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Graduating Students

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! 

Commencement, held each May, is a time of celebration and pageantry for all OU graduates. In an effort to allow more of our students to experience the excitement of Commencement, the College of Professional and Continuing Studies will only hold a Convocation ceremony in May.

Graduating PACS students who want to participate in convocation ceremonies at the end of the Fall 2023 semester are invited to walk in the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences Convocation Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, December 15, at Lloyd Noble Center.

Undergraduates must complete the Graduate OU course in Canvas to register for convocation. Master’s students can register for convocation by clicking this link.

If you are unable to attend a December ceremony and wish to participate in a ceremony in May 2024, please contact Jenny Lang at If you have questions or accommodation needs for the December convocation ceremony, please contact Kaitlyn Armon at

You must apply for Graduation. You may access your online graduation application by logging at

RSVP deadline TBA.

PACS Convocation Schedule 

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Student Arrival Time: TBA
Procession Start Time: TBA
Check-in Location: Pitman Hall (inside Catlett Music Center)
Convocation Location: Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall - Catlett Music Center, 500 West Boyd Street, Norman, OK 73019

Students will be allowed to bring eight (8) guests to the convocation ceremony. RSVP Deadline is TBA

Convocation will also be live streamed at TBA. View the livestream at: TBA

Parking is available next to Catlett in the Elm Avenue Parking Garage

Clear Bag Policy

The approved clear plastic bag size is a maximum of 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag. Even those bags are subject to search, although it is anticipated that search times will decrease significantly.

OU policy will allow non-transparent clutch purses that are no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Bags that are necessary for medical equipment will be searched. No other bags or purses, including diaper bags, will be permitted and the limit on bags is one per person.

Complete Clear Bag Policy

Convocation Details

Students will need both hands on stage to receive their diploma cover and to shake hand with the Dean during the ceremony, therefore please do not bring anything with you that requires you to carry it. Leaving items under your seat could result in lost items. 

Graduation Application Deadlines
Graduation Date Application Due Date
December September 15
May February 15
August June 1

Prepare for Graduation

 RSVP for Convocation Attendance

Undergraduate Students

If you have not yet applied for graduation, please go to and complete your graduation application.

Once you have done so, you will automatically be enrolled in a Canvas course titled “Graduate OU.” Once it is accessible, open the course, and you will see modules designed to help you with all things graduation. As part of this course, you will register for the OU Commencement ceremony and the PACS Convocation ceremony using the “Graduation Ceremony Registration” link.

If you have any questions, please contact Graduation and Persistence Support at

Master’s Students

Please RSVP for the OU Commencement Ceremony and PACS Convocation ceremony at the following link:



 Graduation Gear

Are you graduating this semester? To order a cap and gown, you can order directly from Josten's

Graduation Gear Up

Oklahoma Memorial Union
Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, 3rd floor
900 Asp Avenue
Norman, OK 73019

If you if are a PACS student and live in the Tulsa metro area, you are welcome to attend the OU Graduation Gear Up Day in Tulsa.  If you attend, please tell them you are a PACS student. 

Schusterman Center
4502 E. 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74135


During Graduation Gear-Up, candidates can:

  • Purchase caps and gowns
  • Design and order your custom graduation announcements
  • Order their official OU class ring
  • Learn about joining the Alumni Association
  • Contribute to the Class Gift
  • Take professional photos

If you cannot attend Graduation Gear-Up or go to the Jostens Sooner Shop, students can purchase graduation gear directly from the Jostens website.

Orders much be placed by TBA for delivery by May convocations.

There is a $12.95 shipping fee.

 Graduate Information

Graduation information will be emailed to all students who have applied for graduation. Candidates may confirm an application by contacting the Admissions and Records Office at (405) 325-4147 and asking for the Records Department.

 How to Guides 

Get more information on wearing your academic Regalia, graduating with honors, and graduating with a 4.0 medallion.

 Convocation Schedule and Information

  • Student Arrival Time: TBA
  • Procession Start Time: TBA

 Accommodation for Disability

Graduates or guests who require accommodations should contact Jenny Lang. For more information on accomodations, please refer to the Disability Resource Center.


Prohibited Items and Searches

Students and guests attending the OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies Convocation ceremony are asked to leave behind certain items that are prohibited because of security or facility regulations.

Except for items pertaining to medical conditions or child care, all bags, backpacks, diaper bags, large cases for binoculars or other items, fanny packs, and large purses (larger than 10-inch-by-10-inch) are prohibited. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded, and any unlawful items are subject to confiscation.

OU's clear bag policy MUST be followed, check here for full details.

Items that are allowed for Convocations only include cameras and video cameras.

OU2GO iPhone App

OU2GO is one of the official University of Oklahoma mobile applications and your mobile link to the OU community. 

Whether you are a future student, parent, visitor, alumni, or OU fan, OU2GO is your mobile destination for campus weather, maps, videos, radio, and more information.

Download OU2GO for your iPhone or iPad now!

Cap & Gown

Please contact Josten's to order your cap and gown. If you are a 1st generation graduate, military, or would like an OU stole, please look for these items when you order your cap and gown.

Graduation Gear Up


Graduation Announcements & Class Ring

To order your announcements or the OU Tradition Ring, please visit Josten’s online store

Application for Graduation

All OU students must apply for graduation. An OU application for graduation was sent to graduate and undergraduate candidates in a separate mailing or online. PACS graduate-level students should have submitted their Application for Graduation. If you have not submitted your Application for Graduation, please contact your academic advisor at (800) 522-4389 or (405) 325-1061. Completing the Application for Graduation does not mean you are cleared for graduation. If you have incomplete general education courses or need to makeup “I” grades from previous semesters, you will not officially graduate until all degree requirements have been met.

Students Graduating with Distinction or Special Distinction

Undergraduates only - If you have maintained an overall grade point average on all hours completed, from every institution attended, you may be eligible to graduate with distinction.  

  • Distinction – If you have between 3.6 and 3.89 OU and a combined retention GPA, a minimum of 60 hours at OU, and no disciplinary academic integrity action, you will be designated as graduating with Distinction. 
  • Special Distinction - If you have between 3.9 to 3.99 OU and a combined retention GPA, a minimum of 60 hours at OU, and no disciplinary academic integrity action, you will be designated as graduating with Special Distinction. 
  • 4.0 Medallion - If you have a 4.0 OU and combined retention GPA, a minimum of 60 hours at OU, and no disciplinary academic integrity action, you will be designated for a 4.0 Medallion.

If you are graduating with any of these designations, you are eligible to wear a special gold hood over your graduation robes during the Commencement and Convocation ceremonies. The hood can be purchased at the Josten's store at the same time you purchase your cap and gown. 

If your name is not on the distinction list at the Josten's store, located in the basement of the Fanatics store in the stadium, you will not receive the special regalia. If you believe you have been omitted from the list in error, please check your grade point status by visiting the OU Online Student Services webpage and printing out an unofficial copy of your transcript or contact your advisor.  

In order for students to be eligible for Academic Distinction they must earn, at minimum, two-thirds of their degree with grade point hours—in other words, 80 credit hours or more of graded work. Because the mark of “S” does not carry any grade points, it cannot be used as GPA hours, nor can it effect a student’s overall GPA. Earned military credit is designated with the “S” posting. 

Contact your Academic Advisor for additional information.


You will receive your diploma approximately three months after you graduate. It will be mailed to you by the OU Admissions and Records Office. Please note that your diploma will read Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts or Master of Prevention Science or Master of Arts, not your degree program. Your transcript will indicate the program name.