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Graduation Spring 2019

Commencement Ceremony








Congratulations Graduates

This represents the closing of one chapter and the start of another and we are so proud of you. It’s very exciting to look ahead to the future, especially when you are approaching a specific goal, so as you look forward to this occasion there are some very important guidelines to keep in mind in order to complete your senior year and become eligible to participate in Graduation (May 09, 2020).

Here you will find all the information you need as you prepare to “Depart to Serve”.

Commencement Ceremonies

 Marching Cards Distribution
9:00 – 11:00am (May 9th, OUC)
Oakwood University Church (OUC), Multipurpose Room South I & III
NOTE: Must be financially cleared to receive Marching Card!

Education Teacher Dedication Ceremony – Speaker: TBA
10:00 – 11:00 am Moseley Complex, C. T. Richards Chapel (Campus)

Graduation Rehearsal
11:30 am– 1:00 pm, Oakwood University Church Sanctuary (Campus)

Tree Planting/Senior Class /University President
1:30 – 2:15pm, Unity Pond (Campus)

Nurses Pinning Ceremony – Speaker: TBA
4:00 – 5:00pm, Moseley Complex, C. T. Richards Chapel (Campus)

Nutrition and Dietetics Pining Ceremony – Speaker: TBA
6:00 – 7:55pm, Food Laboratory, Cooper Complex III

Religion/Theology Dedication Ceremony – Speaker: TBA
7:00 – 8:00pm, Moseley Complex, C. T. Richards Chapel (Campus)

Marching Cards Distribution: 9:00 – 11:00am (May 10th, OUC) –  Registrar’s Office/Cunningham Hall, 3rd Floor NOTE: Must be financially cleared to receive Marching Card!

Final Date to Financially Clear for Graduation (Student Accounts/Cunningham Hall)

Social Work Pinning Ceremony – Speaker: TBA 11:00am – 12:00pm, Moseley Complex, C. T. Richards Chapel (Campus)

Senior Class/Parent/Guardian Luncheon (Invitations/President’s Office) 12: 30 – 3:00pm, Millet Activity Center (MAC/Skating Center/Campus)

Consecration – Speaker: TBA 8:00pm, Oakwood University Church Sanctuary (Campus)

 Sabbath School, Presenters: 2020 Graduates 9:15 – 10:40am Von Braun Center, Propst Arena (Downtown Huntsville)

Baccalaureate – Speaker: TBA 10:45am, Von Braun Center, Propst Arena (Downtown Huntsville)

Aeolians Mini-Concert: 7:00 – 7:30pm Von Braun Center, Propst Arena (Downtown Huntsville)

Sabbath Vespers – Speaker: TBA 7:30 – 7:45pm, Von Braun Center, Propst Arena (Downtown Huntsville)

Commencement – Speaker: TBA 8:00pm, Von Braun Center, Propst Arena (Downtown Huntsville)

Diplomas Mailed

(Please view your grades on-line at the end of Spring Semester to verify completion)

Important Dates

Spring Semester 2020 

January 31 Deadline to Change Major to General Studies 

January 31 Deadline to Submit Graduation Application for General Studies 

February 2 Graduation Application Deadline for Seniors not enrolled Fall 2019 

February 12 Deadline for Ordering Regalia 

March 22 Graduation Fair (Regalia pick-up and Oakwood Emblem Sale for graduates only) Oakwood University Bookstore 3:00-6:00PM 

April 1 Deadline for Spring Semester 2019 Graduating Seniors for Completion/Grades (Independent Study/Griggs/LSU/Transfer Credits/Incompletes/Changed/Deferred Grades, etc.) 

April 2 Honors Convocation (Chapel/Oakwood University Church) 

April 7 Tentative Graduation List to Department Chairs and Academic Deans 

April 10 – May 9 Graduation Clearance 

April 22 Final Graduation List for Printing 

April 28 – May 1 Final Exams 

May 8 Senior/Parent/Guardian Dinner-Hosted by the University President and First Lady (Millet Activity Center/The MAC/Skating Rink, 12:30 – 3:00pm) 

Consecration (Oakwood University Church, 8:00pm) 

May 9 Baccalaureate (Von Braun Center, 10:45am) Commencement (Von Braun Center, 8:00pm) 

June 30 Degrees Mailed (All outstanding balances must be cleared before diplomas are mailed) 

Presidential Senior Reception
Tickets are available for pick up Monday, April 29, 2019 at 9am through Thursday, May 9th by COB.

Each graduating Senior must be on the approved list of graduates and must provide a form of identification (OU ID, driver’s license, etc.) in order to pick up their tickets.

Ordering Regalia

Students should order their graduation regalia online at Please do not change the address as your cap and gown will be delivered to the bookstore.   You will be able to purchase extra tassels (if you are a dual degree recipient), diploma frames etc.

Please note after ordering your cap and gown, you must visit the Office of Student Accounts to make your graduation fee payment of $368.00. The deadline for this payment is March 2020.

Invitations may be purchased online, at, at an additional cost.

Parents and Guests

Graduation Attire:

Your Academic Regalia is the appropriate attire for the occasion. This includes: a black academic gown, hood, and mortarboard with no personal accessories. Please refrain from posting any messages on your mortarboard. Student members of approved academic honorariums for Commencement may wear their insignia or honor cord of that academichonorary. Flowers, personal jewelry, pins or cords from social fraternities or sororities are not to be worn on academicrobes. (See approved list below/Academic Honors). Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in students being removed from the Commencement line-up. Regalia (caps and gowns) may be ordered at Payments must be submitted by February 12, 2020.  

What are the qualifications to graduate with honors?

In order to graduate with honors, students must meet the following GPA requirements



GPA Requirement

Honorable Mention

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25

Cum Laude

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50

Magna Cum Laude

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75

Summa Cum Laude

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.90


What do the tassel colors mean?


Tassel Color


Golden Yellow

Allied Health, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics & ComputerScience


Business Information Systems & Adult and Continuing Education


Communication & Arts

Light Blue



Art, English, History & Political Science


Family and Consumer Science and Dietetics


Silver – General Studies

Sage Green

Health and Physical Education






Theology and Religion


Social Work


When are diplomas mailed? 

Diplomas will be mailed out on June 30, 2020. Please call the Registrar’s office for more information. 

Is there a limit to how many family members and guests can attend the Commencement service?

No, currently there are no tickets or limit to the number of family and guests attending Commencement. Guests are stronglyencouraged to refrain from excessively loud forms of expression during the presentation of degrees in order to allow forthe appropriate recognition of the other graduates and to maintain proper decorum. Cow bells, air horns, whistles, andother noisemakers are strictly prohibited. Due to lack of space in the East Hall, guests should go directly to the arena.The arena will open Saturday night at 6:00pm. Seating arrangements at the VBC is first come, first serve seating. There is no reserved seating in the VBC; seating accommodations will be made only for those personswith special disabilities. (See Special Disability Needs below). 

Special Disability Needs 

For special disability needs for Baccalaureate and Commencement, please contact Von Braun Centerpersonnel: or 256-533-1953 

Approved Academic Honors

Students graduating with university-wide and academic honors who are members of the following organizations may wear the cords, ribbons, etc., described below, on their robes at Commencement:  

Approved Honors


Honor Cords

Gold Cords: 3-Summa Cum Laude; 2-Magna CumLaude;

1-Cum Laude

Honor Medallions

White, Blue, Green and Gold Ribbons

Academic Departments

Medallions and Cords

Officers Cords


Presidential Medallions

Blue Ribbon

Alpha Chi National University Honor Scholarship Society

Navy Blue and Green Cords

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) National Biological HonorSociety

Green and Red Cords

Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society

Gold and Purple Cords

Kappa Delta Pi

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International

Purple and Gold Cords

Phi Alpha National Honor Society

The Official Class Kente Shawl



What are the locations for LINE UP for graduation? 

Arrive at the Monument to Service one hour before Consecration (OUC), Friday evening, May 8, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Arrive atthe Von Braun Center/East Hall one hour before Baccalaureate, Saturday morning, May 9, 2020, 10:45 a.m. Arrive atthe Von Braun Center/East Hall one hour before Commencement, Saturday evening, May 9, 2020, 8:00 p.m.Graduation attendants will be there to assist. 

The procession will begin prior to the start of the ceremony—Please be on time! The Marching Card indicates your number in line and there will be University staff to assist with the line-up. Your Marching Card is the key to receiving yourdiploma jacket. NO CARD, NO MARCHING and NO DIPLOMA JACKET. 

The marching card is required at all three services (Consecration, Baccalaureate and Commencement).  

Driving Directions and Parking: 

Visit the Von Braun Center (VBC) website for driving directions, Parking is available in lots adjacent to the VBC (Nominal fees of: City Parking Deck $5-Across from the VBC; South Hall Parking $10.00;and North Hall Parking $10.00). 

Who is the official photographer for graduation?

Lifetouch Special Events The Commencement Committee has arranged to have photographers at the ceremony totake high quality photographs as you receive your diploma. Proofs will be mailed to you within seven days after Commencement. There is no obligation to purchase the finished prints. If you order photographs, the prints will be delivered within 2-3 weeks. The Lifetouch Special Events photographer is the only photographer authorized by the University to sell photographs to the graduates. Photos will be online at one week after the ceremony.


Contact Us
Cunningham Hall
Phone: (256) 726-7353
Fax: (256) 726-7199

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