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 www.gohsc.ouhsc.edu.
- 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.
- Master of Science students are required to file an Admission to Candidacy application by the deadline..
- 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.
Doctoral Degree Timeline/Checklist
- Graduation Fees: There is no fee for graduation.
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!
Health Sciences Center Graduate College Convocation: Honoring Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Graduates
We are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Dr. Nyla Khan. Dr. Khan is a professor at Rose State College, Midwest City, OK and taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Formerly, she was a professor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature and her Masters in Postcolonial Literature and Theory at the University of Oklahoma.
2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020 | 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 May 1. 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 catina-Jordan@ouhsc.edu 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.