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 Dr. Rebecka Bourn 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 4

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5

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

Graduate College Convocation

The Graduate College will have a virtual convocation this year.  It will air on YouTube, May 15, 2021 at 2:00pm (central).  Candidates must submit a Convocation Commitment Form to register.   The Convocation Commitment Form is due to the Graduate College by May 1. The Convocation Commitment Form must contain the mentor’s signature.  Individuals who have graduated Summer or Fall do not need mentor approval.

Submit 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

Academic regalia are the traditional dress for all degree candidates participating in College Convocations, as well as the university-wide Commencement ceremony. 

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) Black

                                                          Graduate College:  (All Doctorate Degrees) Gold Bullion

View tutorial videos here.

Students on the Norman, OUHSC and OU-Tulsa campuses may purchase academic regalia, Academic Distinction hoods and Honors hoods at Graduation Gear-Up or at the University Bookstore on the Norman campus .  Not in Norman? Order by phone: (405) 325-3511


Doctoral Degree Candidates

Among the most elaborate regalia on display at Commencement is that of the doctoral degree candidates.  In place of the mortarboard, doctoral students wear a tam, a velvet hat with a gold tassel.

For those pursuing degrees in academia, Doctoral regalia are unique in the sense that it is often worn many times following the degree recipient's own graduation. The colors used on the regalia distinguishes a faculty member as a graduate of a specific institution.


Master's Degree Candidates

Master’s degree candidates wear a modified gown with longer sleeves, the mortarboard with a tassel, and a hood. The hood is presented to the degree recipient within the convocation ceremony by a faculty member.


Stoles and Cords

Students may be awarded additional stoles and cords based on their membership or participation in organizations. Please consult with your organization's president or adviser to determine if there are stoles or cords and available as well as where they can be purchased or picked up.

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. 



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