What are the requirements to participate in commencement?

To participate in graduation all program requirements must be completed by August 5th, 2018.

Programs that are 21 weeks in length, you must have started your program no later than March 5th, 2018.

Programs that are 10 weeks in length, you must have started your program no later than April 16th, 2018.

When is graduation?

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 at 7:00PM

Where is the ceremony?

ORU Mabee Center
7777 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74171

Is there a reception following?

No. But we will have opportunities for photos with faculty and staff before and after the event.

How long will the ceremony last?

Your order will be available for pick up May 21st, 22nd and 23rd in the student break room at Community Care College.


How do I order my cap & gown?

You will order your cap and gown through Jostens. Visit www.jostens.com, enter your campus name and follow the directions on the screen. Caps and gowns are free of charge, other merchandise (including class rings and diploma frames) is available for purchase at your own cost. Caps and gowns must be ordered by April 13th.

When can I pick up my cap & gown?

Your order will be available for pick up May 21st, 22nd and 23rd in the student break room at Community Care College.

Can we keep our cap & gowns?


What do I wear?

Wear your Sunday best! Keep in mind that the practice gym tends to get warm, please take that into consideration as you get ready for the event.


Do I get my diploma at graduation?

Once all graduation requirements have been completed, our registrar will mail your official diploma to the address we have on file for you. A diploma cover will be handed to you as you cross the stage at Graduation.

Can I sit anywhere or do I have to sit with my class?

All graduates must sit with their instructors and class the reserved section for graduates.

How many people can I invite to graduation? Do they need tickets?

There is no limit to the amount of people you can invite to the event. The event is free to attend and no tickets are needed for entry.

Are there student speakers at graduation?

Yes. There will be a student speaker from each campus. Students are nominated by their instructors and department head and asked to prepare a short speech for the ceremony.

Are ambassadors involved in the ceremony?

Ambassadors are not only involved, but play a critical role in planning and working at graduation ceremonies. Ambassadors will be acknowledged and recognized during the actual graduation ceremony.


What time do I need to be there?

Students must arrive at the Mabee Center at 6pm to register and assemble for the ceremony.


It is very important that graduates register and receive their name card prior to line-up. This will guarantee accurate placement during the processional.

Personal Belongings

Please do not bring purses, bags, umbrellas, or other items to the registration and lineup area. There are no secure areas to leave these items, so please leave all personal items with a guest in the audience.

Where do I go once I arrive at the Mabee Center?

Enter at the main entrance on the north side of the Mabee Center, the doors are next to the ticket booth, and follow the signs to the practice gym. This area is for graduates only, friends and family must be seated in the general admission area.

Crossing the stage

Graduates will stand and be directed by the ushers. As you walk up the ramp to the stage, hand your name card to the announcer and cross the stage. You will exit the stage and proceed back to your seat. Please note that you may not end up in the same seat you started with.

May I leave once I cross the stage?

We ask that everybody returns to their seat once they cross the stage and receive their diploma cover. We
want to be respectful and celebrate all graduates as they cross the stage and not disrupt the event due to people getting up and walking out of the event. We also ask that you please use the restroom before the event starts so that we have as little disruptions as possible. The event moves quickly and we will get every-body in and out in an orderly fashion.