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Important Update:

UCO COVID-19 protocols remain in place for the spring 2021 semester. Masks are required on campus when around others.

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Entry Security | During the Ceremony | Parking Information | Driving Directions | Other Information

Entry Security

Your safety and that of your families is our most important consideration for the upcoming commencement ceremonies. Like other universities across the country, UCO will implement enhanced screening of graduates and all others entering Wantland Stadium for each ceremony this spring. Every person entering the facility will be screened by security personnel using walk-through metal detectors. This process will create only small delays and will greatly enhance security and safety for everyone.

In addition, we will implement a clear bag policy. Any bags or carriers must be clear plastic and be no larger than 12” x 6” x 12". The only exception to this is allowance of small clutch purses no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” and bags necessary for medical equipment. All bags will be individually inspected by security personnel. Prohibited items include:

  • Firearms or other weapons (firearms are not permitted on campus pursuant to state law);
  • Alcohol (in all forms);
  • Bags, backpacks, fanny packs or any form of bag/purse that is not clear and within the size limitations;
  • Banners and signs;
  • Bagged or wrapped graduation gifts (please keep these in your car until after the ceremony);
  • Balloons; and,
  • Camera bags (please use a clear bag to bring these items into the facility).

Please convey this information to your family and friends that are planning to attend the ceremony.

During the Ceremony

  • As a courtesy in maintaining the dignity of this formal ceremony, guests and graduates should remain in Wantland Stadium until commencement is formally concluded with the Recessional. Ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • 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. Professional photographers will take photos of each graduate, which will be available for purchase.
  • Turn all cell phones and pagers to silent before entering Wantland Stadium.

Parking Information

The following large lots are suggested to make your arrival and parking as easy as possible. Inform your guests accordingly:

  • North, east and south of the College of Liberal Arts. Suggested approach is from the south or east. 
  • East and southeast of the Nigh University Center. Suggested approach is from the east or west off Second Street or Bauman.
  • East and West of Wantland Stadium, off of Chowning.  Suggested approach is from the north.

Disabled and Elderly Guest Parking and Drop-Off Point

An unloading point and a limited number of parking spaces just for disabled and elderly guests will be available immediately west of Wantland Stadium. Vehicles with disabled/elderly guests will be permitted to access this lot by passing through the police traffic-control points. A handicap license plate or decal is required to utilize the handicap parking. 

Other Parking Lots on Campus

All other parking lots on campus will be available for commencement parking. No shuttle bus services will be provided for commencement guests.

Driving Directions

Other Information

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

A sign language interpreter will be at the commencement ceremonies. Family members that have a disability or cannot climb stairs can sit in disability seating. Other family members cannot sit in disabled seating,.

Public Safety

Police Services will be assigned to different posts in and around the Wantland Stadium 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.

Prohibited Items

We request that you do not bring items (i.e. balloons, air horns, signs, alcohol, food) 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. All persons and bags are subject to search.

Tobacco-Free Campus

The University of Central Oklahoma is committed to providing its students, employees and visitors a safe and healthy environment. UCO strives to promote a campus culture of civic and individual wellness. This also includes e-cigarettes and other vapor products.