Order of Exercises - The University of Tulsa

Order of Exercises

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The order of exercises for all graduation ceremonies is below.

  • Undergraduate Order of Exercises

    Academic Procession
    Pomp and Circumstance
    Edward Elgar, Composer

    Ram Mohan, Ph.D.
    Marshal & Mace Bearer

    “America, the Beautiful” (first verse)
    Caleb Ricketts
    Candidate, B.M., Vocal Performance, Spring 2021

    Invocation
    Jeffrey C. Francis, B.M.Ed. ’78, M.A. ’88, Ph.D. ’90
    Sharp Chaplain

    Greetings
    Dana Weber, B.S. ’79, J.D. ’83
    Chair, TU Board of Trustees

    Frederic Dorwart, J.D.
    Past Chair, TU Board of Trustees

    Welcome
    Janet Levit, J.D.
    Interim President, The University of Tulsa

    Charge to the Graduates
    Ann Heidger, B.A. ’99
    President, The University of Tulsa Alumni Association, 2019-21

    Madison Pickett, B.S. ’20
    President, Student Association, 2019-20

    Faith Nichols
    President, Student Association, 2020-21
    Candidate, B.S. Management and Economics, Spring 2021

    Introduction of Speaker
    Interim President Levit

    Commencement Address
    Phil Armstrong
    Project Manager, 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission

    Presentation of Candidates for Degrees
    Tracy Manly, Ph.D.
    Acting Provost

    Robin Ploeger, Ed.D.
    Dean, Oxley College of Health Sciences

    Ralph Jackson, Ph.D.
    Interim Dean, Collins College of Business

    James R. Sorem, Jr., Ph.D.
    Dean, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

    Kirsten Olds, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean, Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

    Conferring of Academic Degrees
    Interim President Levit

    Upon conferring of degrees by the president, the graduates will move their tassels from right to left.

    Graduates announced

    Alma Mater
    Marjorie Sheaff
    Candidate, B.M., Vocal Performance
    B.S. Biochemistry, Spring 2021

    Benediction
    Jeffrey Francis
    Sharp Chaplain

    In keeping with the solemn nature of this ceremony, please maintain quiet on the main concourse and once you are seated. Only TU graduates, faculty, and staff will be allowed on the field during the program.

    Audience, please remain seated during the recessional. Guests will be dismissed by section at the end of the ceremony and should exit the stadium through the same gate in which they entered.

    A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired in front of Section 114.

  • Graduate Order of Exercises

    Academic Procession
    Pomp and Circumstance
    Edward Elgar, Composer

    Ram Mohan, Ph.D.
    Marshal & Mace Bearer

    “America, the Beautiful” (first verse)
    Caitlin Norton, B.M. ’20
    B.M., ’20

    Invocation
    Jeffrey C. Francis, B.M.Ed. ’78, M.A. ’88, Ph.D. ’90
    Sharp Chaplain

    Greetings
    Dana Weber, B.S. ’79, J.D. ’83
    Chair, TU Board of Trustees

    Frederic Dorwart, J.D.
    Past Chair, TU Board of Trustees

    Welcome
    Janet Levit, J.D.
    Interim President, The University of Tulsa

    Charge to the Graduates
    Ann Heidger, B.A. ’99
    President, The University of Tulsa Alumni Association, 2019-21

    Lauren Haygood, B.S. ’19
    President, Graduate Student Association, 2021
    Candidate, M.S. Geosciences, Summer 2021

    Introduction of Speaker
    Interim President Levit

    Commencement Address
    Phil Armstrong
    Project Manager, 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission

    Presentation of Candidates for Degrees
    Tracy Manly, Ph.D.
    Acting Provost

    Brenton McLaury, Ph.D.
    Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

    Conferring of Academic Degrees
    Interim President Levit

    Upon conferring of degrees by the president, the graduates will move their tassels from right to left.

    Graduates announced

    Alma Mater
    Aleandra Vest
    Candidate, B.M., Vocal Performance
    B.A. History, Spring 2021

    Benediction
    Jeffrey Francis
    Sharp Chaplain

    In keeping with the solemn nature of this ceremony, please maintain quiet on the main concourse and once you are seated. Only TU graduates, faculty, and staff will be allowed on the field during the program.

    Audience, please remain seated during the recessional. Guests will be dismissed by section at the end of the ceremony and should exit the stadium through the same gate in which they entered.

    A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired in front of Section 114.

  • Law Hooding Order of Exercises

    Processional
    Tulsa Metro Pipe Band

    Invocation
    Jeffrey C. Francis, B.M.Ed. ’78, M.A. ’88, Ph.D. ’90
    Sharp Chaplain

    Welcome and Introduction of Hooding Ceremony Speaker
    Dean Lyn S. Entzeroth
    Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair, The University of Tulsa College of Law

    Hooding Ceremony Address
    Professor Robert Butkin
    Professor of Law
    Director, Sustainable Energy Resources Law (SERL) Program, The University of Tulsa College of Law

    Student Awards
    Professor Karen M. Grundy
    Professor and Associate Dean of Student Affairs

    Valedictory Address
    Vic Wiener
    2020 Class Valedictorian

    Jason Wietholter
    2021 Class Valedictorian

    Graduation Remarks
    Pierre Robertson
    2019-2020 SBA President

    Jon Paul (J.P.) Ray
    2020-2021 SBA President

    Recognition and Hooding of Graduates
    Dean Entzeroth and Professor Karen M. Grundy

    Benediction
    Jeffrey Francis
    Sharp Chaplain

    Recessional Band
    Tulsa Metro Pipe Band

    A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired in front of Section 114.