Graduation & Commencement
When and Where
Commencement will be held Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. on the lawn of Cone-Bottoms Hall.
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.
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.
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, 870.245.4298.
Commencement Ceremony Video
Commencement will be streamed live at obu.edu/graduation-live on Saturday, May 13. The video will be available at obu.edu/graduation-live after the event as well.
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:
- 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.
- 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.