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Stillwater Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Location & Time:
Friday, December 14, 2018
Students & Faculty (including doctoral advisors) assemble at 6:15 p.m.
Candidate Processional begins at 6:35 p.m.
Ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.
On Friday evening, parking is available on the north, south and west sides of Gallagher-Iba Arena. Parking lots open at 5:00 pm. Special needs parking is available at Lot #5 (Located south of Gallagher-Iba). Handicapped and wheelchair seating is available on the second level (Concourse Level in the arena and is accessible by elevator. For questions regarding elevator access and seating locations, please see the security personnel at Gallagher-Iba.
Doctorate candidates and all faculty should assemble by college at the Pistol Pete statue (northwest end of Gallagher-Iba) and master's candidates should meet in the practice gym (south side of Gallagher-Iba) on Friday at 6:15 p.m. Signs for each college will be posted. For doctorate candidates, we have a PowerPoint slide presentation explaining the commencement process. Please download it to your computer to view.
Faculty advisors of master's candidates are encouraged to attend the ceremony and should also assemble by the Pistol Pete statue.
All degree candidates who register by the graduation application deadline will have a pre-printed name card. The cards will be available in the assembly areas. Keep the card with you until you are ready to cross the stage. At that time, hand the completed card to the reader's assistant who will be on the stage.
Faculty marshals will be present to assemble candidates into lines for the processional.
Graduates and faculty will be ushered into the arena and seated. During the processional, please go into the rows as directed by the Ushers. The candidate processional will begin at approximately 6.40 pm.
Doctoral degree recipients carry their hoods (unbuttoned) on their left arm. Doctoral advisors, together with the College Dean, will hood their doctoral candidates. Another designated university official will assist in the hooding of doctoral candidates whose advisor is not present.
Master's degree recipients wear their hoods as they enter the arena.
After the candidates have been presented on stage, they should exit the stage and return to their original seats.
To ensure that all candidates are appropriately recognized for their achievement, guests are not allowed on the arena floor.
A reception will be held immediately following Friday’s commencement in Gallagher-Iba, second floor.
The reception opens immediately following the conclusion of Friday's commencement and is open until 9:30 p.m. All graduates, their friends, and family are invited to attend.
Typically caps/gowns start to be available two weeks before the ceremony. Dates and times can be found on the university's commencement website at http://commencement.okstate.edu.
Stillwater - University Store at the Student Union (For information call 405-744-5237 or toll free at 800-831-4678 or visit the Universities web site at http://okstate.edu/commencement).
Tulsa - Campus Book Store (for information call 918-594-8150) or visit the university's commencement website at http://commencement.okstate.edu
Mail orders may be placed for Master's Regalia only: Call-800-831-4678.
Personalized announcements may be ordered on-line at http://www.shopokstate.com/, click on Graduation Info, next click on Graduation Information and make a selection from the pop-up menu.
For friends and family not able to attend, a streaming video of the ceremony is available. More information about this option is available on the OSU Commencement website.
Personal photographers are not allowed on the arena floor. Professional photographers will be present to take pictures. The Photographer will contact you by mail at the address on your name card. If you are moving to a new address please update your address on the name card to where you wish proofs to be mailed. Shortly after the commencement ceremony, all photographs are available at www.geneseephoto.com.
The Graduate College is committed to making activities as accessible as possible. The University provides a range of special services for persons with disabilities (e.g., accessible seating and sign language interpretation).
Handicap parking is available in Lot 5 (see parking map above for parking information). Also, there is plenty of seating on the main concourse for family members in wheel chairs or for those who have difficulties with stairs. Elevators are located on the north and south sides of Gallagher-Iba Arena.
If you anticipate a need for special services other than those listed above, please call 405-744-7099.