Graduation Information


Commencement will be held in the Mabee Center at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Students are to assemble in the Practice Gym no earlier than 11:30 a.m. Rehearsal for commencement will be held in the Mabee Center at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017. 

To be eligible to participate in commencement, your student account must be paid in full by April 7, 2017. Charges incurred after this deadline will be billed to you at a later date. Account balances will delay the mailing of your diploma as well as prohibit you from receiving transcripts.  Your balance with the library or telephone business center must be paid in full no later than April 7, 2017.

All students are required to Apply to Graduate on VISION.  By submitting your application you are notifying the Registrar's Office as well as your academic department of your intent to graduate. Students completing their course work in the fall must submit their Application no later than December 1.  After this date students who have completed their course work in the fall must submit a paper Application for Candidacy. Students must Apply to Graduate on VISION no later than April 7, 2017, if they want to be included in the Commencement Bulletin (program).  This includes those students who will be completing their course work in the summer of 2017.

In addition to applying to graduate, undergraduate students with more than six hours of course work to complete in the summer must submit a Petition to Participate in Commencement. This form may be completed electronically. Please click here to access the website. You will need to enter the total number of hours that need to be completed in the summer and the specific courses that are to be taken. You must be enrolled in all summer course work at the time that your petition is submitted in order for it to be processed.

For additional information on graduation, contact the Registrar's Office at 918-495-7967. Commencement ceremony information can be obtained by contacting Dr. William Jernigan at 918-495-6723.

Be sure to attend your Department Hooding Ceremony.  Please contact your academic department for additional information in regards to the location and time of your Hooding Ceremony. You must have your application to graduate filed on VISION no later than February 28, 2017, in order for your name to appear in the program for your Hooding Ceremony. 

Information and pricing concerning graduation regalia and announcements can be found here.

Please check this site often as additional information on Commencement and Commencement Rehearsal will be posted as it becomes available.

Graduation Fair

This year's Graduation Fair will take place on Friday, March 31, 2017. The event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the LRC. During this time you can confirm that your Application for Candidacy has been received and how your name will be printed in the Commencement Program and on your diploma. Representatives from areas throughout the University will be on hand to ensure that you have taken care of all loose ends before Commencement.

Class of 2017! Get ready for Grad Launch!

On May 6, you’ll walk across the Mabee Center stage as a member of ORU’s 50th graduating class. That’s something to celebrate—and the Alumni Association is throwing a party in your honor!

You are invited to our second annual Grad Launch. Come to the Hammer Center after chapel on Wednesday, April 26 and enjoy a free lunch and more! There will be drawings for prizes and gift bags for every grad-to-be. Your senior year is winding down—come spend time with your friends and let us thank you for choosing ORU.

We can’t wait to welcome you into the ORU alumni family…and we’re looking forward to hearing from you and staying connected with you as you go to the uttermost bounds of the earth!

Legacy Parent Breakfast

The Legacy Parent Breakfast will be held on May 6 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. in the Mabee Center South Lobby. The annual complimentary Legacy Parent Breakfast is for alumni whose sons or daughters are graduating from ORU this May.  Please click HERE to register for this event. In order to accommodate all of our guests, registration is limited to five guests total, including the graduating student. Space is limited and fills quickly.

Student Loans

Federal regulations require all student loan borrowers (Stafford, Direct and Perkins) to complete an exit interview before graduating. Please check VISION for your loan types and amounts borrowed. Complete your Stafford/Direct Loan exit interviews online at  For Perkins Loans you must pick up an exit packet at the Student Loan Department. Incomplete exit interviews will create a hold on your academic records. if you have any questions you may contact the Student Loan Department at 918-495-6385.

December Graduates

You will be kept up to date on Commencement and Rehearsal as well as additional pertinent information concerning graduation as it becomes available.  Please be sure to update your address and phone information at the end of the fall semester.  Also, be sure to continue to check your ORU email account as that is where information will be directed.