Graduation Information - Winter

Senior Salute:

For undergraduates

Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm
McIntosh Conservatory / Garvey Center

Contact for questions or information.

Graduate Salute:

Monday, October 2, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Harvey Business Center Lobby

Contact for questions or information.


Friday, December 15, 2017

See Schedule of Events below.

Schedule of Events | General Information | Information for Degree Candidates | Answers to Commonly Asked Questions | Campus Map (How to Find Your Way Around)

Schedule of Events

Friday, December 15, 2017

9:45 am - Line Up - Candidates and escorts marching in the 10:30 am commencement ceremony should report to Judd Theater in the Garvey Center by 9:45 am with regalia. Graduate students should report to Adams Recital Hall.  (no escorts for graduate students) If you are involved in a reception, please arrive on time as per instructions.

10:30 am - Morning Commencement in Hardeman Auditorium (Doors open at 9:30 am)


    College of Business Administration

    Graduate School of Business

    Undergraduate School of Business Administration

    Sport Wellness & Recreation Program

    College of Liberal Arts

    Department of Art and Design

    Department of Communication

    Department of History and Political Science

    Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

    Department of Language and Literature

    Department of Music

    Department of Psychology and Family Studies

    School of Teacher Education

1:45 pm - Line Up - Candidates and Escorts marching in the 2:30 pm commencement ceremony should report to Judd Theater in the Garvey Center by 1:45 pm with regalia.  Graduate students should report to Adams Recital Hall (no escorts for graduate students)  If you are involved in a reception, please arrive on time as per instructions.

2:30 pm - Commencement - Hardeman Auditorium (Doors open at 1:30 pm)


    College of Biblical Studies

    Graduate School of Theology

    Department of Biblical Studies

    College of Engineering and Computer Science

    Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science

    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

    Department of Mechanical Engineering

    College of Natural & Health Sciences

    Department of Biology

    Department of Chemistry & Physics

    Pre Medical Program

    School of Nursing

General Information

Graduation Information from Oklahoma Christian on YouTube.

1. Regalia
Men: Suit coats are not required, but ties should be worn. Dark slacks, dark socks, and dark shoes are considered appropriate apparel for academic regalia occasions.

Ladies: Dark clothing should be worn under the black robes. No flowers are to be worn or carried.

According to traditions of academic regalia, no jewelry or non-academic accessories should be worn on the outside of the robe. The only exceptions are the medallions and cords worn to indicate academic honors.

Student with parents

2. Photography
During the ceremony, each candidate will walk across the stage and receive a diploma cover. A photograph will be taken at this point by a professional photographer. Under no circumstances will anyone other than the professional photographer be allowed on the stage to take pictures. Anyone taking pictures from the floor should be careful not to block the aisles. Thank you for your cooperation.

3. Seating for elderly and those with physical limitations
The location of the ceremony will offer plenty of seating for the elderly and those with physical limitations.

4. Seating for guests requiring sign language interpreter
If family members or other guests require the services of an interpreter, the candidate should contact the Registrar’s Office immediately. We will need to request an interpreter. If there is a need, seats will be held with a sign stating: “Reserved for Guests requiring Sign Language Interpretation.”

5. Undergraduate academic honors designations in printed program
At OC, three levels of honors are noted during commencement for undergraduate candidates:

  • “summa cum laude” - 3.85-4.00 GPA
  • “magna cum laude” - 3.60-3.84 GPA
  • “cum laude” - 3.40-3.59 GPA

Undergraduate honors are based on a student’s GPA (as noted above) for courses taken. Honors listed in the graduation program for undergraduate candidates are based on the GPA and hours completed as of the previous term. If the final term’s grades alter the student’s standing, the correct honor will be noted on the transcript and diploma. If you have any concerns or questions, you may check with a representative from the Registrar’s Office.

6. Extra or unusual noises during ceremony
Please ask your family members and guests to refrain from bringing air horns or other unusual noisemaking instruments into the Garvey Center or use during the ceremony. The OC commencement ceremony is not a high school ceremony. Thank you for your cooperation.

7. Recessional
Please ask your family and guests at the ceremony to remain in their seats until the recessional is finished.

Information for Degree Candidates

1. Financial aid arrangements
All candidates who have NOT conducted an Exit Interview with a representative of the Office of Student Financial Services, OR who have NOT cleared their student account balance, must do so before beginning graduation procedures. If necessary, you may make an appointment with a counselor in the Office of Student Financial Services.

2. Diplomas
The name and mailing address on the graduation cards will be used for the commencement program and to print and mail diplomas. Therefore, you MUST fill out the graduation card on myOC, located in the Registrar’s area. You will receive only your diploma cover at the ceremony. If the address to which you want your diploma mailed (within two months following commencement) has changed, it is your responsibility to inform the Registrar’s Office.

3. Invitations
Invitations may be ordered at Senior Salute.

4. Class rings
Class rings for undergraduate students may be ordered at Senior Salute. Class rings are at the expense of the graduate.

5.  Picking up regalia
Academic regalia for undergraduate candidates will be available to order at Senior Salute. 

Student with escort

6. Graduation regalia
You may wonder what to do with your graduation regalia after the ceremony. Graduation caps and gowns will be used in the Mombasa Educational Institute in Mombasa, Kenya. This school provides training in Bible and Ministry, computer operation, and tailoring/dressmaking. It normally rents graduation caps and gowns, so your donation would be a great help to the school. Memorial Road Church of Christ sponsors the training school. We will provide a box where you may discard your cap, gown, and hood.

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

1. QUESTION: What is appropriate attire for guests to wear at commencement?
    ANSWER: Sunday dress or business casual is the most appropriate attire for guests.

2. QUESTION: With whom do I speak to confirm that I am graduating, confirm the spelling of my name in the commencement program, and/or inform that I am not participating in the ceremony?
    ANSWER: Contact the Registrar’s Office at 405.425.5200. If a candidate is not participating, university policy requires that the candidate submit a letter to the Registrar’s Office.

3. QUESTION: Is the commencement ceremony streamed online and/or recorded?
    ANSWER: The ceremony is streamed live online at It is not recorded.

Do you have questions that were not answered by this website?

Please contact your graduating student or individual numbers listed above. If you need further assistance, please call the Registrar’s Office at 405.425.5200.