Thank you for your support of our students! All faculty wishing to attend Convocation ceremonies should contact Events Coordinator, Missy Mitchell.

Faculty who need to order academic regalia may do so free of charge from the Graduation Office at (405) 325-0841 or commencement@ou.edu.

Spring 2021 Convocation Schedule 

Date:  Saturday, May 15, 2021

Time: 8:00 a.m.
Gates open at 6:30 am
Student Arrival Time: 7:00am
Procession Start Time: 8:00am

Location: The Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

Everything You Need to Know About Norman Campus Graduation Ceremonies

Students must have applied for graduation to receive information to register.  Students who graduated in 2020 will also be invited. 

For questions: https://www.ou.edu/commencement/faqs

The Platform Party should arrive by 7:15 am. Faculty will need to RSVP to the OU Special Events Office to receive their ticket to get in. 


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 Responsibilities

Marshals are responsible for leading the OU Extended Campus graduates into the auditorium during the Saturday Convocation ceremony, and assisting with the seating of the students.

  • Faculty Arrival Time: 7:00 a.m.
  • Procession Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Check-in location: TBD

Marshals will lead the graduates into the auditorium as part of the processional. When they reach the reserved seating section in the auditorium, a Marshal will stage on either end of the row being seated. When that row has been filled, Marshals will step to the next row and begin filling that row. This continues until all graduates have processed into the auditorium and all rows are filled. Marshals will then return to their reserved seats. Marshals and students remain standing until instructed from the podium to be seated.


Faculty attending Convocation ceremonies lead the processional in front of the graduates and take their place on stage and remain standing until directed to sit after the National Anthem has finished. For more information about attending Convocation contact the OU Extended Campus Events Coordinator, Missy Mitchell.

  • Faculty Arrival Time: TBD
  • Procession Start Time: TBD
  • Check-in location: TBD

Faculty Attending Commencement

Commencement Responsibilities

Marshals assemble with the graduates during the Friday evening event. During the Commencement, the marshals will assemble the College of Professional and Continuing Studies graduates in the designated area, and will lead the OU Extended Campus processional into the stadium or arena, and sit with the graduates in the designated area. This is all handled by the OU Commencement team, who will provide detailed instructions.

Additional Information

(NOTE: The Banner Carrier will be instructed to follow the Platform Party to place the Banner in the holder on stage. The Banner Carrier then returns to his/her reserved seat in the auditorium. Marshals are responsible for ensuring that graduates DO NOT follow the Platform Party onto stage. This is a very important part of the Marshaling duty.)
When cued during the stage ceremony, marshals will assist with directing the graduates to enter and exit the stage.