How to Prepare for Winter 2021 Convocation

How to Prepare for Winter 2021 Convocation

The OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies Convocation for Winter 2021 is just a few weeks away, so start planning now for your big day. Whether you’re attending convocation on your own or with family and friends, we’ve created this handy guide to make sure things go smoothly as you celebrate your achievement.

1. RSVP.

All graduates must RSVP to participate in convocation by filling out an RSVP Form. The deadline to RSVP is December 10. However, if you won’t be able to attend or your guest numbers have been reduced, please contact Missy Mitchell at or (405) 325-2823 and let her know.

2. Order your cap and gown.

If you want to order a cap and gown, you can order directly from Josten’s. Once you receive your gown, try it on to make sure it fits correctly. More information is also available on how to wear your academic regalia.

3. Decorate your mortarboard.

Once you receive your cap and gown, take some time to decorate your mortarboard. Creativity is encouraged, but remember, you may not use glitter as part of the design. For inspiration, check out our college blog for outstanding mortarboards from previous years.

Convocation will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at McCasland Field House on the OU Campus, just north of the stadium.

4. Choose your outfit wisely.

Temperatures are typically colder for Winter Convocation events, so please dress appropriately. Be aware that you will be seen from the knees down while accepting your diploma cover.

5. Bring as little as possible.

Since many colleges will be using the same facilities throughout the day, please bring only necessary items with you. There will be no place available to store items like backpacks, bags or purses, so you will need to leave those items in your car or with one of your guests.

If your guests plan to bring items, be advised that OU has a strict clear bag policy. Please review this policy with your guests before attending convocation. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded, including diaper bags and camera bags.

6. Be on time.

Convocation is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at McCasland Field House on the OU Campus, just north of the stadium. Student arrival time is 8:30 a.m. You will have to pass through a security check going into Wagner Hall, which is just west of the Field House.

7. Check in.

Students will check in with College of Professional and Continuing Studies staff at Wagner Hall. Check in starts at 8:30 a.m. The processional to the Field House will start just prior to 10 a.m.

8. Pick up your photo card.

When you check in, you will be shown to the waiting room, where staff will be on hand to help you fill out your photo card. You will present your card to our photographers as you prepare to walk across the stage to receive your diploma cover. Photos will be available to view on the PACS Flickr photostream and for purchase from Norman Party Pics.

9. Watch for your diploma in the mail.

You will find your diploma cover in your chair after the processional to the Field House for the convocation ceremony. Your diploma will arrive in the mail about three months after convocation. Acknowledgement that you have earned your degree will appear on official transcripts you receive from OU within three to eight weeks following graduation.

10. Join the OU alumni network.

As a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, you can continue to be part of the OU community by joining the OU Alumni Association. Learn more about the association by downloading the free OU Alumni App from the iOS or Google Play stores.

For complete information on Winter 2021 Convocation, visit our convocation page.

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Myk Mahaffey

Michael Mahaffey holds degrees in journalism and psychology. He is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience writing for print and digital publications, including award-winning coverage of the rodeo industry. In his spare time, he writes fiction, in addition to tinkering with graphic design and photography.