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Tips for a Smooth Graduation Experience

Prepare ahead of time



First, know when and where


The OSU-Tulsa Graduation Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13 at The Pavilion at Expo Square. Parking is free and readily available.

Ceremony Information

  • 5:30-6:20 p.m. - Graduate Check-in (It's best to arrive no later than 6 p.m.)
  • 6:30 p.m. Processional Begins

Graduates should leave all personal items, such as purses and backpacks, at home or with a family member or friend.

If you or a guest need special assistance because of a disability, including those with wheelchairs or walkers, contact Student Disability Services at 918-594-8354 or email to make arrangements.

OSU-Tulsa graduates may participate in both the Tulsa and Stillwater ceremonies. Those who wish to participate in an OSU Commencement Ceremony in Stillwater must apply online by Friday, May 10.



Seating is limited

All family and friends are welcome to attend graduation. No tickets or reservations are required, but seating is limited so people should arrive early. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

For family members or friends who can't be at the ceremony, the graduation will be streamed live on OState.TV.

Make sure to coordinate a post-ceremony meeting place with family and friends.



How to wear the garb

Mortarboards are worn horizontally and parallel to the ceiling, with the point directly in the front center. Tassels are worn on the right front side of your cap until you receive your diploma. Graduates will be directed to switch the tassel to the left front side at the same time.

Graduate students should carry their hoods over their right forearm during the processional. They will be hooded during the ceremony by their faculty advisor.


Relax and enjoy

Savor the experience of celebrating your achievement. Use the hashtag #OSUTulsaGrad to tweet a graduation message that will appear on the big screen during the ceremony.

For more information about the ceremony, visit the OSU-Tulsa Graduation Ceremony.