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Commencement Schedule

Commencement Ceremonies — Saturday, May 5, 2018

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.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Time Location
College of Arts & Sciences Breakfast Reception 8:30 a.m. Mary K. Chapman Great Hall
Baccalaureate 11:00 a.m. Sharp Chapel
Final Bell Party 12:30 p.m. Bayless Plaza
Speech Pathology Tea 1:00 p.m. Mark K. Chapman Center Lobby
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony 5:30 p.m. Sharp Chapel
College of Law Hooding Ceremony 5:00 p.m. Reynolds Center
Nursing Pinning Ceremony 7:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Time Location
College of Business Breakfast Reception 8:00 a.m. Helmerich Hall, 2nd Floor
College of Engineering Breakfast Reception 8:00 a.m. Rayzor Hall
Commencement Check-in 9:00 a.m. Reynolds Center, Practice Gym
Commencement Processional 9:45 a.m. Reynolds Center
Graduate School Pinning Immediately following Reynolds Center, President’s Suite
Student Association Graduation Party 8:00 p.m. Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown


Believed to have originated in the early 15th century 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 ceremony.

Final Bell Party

Please join the TU Alumni Association and the Future Alumni Council for a party to celebrate the graduating class. 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 Downtown. Graduates may invite their family and friends to attend from 8 p.m. to midnight.


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.

For campus maps, including a parking map, visit

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.