Commencement Schedule

Commencement Ceremonies — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Student check-in begins at 9:15 a.m. in the Reynolds Center Practice Gym. Please bring your cap and gown with you and leave your coats and purses at home, there is no place to store your personal belongings.

The Processional will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m., so your family and friends will want to be in their seats prior to this time.


The most convenient place to park on the day of commencement is the Reynolds Center. There is a lot on the southeast side of the Reynolds Center and a lot on the northwest corner of 8th and Harvard. Both are available for visitor parking during the event.

Schedule of Activities

Friday, May 3, 2019TimeLocation
College of Arts & Sciences Breakfast Reception8:30 a.m.Mary K. Chapman Great Hall
Baccalaureate11:00 a.m.Sharp Chapel
Final Bell Party12:30 p.m.Bayless Plaza
Communication Sciences & Disorders Dept. Graduation Tea1:00 p.m.MKCC Lobby
Kinesiology & Rehab Science Dept. Awards Ceremony3:30 p.m.Faculty Lounge, Student Union
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony5:30 p.m.Sharp Chapel
College of Law Hooding Ceremony5:00 p.m.Reynolds Center
Nursing Pinning Ceremony7:00 p.m.1st Presbyterian Church Downtown
Saturday, May 4, 2019
College of Business Breakfast Reception8:00 a.m.Helmerich Hall, 2nd Floor
College of Engineering Breakfast Reception8:00 a.m.Rayzor Hall
Commencement Check-in9:00 a.m.Reynolds Center Practice Gym
Commencement Processional9:45 a.m.Reynolds Center
Graduate School PinningImmediately followingReynolds Center President's Suite
Student Association Graduation Party8:00 p.m.Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown

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Believed to have originated in the early 15th c. at Oxford University, the Baccalaureate service is religious in nature providing the opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the significance of the rite of passage expressed through graduation. At the University of Tulsa, Baccalaureate begins the celebratory festivities of the
Commencement weekend and is held in the beautiful and stately sanctuary of Sharp Memorial Chapel. Graduates are invited to wear their caps and gowns. Family and friends are welcome.

Baccalaureate Luncheon

Located on the south lawn of Sharp Chapel immediately following the Baccalaureate

Final Bell Party

Please join the TU Alumni Association and the Future Alumni Council for a party to celebrate the graduating class of 2019. There will be alumni giveaways for graduates, live DJ entertainment and a photographer for the Bell Ringing.

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa will hold its annual Initiation Ceremony. During the ceremony, initiates will be asked to take the Phi Beta Kappa pledge in unison. Chapter officers will give a short history of the Society and of the Alpha Chapter. Each initiate will be introduced.

Graduation Party

Sponsored by the Student Association and located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 100 East 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK 74103. Graduates may invite their family and friends to attend from 8:00pm to 12:00am. The Hyatt Regency Hotel is also offering a special rate for TU graduates and their guests. Just mention that you are with the TU Graduation Party 2019 group to get the special rate when booking.

Disability Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities who require special services should contact the 504 Coordinator in advance of commencement by calling (918)631-2315. TDD (918)631-3329.