Graduation Information - Summer

All Graduate Candidate Salute: June 10, 2013

Harvey Business Center

3:00 - 6:00 pm

Contact: or 405.425.5565 for any information!

Saturday, August 17th at 10:30 a.m.

Hardeman Auditorium

Schedule of Events | General Information | Information for Degree Candidates | Answers to Commonly Asked Questions | Campus Map (How to Find Your Way Around)

Schedule of Events 

Saturday, August 16th

MBA Reception - 9:00 a.m., Garvey Center

MSE Reception - 9:00 a.m., Gotcher Room, Student Center

Commencement Ceremony:

10:10 a.m. Line up Art Hallway

10:30 a.m. Ceremony

General Information:

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 should be on the cap. The only exceptions are the medallions and cords worn to indicate academic honors.

Student with Parents2. 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 Hardeman Auditorium 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. 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 Hardeman Auditorium or use during the ceremony. The OC commencement ceremony is not a high school ceremony. Thank you for your cooperation.

6. Recessional

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

Information for Degree Candidates

Dr. Mickey Banister1. 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

Information concerning invitations will be given at All Graduate Salute.

4. Ordering Regalia

Academic regalia must be ordered at Graduate Salute.

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.

Student with escort2. 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 Kathy Milligan at 405.425.5565. 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 Kathy Milligan at 405.425.5565.

Thanks to Judson Copeland for Photography