SPRING commencement 2021

To celebrate the great accomplishments of our graduates, USAO is inviting all graduates from April 2020 to April 2021 to the spring 2021 ceremony.


April 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. 


USAO Oval (outdoors)

The university will livestream the ceremony for anyone to view online. 


Click on the button below to view the livestream event. If needed, type in "commencement" in the search bar and the event will be available to watch. 

Note: The feed will go live 15 minutes before the event.



Each graduate will get four tickets for guests. Seating for guests will be arranged in pods of four. Tickets will be required for seating at the ceremony. Guests without tickets will be allowed to stand beyond the ceremony seating as long as they are socially distanced.

Graduates may pick up their tickets from Kristi Hendricks, Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs, Troutt Hall Rm. 215.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Everyone in attendance will be required to wear masks for the entirety of the ceremony. This includes graduates, guests, faculty and staff. There will be portable restrooms, handwashing stations, hand sanitizer and extra disposable masks available outdoors.

Information for Graduates


Rehearsal will be held Friday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. It is imperative that you are in attendance for this rehearsal. Please contact Chelsea Phillips, Registrar, at or 405-574-1205 if you are not able to make it to rehearsal.

Professional Photos

The USAO Alumni Association will be set up in a tent outside of Troutt Hall beginning at 9 a.m. for an opportunity to have a professional photo taken of you in your cap and gown. This is a free gift to you provided by the USAO Alumni Association. The USAO Alumni backdrop will also be set up under the tent for post-ceremony candid photos with friends and family. Make sure you get a photo in front of the DROVER ALUM sign set up in front of Troutt Hall.

Other Important Info

Before your diploma is released, you  must complete a Senior Exit Exam. This is specific to your major. Please contact the Assessment Office, Troutt Hall 318A, 405-574-1281,, for more information on completing your Senior Exit Exam. 

Please check and clear all of your outstanding holds. We will not be able to release your diploma or final transcript if there are any outstanding holds left on your account.

Final transcripts and diplomas for spring 2021 graduates should be ready for you to pick up by May 17. Diplomas not picked up by June 14 will be mailed to the address indicated on your graduation application. USAO is not liable for diplomas once they are mailed. Please be sure the Registrar’s Office has your correct address.