of the college to the President of the University as a group, with the request to grant them their degrees. Only the doctoral graduates receive individual recognition at the university-wide Commencement ceremony. Filled with pageantry, it is the time for graduates to celebrate the culmination of their time at OU. President Boren will address the graduates, and the Commencement speaker will offer remarks.
The College of Arts and Sciences Convocation, held on Saturday, May 11 at Lloyd Noble Center, individually recognizes each baccalaureate and masters graduate. Each student’s name is read by an announcer, he or she is congratulated by the dean, and an official graduation photo is taken.
2. Do I need to get tickets or make reservations for my friends and family members?
Neither tickets nor reservations are needed for Commencement or Convocation.
3. What is the best way to access the Lloyd Noble Center with a wheelchair?
Marked handicapped parking is available on the southeast side of the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot, and the best entrance to use to the building is at the lower southeast corner, near the Kerr McGee Courtside Club. Once inside the building, there will be greeters who will help direct you to the elevator at the south end of the arena. Reserved seating for guests in wheelchairs and their attendants is available on the east side of the arena, just behind sections LE3 and LE4, the west side of the arena behind sections LW3 and LW4, and on the north side of the arena at sections LN4 and LN5. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. For a map of handicapped entrances, see the bottom of this page.
We also have reserved seating in each of these areas for guests with limited mobility who require the aid of a walker, cane, crutches, etc. These seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
Graduates with mobility challenges (wheelchair, walker, crutches, etc.) should contact Kristi Morgan (325-2347 or email@example.com) for information regarding convenient participation in Convocation.
4.Is there a rehearsal for graduating seniors prior to May 11th?
Given the large number of graduates we recognize at Convocation, we do not offer a rehearsal for students. Detailed instructions are included in your Commencement and Convocation announcement and posted on the Web site at http:/www.ou.edu/cas/.
5. Will my name be called and a graduation photograph taken?
Your name will be called and a graduation photo will be taken at the college Convocation. Only doctoral graduates will have their name called and photograph taken at the Commencement ceremony. To view photos of graduates receiving their diploma, go to www.normanpartypics.com, click ‘View My Proofs’ button and then the ‘Graduation’ button. Photography by Party Pics – (405) 364-1777 firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Will my name be listed in the program?
If you are an undergraduate and you have filed a graduation application card with the college advising office (405/325-4411), your name should be listed in the university-wide Commencement program. If you are a graduate student and you have filed a graduation application card with the Graduate College (405/325-3811), your name should be listed in the university-wide Commencement program. We do not have a separate college Convocation program. For a free copy of the University of Oklahoma May Commencement program, send your mailing information and the number of copies you would like receive to email@example.com or call (405) 325-0841.
7. How will the announcer know to call my name if reservations aren't made?
You will be given a card when you arrive on location on May 11. You will write your name on that card, as you want it to be announced, provide your permanent mailing address, and your degree and department. As you approach the stage, you will hand the card to the announcer, who will read your name as you cross the stage and are congratulated by your department chair and the deans. The card will then be given to the photographers so they can notify you when your photos are ready for viewing.
8. Should I attend Convocation or Commencement?
We recommend that you plan on participating in both events to celebrate your academic success! You've worked hard to achieve this level of success and we recommend you plan on attending both the university-wide Commencement and the college Convocation. This is your time to celebrate this significant mile-marker with friends and family!
NOTE: You will need to wear a cap and gown to participate in either the Commencement ceremony or the Convocation ceremony. These may be purchased by contacting the OU Bookstore at (405/325-3511.)
Handicapped entrances available through the southeast corner of the Lloyd Noble Center.
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