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Graduation & Commencement


When and Where

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. on the lawn of Cone-Bottoms Hall.

Commencement Program

Commencement Map

Guest Parking

Guests may use available space on any university parking lot (Campus Map). A limited amount of parking is available on the streets surrounding the campus.

Guest Seating

Chairs will be provided for guests in front of Cone-Bottoms Hall. No tickets are necessary. Some seating will be reserved for the graduating class, faculty, program guests, and those requiring accommodation.

Special Accommodation

Guests who need accommodation due to limited mobility (walkers or wheelchairs) may make arrangements to reserve parking and seating by contacting the Registrar’s Office, 870.245.5415.

Commencement Ceremony Video

Commencement will be streamed live at obu.edu/graduation-live on Saturday, May 11. The video will be available at obu.edu/graduation-live after the event as well.


Graduation Checks

In order to verify that a student has met all requirements for graduation, a Dean's Degree Check and a Graduation Check must be conducted. These checks are to be done in the semester prior to the student's semester of graduation. The following steps must be taken:

  1. A Dean's Degree Check must be done by the dean of the student's major. After it is established that the student meets all graduation requirements, the student makes an appointment with the Registrar's Office for a Graduation Check.
  2. A final Graduation Check must be conducted by the Registrar's Office.

It is the student's responsibility to make appointments for the Degree Plan Check and the Graduation Check. Students will not be considered for graduation until both steps are complete.

Next Steps



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