Ceremony Information

Graduation deadlines:

  • Apply for Graduation in the counseling office by Monday, April 16, in order to have your name listed in the Commencement Program.
  • Students may continue to apply for graduation and participate in the ceremony until Thursday, May 17.
  • If you have an address change, please update your address at any campus Enrollment Services Office as soon as possible so your diploma is mailed to the correct address.



  • Tickets will be required of all guests attending Commencement.  Graduating students do not need a ticket.  Please refer to Ceremony Tickets below for more information.
  • Students earning an Applied Science degree (AAS or AASX) and/or a certificate (CT) will attend the morning ceremony this year.  This degree or certificate will take precedence should a student be earning multiple degrees.
  • Students earning an Arts degree (AA), a Business Administration degree (ABA), a Science degree (ASC), a Liberal Arts degree (ALA), or a General Studies degree (AGS) will attend the afternoon ceremony this year.



  • NEW: Students may purchase their cap/gown/tassel online.  Visit the Herff Jones website to select your items (before March 13) and then pick up at an OCC Raider bookstore of your choice.
  • Student may also purchase their cap/gown/tassel and announcements at a campus bookstore April 2 through May 18 (until 1:00 p.m.).
  • Honor cords, veteran cords, and separate pieces (cap, gown, or tassel) are also available at a campus bookstore for your convenience.
  • Caps and gowns will NOT be available on the day of Commencement.  Students may not march ungowned. Please dress appropriately for the occasion.  (Shorts are not recommended.)
  • Allowable gown adornments include Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) stoles, honor cords, and/or veteran cords.



  • As the O'rena has limited seating, OCC will be incorporating a ticket issuance process to ensure up to four (4) guests of each graduate are able to attend.  If there are questions, please contact a campus representative listed below.
  • Four (4) tickets will be distributed to students upon request in the campus bookstore until May 10.
  • The student must be the one to pickup up the tickets with picture ID.  Tickets will not be mailed.
  • Distribution of tickets will be subject to Bookstore hours.  NOTE: On Fridays, the Bookstores close at 1:00 p.m., including the day before Commencement.
  • Starting May 10, students may call Admissions at (248) 341-2181 to request their tickets.
  • Tickets will be color-coded for each ceremony (Morning - 10:00 a.m.; Afternoon - 2:00 p.m.).
  • Infants in a lap do not need a ticket.
  • Tickets cannot be duplicated.
  • Replacement tickets will NOT be available.
  • Additional tickets that were never claimed may be available the morning of Commencement.  Information will be posted online regarding availability numbers as the ceremonies draw closer.



  • The morning ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m., so graduates attending that ceremony should arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. for check-in.
  • The afternoon ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m., so graduates attending that ceremony should arrive no later than 1:15 p.m. for check-in.
  • Graduates should enter the Oakland University campus from either Squirrel Road or Walton.  Signs to the O'rena will be prevalent.  Maps are available at the Location & Maps link.
  • Graduates are to enter the Recreation Center adjacent to the O'rena and follow directions to the lower gymnasium area for check-in.
  • All graduating students are encouraged to attend their Commencement Ceremony (the appropriate morning or afternoon ceremony, but not both).  The ceremonies will each last approximately one and a half hours.
  • Please plan to remain for your entire ceremony honoring your fellow graduating students.
  • Graduates are not allowed to use cellular phones during the ceremony.
  • Late arrivals are not guaranteed participation in the ceremony.  Remember to account for construction traffic and Commencement traffic.
  • At Commencement, you will receive a diploma cover. Your official diploma will be mailed to the address on file within 90 days after the semester of degree or certificate completion.
  • Due to ceremony timing, graduates and guests will be asked to leave promptly following each ceremony.
  • Graduates will not have access to the check-in area after the ceremony.
  • Graduates should not bring purses, flowers, etc. to the check-in area. Items may not be left in the check-in area, and you will not be allowed to carry any items out with you to the ceremony.
  • Children will not be allowed to sit with or walk across the stage with graduates.  Please make arrangements for their care during the ceremony.



  • To help guests determine seating, graduates with a last name beginning with the letters "A" through "K" will be seated on the left side of the main floor when facing the stage, and graduates with a last name beginning with the letters "L" through "Z" will be seated on the right side of the main floor when facing the stage.
  • Guests should enter the north entrance (the main entry) to the O'rena.
  • Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for the 10:00 ceremony and at 1:30 p.m. for the 2:00 ceremony.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Due to ceremony timing, graduates and guests will be asked to leave promptly following each ceremony.



  • The O'rena and recreational facility are both handicapped accessible for graduates and guests.
  • For graduates needing assistance with a disability, staff volunteers will be available to assist you at check-in.
  • For guests with a disability, there are nearly 100 seating accommodations in the arena where family members may sit nearby. Family members should provide assistance getting to or from the seating area.
  • Sign language interpreters will be present at both ceremonies.
  • For questions/concerns, please view the Contact Information listed below.



  • Helium balloons
  • Noisemakers
  • Outside food and drink
  • Alcohol/Tobacco products - Oakland University is a tobacco-free campus.
  • Camera or video tripods
  • Weapons of any kind


Contact Information

Auburn Hills

Anne Palmer
Phone (248) 232-4136

Ordering (cap, gowns, etc.)
Auburn Hills Bookstore
Phone (248) 232-4320

Highland Lakes

Sue Henke
Phone (248) 942-3335

Ordering (cap, gowns, etc.)
Highland Lakes Bookstore
Phone (248) 942-3020

Orchard Ridge

Linda Emerson
Phone (248) 522-3510

Ordering (cap, gowns, etc.)
Orchard Ridge Bookstore
Phone (248) 522-3420

Royal Oak/Southfield

Linzella Young
Phone (248) 233-2704

Ordering (caps, gowns, etc.)
Royal Oak Bookstore
Phone (248) 246-2420

Ordering (caps, gowns, etc.)
Southfield Bookstore
Phone (248) 233-2720

Disability Assistance

Shawn Dicicco
Phone (248) 942-3082

For the hearing impaired
please use Michigan Relay
(800) 649-3777

Stephen M. Linden
Laurie G. Huber