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      Commencement 2019

      Graduation students in the stadium

      Feature Story

      2019 Commencement Weekend

      A celebration honoring summer, December, and May graduates.


      Stadium gates open at 5:30 P.M. | Tickets are not required to attend commencement. 

      Security scanning will be required upon entrance to the stadium. Visit here for more security information. 

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      2019 Commencement Speaker:
      Soledad O'Brien

      Award-winning journalist, documentarian, entrepreneur and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien will deliver the University of Oklahoma’s Commencement address at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 W. Brooks St.

      Among her many awards, O’Brien’s coverage of race issues won two Emmys, and she received a third for her reporting on the 2012 presidential election. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill earned George Foster Peabody Awards. CNN received an Alfred I. DuPont Award for her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami. The docuseries Latino in America, of which she was the host, received the UNITY: Journalists of Color Award in 2010.

      She is the author of two books, The Next Big Story, her memoir; and Latino in America, the companion book to the CNN documentary series Latino in America.

      Currently, O’Brien hosts Matter of Fact, airing locally on the weekends, and is a member of both the National Association of Black Journalists and Hispanic Journalists.

      O’Brien attended Harvard University from 1984 to 1988, left to work at WBZ-TV in Boston, then returned to Harvard in 2000 to complete her degree while pregnant with her first child.

      O’Brien is the daughter of immigrants, with her father hailing from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, and her mother from Havana, Cuba.

      In 2011, O’Brien and her husband, Brad Raymond, created the PowHERful Foundation, which helps young women get to and through college through financial assistance, mentorship and services for young women from low-income backgrounds.

      Soledad O'Brien
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      Commencement Processional Instructions

      The University-wide Commencement ceremony will begin when the graduates process onto the field accompanied by flags, banners and music.

      Students should dress in business casual attire. As a matter of safety, we do not recommend that students wear stiletto heels to the Commencement ceremony. Students will be crossing the football field and may find it difficult to walk safely on the soft turf.

      Doctoral degree candidates and their hooding faculty will arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. in the Barry Switzer Center Grand Lobby and proceed upstairs to prepare for the processional. Doctoral students and their faculty will process down the steps of the south end zone and be seated in section 44. Click here for more details.

      Bachelor’s and Master’s degree candidates are asked to arrive at the stadium no later than 6:00 p.m. Candidates should enter through their designated stadium entrance.

      The following colleges will enter in GATE 7 and be seated on the east side of the field and in lower sections 32 and 33:

      • Architecture
      • Arts and Sciences
      • International Studies
      • Journalism
      • Law
      • OU Health Sciences Center

      The following colleges will enter in GATE 3 and be seated on the west side of the field and in sections 3 and 4:

      • Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences
      • Business
      • Earth and Energy
      • Education
      • Engineering
      • Fine Arts
      • Professional and Continuing Studies
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      Get details on convenient places to park, how to ride the shuttle and other helpful hints.

      For detailed information and updates, visit ou.edu/commencement.