The Graduate College hosts a convocation and reception each May, on the Saturday of Commencement Weekend, listed in the OUHSC Academic Calendar. If you are defending in the spring, you can participate in the ceremony this semester. If you are defending in the summer or fall, you will be eligible to participate in the ceremony next May. We will send your invitation and additional details to the e-mail address in your Graduate College Alumni Contact Information.
2023 Graduate College Convocation Registration Form - Please respond by March 20, 2023.
For questions contact Annie Smith at (405) 271-2085.
Please note that the Convocation is 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.
Students on the Norman, OUHSC and OU-Tulsa campuses may purchase academic regalia, Academic Distinction hoods and Honors hoods at the Graduation Gear-Up or at the University Bookstore on the Norman campus.
Not in Norman? Order by phone: (405) 325-3511
For a video tutorial on hooding, visit https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/calendar-events/commencement/phd-hooding-ceremony
For pictures and written instructions on how to place the hood, visit https://www.sjsu.edu/cob/docs/instructions_on_hooding.pdf
Academic regalia are the traditional dress for all degree candidates participating in College Convocations, as well as the university-wide Commencement ceremony. The colors of tassels, hoods and robes symbolize degrees earned and the graduate’s area of study.
The University of Oklahoma is proud to celebrate OU graduates with the OU Seal on the left chest of the bachelor's and master's gowns. The doctoral gowns include crimson bars of velvet on the sleeve and a crimson facing of velvet down the front.
The Academic Hood is a traditional accessory associated with graduate degrees and graduating with honors. MS and PhD hoods are presented to degree recipients during the convocation ceremony as a symbol of the honors and responsibilities of their degree.
- Put the hood on over head with velvet side up and the small tapered end in front.
- 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.
Tassels are worn on the right front side before degrees are conferred. Move your tassel to the left front side once degrees are conferred. 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
Doctoral Degree Candidates
Among the most elaborate regalia on display at Commencement is that of the doctoral degree candidates. PhD graduates wear a long hood, faced with blue velvet. The colors used in the lining of the hood and the velvet stripes on the arms represent the University granting the degree. In place of the mortarboard, doctoral students wear a tam, a velvet hat with a gold tassel. For those pursuing careers in academia, doctoral regalia may be worn many times following the degree recipient's own graduation.
Master's Degree Candidates
Master’s degree candidates wear a modified gown with longer sleeves, the mortarboard with a tassel, and a hood. The Master's hood is faced with yellow velvet, and lined with University colors.
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.