Graduation Information - Fall

Senior Salute:

For undergraduate 

Tuesday, October 15th:  1:30 am - 5:30 pm

Gaylord University Center.

Contact Karen for any questions or information!

Graduate Salute:

MBA, MSE, MDIV, AND MA degrees

Monday, September 30, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Harvey Business Center lobby.

Please contact Kathy Milligan for further info.


Friday, December 12, 2014 at 10:00 am for all under graduate candidates

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 10:30 am for all graduate candidates

See Schedule of Events Below.


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Schedule of Events

Friday, December 12, 2014

8:15 am Toast & Tassels for under graduates - University Dining Rooms

10:00 a.m. Under Graduate Commencement - Hardeman Auditorium

Saturday, December 13, 2014

MBA Reception: located in the Garvey Center Conservatory at 9:00 am. Please contact Kathy Milligan for information.

Graduate School of Theology and Engineering Receptions: 9:00 am in the Gotcher Room / Gaylord University Center.  See Stephanie Baird for more information.

10:30 a.m. Graduate Commencement - Hardeman Auditorium

General Information

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1. Regalia

Men: Suit coats are not required, but ties should be worn. Dark slacks, dark socks, and dark shoes are considered appropriate apparel for academic regalia occasions.

Ladies: Dark clothing should be worn under the black robes. No flowers are to be worn or carried.
According to traditions of academic regalia, no jewelry or non-academic accessories should be worn on the outside of the robe; no accessories or d cor should be on the cap. The only exceptions are the medallions and cords worn to indicate academic honors

Student with parents

2. Photography

During the ceremony, each candidate will walk across the stage and receive a diploma cover. A photograph will be taken at this point by a professional photographer. Under no circumstances will anyone other than the professional photographer be allowed on the stage to take pictures. Anyone taking pictures from the floor should be careful not to block the aisles. Thank you for your cooperation.

3. Seating for elderly and those with physical limitations

The location of the ceremony will offer plenty of seating for the elderly and those with physical limitations.

4. Seating for guests requiring sign language interpreter

If family members or other guests require the services of an interpreter, the candidate should contact the Registrar’s Office immediately. We will need to request an interpreter. If there is a need, seats will be held with a sign stating: “Reserved for Guests requiring Sign Language Interpretation.”

5. Undergraduate academic honors designations in printed program

At OC, three levels of honors are noted during commencement for undergraduate candidates:

  • “summa cum laude” - 3.85-4.00 GPA

  • “magna cum laude” - 3.60-3.84 GPA

  • “cum laude” - 3.40-3.59 GPA

Undergraduate honors are based on a student’s GPA (as noted above) for courses taken. Honors listed in the graduation program for undergraduate candidates are based on the GPA and hours completed as of the previous term. If the final term’s grades alter the student’s standing, the correct honor will be noted on the transcript and diploma. If you have any concerns or questions, you may check with a representative from the Registrar’s Office.

6. Extra or unusual noises during ceremony

Please ask your family members and guests to refrain from bringing air horns or other unusual noise-making instruments into the Garvey Center or use during the ceremony. The OC commencement ceremony is not a high school ceremony. Thank you for your cooperation.

Dr. Mickey Banister

7. Recessional

Please ask your family and guests at the ceremony to remain in their seats until the recessional is finished.

Information for Degree Candidates

1. Financial aid arrangements

All candidates who have NOT conducted an Exit Interview with a representative of the Office of Student Financial Services, OR who have NOT cleared their student account balance, must do so before beginning graduation procedures. If necessary, you may make an appointment with a counselor in the Office of Student Financial Services.

2. Diplomas

The name and mailing address on the graduation cards will be used for the commencement program and to print and mail diplomas. Therefore, you MUST fill out the graduation card on myOC, located in the Registrar’s area. You will receive only your diploma cover at the ceremony. If the address to which you want your diploma mailed (within two months following commencement) has changed, it is your responsibility to inform the Registrar’s Office.

3. Invitations

Invitations may be ordered at Senior Salute.

4. Class Rings

Class rings for undergraduate students may be ordered at Senior Salute.  Class rings are at the expense of the graduate.

5.  Picking up regalia

Academic regalia for undergraduate candidates will be available to order at Senior Salute.  This is a required stop, October 25th!

If you are an MBA/MA/MSE candidate, you will see Kathy Milligan in the MBA office.

All Graduate Salute is October 3rd from 3:00-6:00pm. Student with escort

6. Graduation Regalia.

You may be wondering what to do with your graduation regalia after the ceremony. Graduation caps and gowns will be used in the Mombasa Educational Institute in Mombasa, Kenya.  This school provides training in Bible and Ministry, computer operation, and tailoring/dressmaking.  They have been renting their graduation caps and gowns, so the donation would be a great help to the school.  Memorial Road church sponsors the training school. A box will be provided in which you may discard your cap, gown, and hood.

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

1. QUESTION: What is appropriate attire for guests to wear at commencement?

ANSWER: Sunday dress or business casual is the most appropriate attire for guests.

2. QUESTION: With whom do I speak to confirm that I am graduating, confirm the spelling of my name in the commencement program, and/or inform that I am not participating in the ceremony?

ANSWER: Contact the Registrar’s Office at 405.425.5200. If a candidate is not participating, university policy requires that the candidate submit a letter to the Registrar’s Office.

Do you have questions that were not answered by this Web site?

Please contact your graduating student or individual numbers listed above. If you need further assistance, please call the Registrar’s Office at 405.425.5200.

Thanks to Judson Copeland for Photography