Commencement Schedule

College of Education and Professional Studies:

3:00 p.m. Friday, May 9th (all undergraduates EXCEPT for Psychology majors)

Jackson College of Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony AND Psychology undergraduates from CEPS:

7:00 p.m. Friday, May 9th  (master's graduates from all colleges) AND Psychology undergraduates from the College of Education & Professional Studies

College of Business:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 10th (undergraduates)

College of Fine Arts and Design and College of Math and Science:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10th (undergraduates)

College of Liberal Arts:

6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10th (undergraduates)


Graduation

Click topic below to be directed to information:

Application Timeline for Graduation

FAQs about Commencement

Graduation Central

Directions to Hamilton Field House

Important Contacts

Link to Live Video Streaming

Link to Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Application Timeline for Graduation

Degrees are conferred at the close of the fall, spring, and summer terms. Commencement ceremonies are held in the fall and spring semesters only.  Summer graduation candidates participate in the spring ceremonies. The graduation fee will be applied to the student's account at the time of application.  It may be paid at the Cashier's window in the Nigh University Center. Application for Graduation forms should be completed on-line at http://www.uco.edu/em/explore/graduation_checklist.asp.

Students apply online for Graduation prior to the semester in which they plan to graduate.  They should apply no later than July 1, for fall graduation, no later than November 1, for spring graduation, and no later than March 1, for summer in order to avoid an additional late fee. Students applying for graduation later than the deadlines above will be charged an additional $25 above the early graduation fee. Students who complete their degree requirements should receive diplomas by mail approximately four to five weeks following the last day of class in the semester in which they graduate.

Transcripts reflecting notations of degrees earned in the previous semester are available approximately two weeks after the close of each term (fall, spring, and summer).  The graduation date indicated on the University of Central Oklahoma transcript will be the last official day of the semester at the close of the applicable fall, spring or summer terms.

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FAQs about Commencement

Below are some frequently asked questions as Commencement approaches.

How long is the Commencement ceremony?

What is the Old North Walk?

Where and when do the processions line up?

What will happen if the weather is bad?

How do I acquire tickets for Commencement?

What time does seating open?

Where should I park?

How do I get a cap and gown for commencement?

Where can I order graduation announcements?

Are there any "green" changes to our ceremonies?

Is there a professional photographer on site?

Where can I find the schedule for Graduation Central?

How long is the Commencement ceremony?

The length of Commencement can vary depending on the number of graduates recognized.  Typically, Commencement lasts an average of 1 ½ hours.

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What is the Old North Walk?

The Old North Walk is a tradition at UCO. In the past, students walked through Old North as the chimes played the UCO Alma Mater. Since Old North is being restored, students touch the Plunkett Park Bronze Bell to signify memories that were and ones that will be. Then students move forward to the east side of Old North and exit through the UCO Gateway.

Freshmen are walked into the gateway towards Old North and graduating students are taken out the gateway as they graduate and enter the community as productive, creative, ethical, and engaged citizens. The walk continues to the north side of Hamilton Field House.

The undergraduate procession begins by Old North along the North side of Plunkett Park one hour before the Commencement ceremony begins.  Faculty Marshals will be on hand to assist graduates in lining up by college in a double line.

Graduates receiving a Master’s degree: The graduate procession will begin the Old North Walk one hour before the graduate ceremony in the spring. For the fall ceremony the walk will not take place.  In December, at the Graduate College’s ceremony, students will meet in the Hamilton Fieldhouse Wrestling Room.  Students will line up by college with the faculty that hood them.


Where and when do the processions line up?

The procession line up will begin 30 minutes before the ceremony begins on the north side of Hamilton Field House. Once in the field house the procession splits, left line will sit left of stage, right line will sit right of stage.  If you want to sit with another graduate in your college during the ceremony, line up in front or behind them.  Graduates do not have to be in alphabetical order or by department, just with their college.

 If the weather is not conducive to lining up outside, students will be directed to the Hamilton Field House to be seated immediately.  

Students will sit on the Hamilton Field House court along with the faculty.  Students will proceed into the Hamilton Field House from the west entrance in a double line at a slow pace.  Students must remain seated and cannot leave the field house floor until ceremony has concluded.

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What will happen is the weather is bad?

The UCO Commencement ceremonies will be held in the Hamilton Field House.  Guests are directed into this facility regardless of weather.  The traditional Old North walk will be cancelled if weather is not conducive for a dry, safe walk to Hamilton Field House.  The decision to cancel or continue the Old North Walk will be made 1 hour before the ceremony begins. Students will be directed into the Hamilton Field House and seated immediately with their college.

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How do I acquire tickets for Commencement?

Due to the limited amount of seating in Hamilton Field House, a set number of commencement tickets are distributed to each graduate and undergraduate student who has been tentatively cleared to graduate each semester. The amount of tickets a student is issued for their commencement ceremony can vary from semester to semester. Students can anticipate 6 tickets, but this is subject to change. Tickets are distributed to students at Graduation Central each semester. If a student does not attend Graduation Central, their commencement packet which contains their tickets as well as all the information they need for commencement will automatically be mailed to the student’s mailing address that is on file with the university. 

If extra tickets are available, an announcement will be on Centralities and UCONNECT for students to sign up for up to 4 additional tickets (usually one month before the ceremony).  For information regarding tickets, please contact Graduation Support at (405)974-2392.

Everyone who attends Commencement must have a ticket.  Children 2 and under may sit on laps.  If there are extra seats on the floor after the graduates are seated they will be available for open seating AFTER the National Anthem.

Handicapped seating is available ONLY for the physically/visually and hearing challenged.  Seating for family of the handicapped is available on the bleachers adjacent to the floor seating.   

 

TICKETS ARE NOT TO BE SOLD

 

What time does seating open?

Seating opens 1 1/2 hours before each ceremony.  After each ceremony the field house must be cleaned to prepare for the next ceremony.  If you arrive early there may be crews in the field house that are cleaning and preparing for the next ceremony.  All guests must be seated within ten minutes before the ceremony begins.  Saving seats is not allowed.

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Where should I park?

Parking is available in all campus lots. The campus map shows the location of the parking lots.  Handicapped parking is available in the west lot by Hamilton Field House.  There is no shuttle service available. Parking lots are for guests during the ceremonies and tickets will not be given, unless parking is obstructing traffic or illegally parked.  (Commencement parking map)

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How do I get a cap and gown for Commencement?

Bachelor and Master students will pay for and pick up their dark blue caps and gowns at UCO Graduation Central. Regalia will also be available at the UCO bookstore through the last Commencement ceremony.  Associate degree students from the ACM will purchase dark gray gowns, mortar boards, and tassels. If a cap, gown or tassel is lost or gorgotten, Barnes & Noble will be in the Hamilton Field House with extra regalia.

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Where can I order graduation announcements?

Announcements can be ordered at the UCO Graduation Central in October and March.  Herff Jones will be present at Graduation Central to assist with orders. After Graduation Central, announcements and other graduation items are available in the UCO bookstore or online at Herff Jones

Are there any "green" changes to our ceremonies?

Yes! To improve our sustainability efforts, UCO Commencement committees are making an effort.  New recycling procedures have been put in place to recycle plastic, paper, programs, and decorations.

UCO has selected the Renew gown from Herff Jones for this year’s commencement ceremonies. Renew is made from Repreve® yarn, which is made from recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic bottles. Repreve is certified by U TrustTM verification Program as being 100% recycled and made from post-consumer waste. After graduation, the Renew gowns are collected in specially designed recycling bins. The cap and tassel is kept by the student to commemorate graduation accomplishments, while the gowns are sent to UNIFI to be recycled back into Repreve fibers. Please look for the recycling bins outside of Hamilton Field House if you would like to recycle your gown.

A PDF copy of the Commencement program will be available on this website.

Commencement continues to work with colleagues in other units to units to further sustainability and green efforts in connection with UCO ceremonies and events.  

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Is there a professional photographer on site?

UCO contracts with Graduation Foto to take photographs of each student.  As students walk to the stage to receive their diploma cover they will pause for a picture.  Then they will present a Name Card to the Commencement Announcer, before they walk across stage.

You may have additional photographs taken after the ceremony by Graduation Foto inside or outside of the field house. The President will also be available after the ceremony to take pictures with students or families.

Complimentary proofs of the photos will be mailed/e-mailed to the address you list on the back of the Name Card to select a photo package for purchase.  Please remember to complete the Name Card prior to the ceremony. If you forgot your Name Card, extras will be available before each ceremony.

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Where can I find the schedule for Graduation Central?

UCO will celebrate graduates during the Graduation Central celebration in the Spring and Fall. Dates will be posted on the Commencement website, Centralities, and in campus buildings.

Spring 2014 Graduation Central - March 11-12, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Graduation Central is a one-stop shop for students anticipating graduation. Herff Jones representatives will be present to answer questions and assist with orders. In addition to buying regalia and ordering announcements, students can learn about career services, find out whom to contact to check on progress towards graduation, join the alumni association, or consider senior rings. In addition, information concerning repayment of student loans will be available. Graduation Support Services will also be there to give attending students their graduation packet which includes tickets and information.  For students unable to attend Graduation Central, regalia and announcements may be purchased at the UCO Bookstore and graduate packets will be mailed.

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 Commemorative DVD

You may purchase a copy of the DVD for your Commencement ceremony by contacting Graduation Nation: www.graduationnation.com.

By phone: 1-888-523-3487

Commencement Photo

The use of personal cameras and video equipment will be allowed to the extent that they do not obstruct viewing and that consideration is made for others in the audience. Cameras will not be allowed on the floor of the field house or by the stage. Commencement photo pages will be taken by the professional photographer from Graduation Foto. Pictures will be mailed after the ceremony for families to purchase. For questions concerning photographic services, contact Graduation Foto at bob@graduationfoto.com or call (405) 364-1779.

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 Special Needs

Should a student need special assistance for attending Commencement, please contact Academic Affairs at (405) 974-3371 or by emailing Kelly Ross in Academic Affairs at kross16@uco.edu. Accommodations can be made for a relaxing, non-stressful graduation if we know prior to the ceremony. We will also arrange a time before the ceremony to "practice" with you so you are comfortable.

Families are encouraged to drive guests who cannot walk long distances to the handicapped entrance on the west side of Hamilton Field House, where there will be Faculty Marshals on hand to assist with seating and special accommodations. (Commencement Parking Map)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

A sign language interpreter will be at the Commencement ceremonies. If you wish to sit close to the interpreter, disability seating is available for disabled person and one family member. Other family members may sit in the bleachers beside the reserved area.

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Academic Honor Students

The Bookstore will have an official list of undergraduate and graduate students who have been designated as graduating with honors. Students meeting this criterion will be allowed to purchase an honor cord to be worn over their robe. Please contact the Office of the Registrar if you feel that your name was inadvertently omitted from the list.

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 Diplomas

Diplomas will be available six weeks after Commencement. Transcripts will reflect degree two-four weeks after Commencement. If the graduate needs proof of diploma they should contact their academic advisor on how to proceed. Participating in a Commencement ceremony does not indicate a student has completed requirements to earn a degree.

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Prohibited Substances

We request that you do not bring items into the arena that may distract from the dignity of the Commencement ceremony. Individuals who cannot comply with this request will be asked to leave the premises. Thank you for giving the ceremony the dignity and honor it deserves.

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Public Safety

Police Services will be assigned to different posts in and around the Hamilton Field House providing overall security. In case of an emergency, please contact a UCO officer or call (405) 974-2345. An ambulance is on the premises for medical emergencies.

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Directions to Hamilton Field House

To Hamilton Field House from East Bound I-40

  • After approximately 3.5 miles exit onto I-44 E towards Tulsa/Wichita
  • From I-40 East, take EXIT 147B and merge onto I-44 E/OK-3 W
  • Continue North on Broadway Ext'n for 9 miles to E 2nd Street
  • After 4.3 miles take EXIT 127 to Broadway Ext'n/US-77 N towards Edmond
  • Turn right at E 2nd Street to S University Dr
  • Turn left (north) at University Dr and continue to Ayers St
  • Turn right on Ayers and follow 400ft. to Hamilton Field House (on left)

To Hamilton Field House from West Bound I-40

  • From I-40 West, take EXIT 153 and merge onto I-35 North
  • After 13.4 miles take EXIT 141 then a left turn towards City of Edmond at E 2nd St
  • Continue on E 2nd St for 3 miles until you reach S University Dr
  • Turn right (north) onto University and follow to Ayers St
  • Turn right on Ayers and follow 400ft. to Hamilton Field House (on left)

To Hamilton Field House from I-35 South Bound

  • From I-35 South, take EXIT 141 at E 2nd St
  • Follow E 2nd St west for 3 miles until you reach S University Dr
  • Turn right (north) onto University and follow to Ayers St
  • Turn right on Ayers and follow 400ft. to Hamilton Field House (on left)

To Hamilton Field House from I-35 North Bound

  • From I-35 North, take EXIT 141 at E 2nd St
  • At E 2nd St intersection make a left turn towards City of Edmond
  • Continue on E 2nd St for 3 miles until you reach S University Dr
  • Turn right (north) onto University and follow to Ayers St
  • Turn right on Ayers and follow 400ft. to Hamilton Field House (on left)

To Hamilton Field House from I-44 West Bound

  • From I-44 West, exit and merge onto I-35N/OK-66 E toward Wichita
  • Continue North for 3.4 miles then take EXIT 141 at E 2nd St
  • At E 2nd St intersection make a left turn towards City of Edmond
  • Continue on E 2nd St for 3 miles until you reach S University Dr
  • Turn right (north) onto University and follow to Ayers St
  • Turn right on Ayers and follow 400ft. to Hamilton Field House (on left)

To Hamilton Field House from I-44 East Bound

  • From I-44 East, take EXIT 127 to Broadway Ext'n/US-77 N towards Edmond
  • Continue North on Broadway Ext'n for 9 miles to E 2nd Street
  • Turn right at E 2nd Street to S University Dr
  • Turn left (north) at University Dr and continue to Ayers St
  • Turn right on Ayers and follow 400ft. to Hamilton Field House (on left)
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Where to stay in Edmond:

For a list of places to stay in Edmond see the Edmond Convention and Visitors website.

Important Contacts:

Academic Affairs

Dr. Lori Beasley, Commencement Coordinator

(405) 974-3371

lbeasley@uco.edu

Graduation Support

Shelley Lute

(405) 974-2392

tlute@uco.edu

Bursar

(405) 974-2983

Herff-Jones

http://www.herffjones.com/college

UCO Barnes & Noble Bookstore

(405) 974-2736

bksuco@bncollege.com

Registrar's Office

(405) 974-2338

UCO Alumni Office

(405) 974-2421

Link to Commencement Video Streaming

Link to Graduate Hooding Ceremony page