Applying for Graduation

All students graduating from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center must complete an Application for Graduation (Diploma) before their degree can be officially conferred and a diploma issued. The Application for Graduation (Diploma) can be accessed through Student Self-Service at
  1.  If you are planning to graduate this semester please review the Graduation and Related Requirements section in the OUHSC academic calendar to establish time periods to complete the necessary items during the semester/term.
  2. Master of Science students are required to file an Admission to Candidacy application by the deadline.. 
  3. Doctor of Philosophy students are required to have a degree check performed on their academic record.  Click here to contact Karolyn Ruffin to request an appointment for your degree check.  
  4. Graduate College Masters and Doctoral Forms and Guidelines:
    Master's Thesis Degree Timeline/Checklist
    Master’s Degree Non-Thesis Timeline and Checklist
    Doctoral Degree Timeline/Checklist
  5. Graduation Fees:  There is no fee for graduation.

Prepare for Graduation


Graduation Gear-Up

Graduation Gear-Up is held in the spring semester on the OUHSC campus. Graduation Gear-Up provides the opportunity for graduation candidates to take care of all of their needs pertaining to participation in graduation ceremonies and preparation for life after graduation in one place.

Join in with the HSC Campus Graduation Gear-Up

Purchase your cap and gown, select and order your graduation announcements


10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8

Room 262 in the David L. Boren Student Union

1106 N. Stonewall Oklahoma City, OK 73117

If you are unable to attend Graduation Gear-Up, Click here to find out how to purchase cap and gown, announcements, and much more! 

Commencement Information

Commencement Day Schedule

General Commencement Information


Find out where you're supposed to be and when during Commencement. Click here!


Graduate College Convocation

Health Sciences Center Graduate College Convocation:   Honoring Summer 2017,  Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Graduates 

2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018 | David L. Boren Student Union, Room 170 | Reception immediately following the Convocation in the Robert M. Bird Library Faculty Atrium.  All graduating students and their faculty mentors must wear academic regalia.  Candidates are asked to arrive at 1:15 p.m.   

Registration is required.  Candidates must submit the attached  Convocation Commitment Form to register.   The Convocation Commitment Form is due to the Graduate College by April 6.  There is no seating restriction number for family and friends, so start making plans to have your special people celebrate this momentous day in your lives!  The Convocation Commitment Form must contain the mentor’s signature.  Individuals who have graduated Summer or Fall do not need mentor approval.

Sumbit forms to in the Graduate College.  

For questions contact  Catina Jordan at (405) 271-2085.

 Please note that the OUHSC Graduate College is hosting a public event. Any photos or videos taken by OUHSC Graduate College staff or contractors during the event maybe used in media relations, advertising of event promotion via websites, social media, videos and/or print. Participation in this event includes granting permission to the OUHSC Graduate College to use any photos or videos take for these purposes.


Caps and Gowns: How-To Guide

Students are required to wear a cap and gown to Commencement and Convocation ceremonies. The University of Oklahoma is proud to unveil the new gowns especially designed for all OU graduates. The bachelor's and master's gowns include the OU Seal on the left chest. The doctoral gowns include crimson bars of velvet on the sleeve and a crimson facing of velvet down the front.

Academic Hood is a traditional accessory associated with graduate degrees and graduating with honors.

1.Put the hood on over head with velvet side up and the small tapered end in front. There is not a velvet side on Honors or Academic Distinction hoods, so either side up is acceptable.

2.Attach the loop at the end of the tapered end. Secure cord across the back. Some hoods do not come with a button loop or cord on the back.

3.Turn out lining colors. Graduates wear only the hood indicating the highest degree and honor. The crimson Honors hood takes precedence over the gold Academic Distinction hood. Master's hoods for joint undergraduate/master's programs would be worn rather than the undergraduate Academic Distinction or Honors hood.

Tassels are worn on the right front side before degrees are conferred. Move your tassel to the left front side once degrees are conferred. The colors of tassels, hoods and robes symbolize degrees earned and the graduate’s area of study. Persons receiving two degrees may either choose one tassel to wear or, as an alternative, wear a black tassel. Master's and Ph.D. candidates may correctly march in the processional with their tassels on the left signifying their previous degree or degrees.

Graduate College
All Master's Degrees

Graduate College
All Doctorate Degrees

Gold Bullion

View tutorial videos here.

After Graduation



Diplomas are available to students approximately 6-8 weeks after their graduation date.  The date of graduation for each term will normally be the last day of examinations in the fall, the date of commencement in the spring, and the last day of classes in the summer.   (See Academic Calendar).  


Official transcripts are released by the Office of Admissions and Records upon written request of the student, except when a student has a financial indebtedness to the University.