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Important Dates

UCO Nursing Ceremony: will be held Saturday, December 16th, at 4:30 in the Nigh University Center Ballrooms

CFAD Reception: will be held Saturday, December 16th following the Graduation Ceremony—3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Melton Gallery

CEPS Reception for Undergraduate students (except Psychology undergraduates): will be held Friday, December 15th, from 11:00 AM to Noon in the Nigh University Center, Fourth Floor, Room 421 (Will Rogers Room)

CEPS Reception for Master's and Psychology undergraduate students: will be held Friday, December 15th, from 3:00-4:00 PM in the Nigh University Center, Fourth Floor, Room 421 (Will Rogers Room)

CLA Reception for Master's students: will be held in LAR 211 on the second floor on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm prior to the 5:00 pm ceremony; 

CLA Reception for Undergraduate students: will be held in the LAR Building First Floor Foyer on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm prior to the 2:00 pm ceremony.  

CMS Reception: will be held immediately after graduation Saturday, December 16th, from 11:30-1:00 p.m. in the Howell Hall Atrium

STLR Cording Ceremony is: will be held Friday, December 15th, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in Constitution Hall, reception following

Information for Family & Friends

Graduation is an important milestone in the lives of students and their families. Over 100 UCO staff and close to 200 faculty members volunteer their time to make every commencement ceremony special for each graduate. Our goal is to make the experience as stress-free and safe for all of our graduating students and those in attendance.


Due to the large number of graduates and limited seating in Hamilton Field House, we require tickets for all guests at commencement. Ushers will scan tickets at the Hamilton Field House outer doors. Seating may not be reserved, and even with a ticket, seating is not guaranteed. Early arrival is highly recommended.

Special Parking for Elderly and Disabled

Special parking for the elderly and people with disabilities is available on the west side of Hamilton Field House if a handicap decal or license plate is displayed.  This parking is limited; elderly and guests with disabilities may be dropped off at the west entrance to Hamilton Field House These guests should enter through the west doors to be directed by a faculty marshal to the available special seating. All other guests should enter Hamilton Field House through the south doors. 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

A sign language interpreter will be at the commencement ceremonies. If you wish to sit close to the interpreter, disability seating is available. Family members that have a disability or cannot climb stairs can sit in disability seating along with one family member. Other family members cannot sit in disabled seating, but can sit in the bleachers beside the reserved area.

Prohibited Items

We request that you do not bring items (i.e. balloons, air horns, signs, alcohol, food) into the arena that may distract from the dignity of the Commencement ceremony. Individuals who cannot comply with this request will be asked to leave the premises. Thank you for giving the ceremony the dignity and honor it deserves. All persons and bags are subject to search.

Public Safety

Police Services will be assigned to different posts in and around the Hamilton Field House providing overall security. In case of an emergency, please contact a UCO officer or call (405) 974-2345. An ambulance is on the premises for medical emergencies.

Inclement Weather

The UCO Commencement ceremonies are held in the Hamilton Field House, unless the weather constitutes a safety hazard. Guests are directed into this facility unless notified otherwise. Notice of any change in ceremony procedures will be posted on the UCO homepage, UCO's Facebook page, and other social media.

During the Ceremony

  • As a courtesy in maintaining the dignity of this formal ceremony, guests and graduates should remain in Hamilton Field House until commencement is formally concluded with the Recessional. Ceremony will last approximately 1 1/2 hours.

  • The use of personal cameras and video equipment will be allowed to the extent that they do not obstruct viewing and that consideration is made for others in the audience. Cameras will not be allowed on the floor of the field house or by the stage. Professional photographers will take photos of each graduate which will be available for purchase.

  • TV monitors and extra seating will be available in the lobby.

  • Turn OFF all cell phones and pagers before you enter Hamilton Field House.

  • A printed commencement program will be available for each graduate at his or her designated seat on the Hamilton Field House floor.

Live Streaming

The University of Central Oklahoma is proud to present their Commencement Ceremonies LIVE over the Internet. Live streaming will begin approximately 20 minutes before scheduled start times. There will be a link on the home page at

UCO is a Tobacco-Free Campus

The University of Central Oklahoma is committed to providing its students, employees and visitors a safe and healthy environment. UCO strives to promote a campus culture of civic and individual wellness. This also includes e-cigarettes and other vapor products. Thank you for making UCO tobacco-free.