Dates, times, and locations for 2017 events will be announced in Spring 2017.  All Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 graduates will be recognized at events in May 2017. 

The University of Oklahoma Commencement

May 12, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

All December graduates and May and July graduation candidates participate in this ceremony. Degrees are officially conferred at Commencement. Filled with pageantry, this ceremony includes an address from OU President David Boren and the Commencement speaker (TBD). PhD degree candidates are recognized individually during the ceremony and bachelor's, MSN candidates and DNP candidates are recognized as a group. The ceremony concludes with a gigantic fireworks display.

For additional information, visit the OU Commencement page at:

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information. 

Updates as of 5/8/17:  


College of Nursing Convocation

May 13, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Norman, OK

All nursing graduates, across all programs, campuses and sites, are invited to participate in the College of Nursing Convocation Ceremony. At the College of Nursing Convocation, graduates will be individually recognized. Candidates’ names will be announced, as they cross the stage to receive their diploma cover from the Dean. This is the time for candidates to celebrate with those in their college. Family and friends are encouraged to attend this special college-wide event. A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate as they receive their diploma cover.

Graduates of the following programs (across all sites) may participate in the spring 2017 convocation ceremony:

  1. Traditional and Accelerated BSN students completing the program in May 2017 or July 2017
  2. LPN/ADN to BSN students completing the program in May 2017
  3. Masters students completing the program in December 2016, May 2017 and July 2017
  4. PhD and DNP students completing the program in December 2016, May 2017, and July 2017

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information. 

Updates as of 5/8/17:  


College of Nursing Pinning Event 

May 13, 2017 (come-and-go)
Norman, OK 

Bachelor students may be pinned by faculty at stations in the practice gym at the Lower Southeast entrance (where you will line up for the ceremony). Guests may view the pinning and then return upstairs to find their seats. There will be accommodations for those with a disability. Due to time constraints, no individual or family photos will be allowed at this year's event. Instead, a professional photographer will be available at each pinning station.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information. 


TULSA: College of Nursing Pinning Event 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Allen Chapman Student Union, Great Hall C, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

In addition to the graduation activities listed above, the College of Nursing will host a BSN pinning opportunity prior to Convocation. 
Tulsa Graduation Map 


TULSA: OU-Tulsa Convocation 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Reynolds Center - University of Tulsa

This convocation is specific to OU-Tulsa. Please arrive at least one hour early. Graduation regalia is required for this event. You are welcome to attend either convocation or both events. Graduates are to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.
Tulsa Graduation Map

Please review our Tulsa campus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Lawton Campus Student Recognition Event

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
McMahon Centennial Complex (MCC)| Lawton

RSVP requested in April 2017
Business Attire


Tulsa Campus Student Recognition Event

Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Founders Hall | OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center

RSVP requested.  Deadline April 21, 2017.
Business Attire


OKC Student Recognition Event

May 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Oklahoma Memorial Ballroom | Norman

RSVP requested in April 2017
Business Attire
Contact: Office of Student Affairs at (405) 271-2428


Appointments for graduation pictures can be scheduled directly with:

Campus Composites
(405) 364-1779

Cost is $22.00 and includes sitting fee.

Note: On-Campus visits for pictures will be made in January and February 2017.  Photo sessions will be limited and will require advance reservations at the website above. 

Wearing the Academic Distinction Hood

BSN graduates are eligible to graduate with Academic Distinction and wear the gold hood over the regalia if both of the following criteria are met:

  • 3.50 or higher GPA in OUHSC Nursing coursework, and
  • 3.50 or higher Overall Cumulative GPA (inclusive of all coursework on the academic record)

Note, students with a 3.75 or higher GPA in both areas noted above are eligible to graduate with Academic Special Distinction.  The same gold hood is worn for either level of distinction. 

The photographer will provide the hood during the photography session.  The photographer will not have a list of eligible students.  Students may check with their CON Student Affairs office to confirm eligibility.  Hoods can be purchased for use at graduation through the OU Norman campus bookstore. 

MSN and DNP graduates may qualify for Academic Distinction if their OUHSC program coursework is completed with a 3.75 GPA or higher.  The gold hood is not worn by MSN and DNP graduates.  Instead, MSN and DNP graduates will wear their respective degree hoods.  

Celebratory Event Pictures

Event pictures will also be available after each awards ceremony or graduation activity.  Event pictures can be ordered through Oklahoma Party Pics.

Graduation Gear-Up

Graduation Gear-Up is held every fall and spring semester on the Norman campus and each spring semester on the OUHSC and Tulsa campuses. Graduation Gear-Up provides the opportunity for graduation candidates to take care of all of their needs pertaining to participation in graduation ceremonies and preparation for life after graduation in one place. Graduation Candidates can purchase their cap and gown, announcements, and class rings as well as obtain information about Convocation, other graduation ceremonies, and making the transition from student to graduate. View the Graduation Gear-Up page for more information, including times and dates. 

Additional links and resources to assist with the graduation process have been provided below for your convenience.


Important Links

Helpful Phone Numbers

  • Caps & Gowns
    (405) 325-3511
  • Financial Aid
    (405) 271-2118
  • Bursars Office
    (405) 271-2433
  • Academic Holds
    (405) 271-2428, ext 49130
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