2011 Graduation Information
January 24, 2011 at 8:33 AM
That time you have looked forward to, receiving a degree from Oakland City University, is just a few weeks away. Graduation Day is May 7, 2011. There are two graduation ceremonies. The first at 10:00 am will be for the undergraduate students (Main Campus and Bedford). The second will be at 1:00 pm for the Adult Degree and Graduate students (ASBA, BSBA, MBA, MAT, MDiv, DMin and EDD). In preparation for that event, I need to call your attention to the following items.
Caps and Gowns
All students who participate in the Commencement program are required to purchase and wear academic caps and gowns. Caps and Gowns are purchased online directly from Herff Jones via their website https://collegegrad.herffjones.com
or by going to the OCU website www.oak.edu
and clicking on the Herff Jones link. The deadline for ordering online without an expedited shipping fee is
April 11, 2011. Beginning April 18, 2011, caps and gowns must be purchased through the OCU Bookstore (812-749-1403) with a late fee of $20.00 being applied. In addition to the late fee an expedited shipping fee of $20.00 will be charged on all orders. There will be no in store pick-ups.
The graduation fee of $75.00 must be paid in the Business Office before you can receive your diploma. This is a fee that is charged regardless of your attendance at the ceremony. The fee covers the expenses of diplomas, diploma covers, honor cords, mailing expenses, programs, etc.
Honors Program (Oakland City Campus).
This program is scheduled to be held in the Johnson Center on April 27, 2011 at 11am. Awards and recognition will be made in many areas of academic study and social life of the University. All Oakland City Campus students and their family and friends are urged to be present! Honors cords will be given at the Graduation Ceremony on May 7.
President’s Graduate Cookout
The President’s Graduate Cookout will be held at the President’s home, 136 N. Lucretia St., Oakland City, IN on April 28, 2011, at 5pm. More information will be sent out later or watch for more information on our website www.oak.edu
This is a REQUIRED rehearsal for the Commencement Exercise. It will be held on Friday, May 6 , at 10:00 am sharp! Oakland City graduates will meet in Johnson Center. Graduates of the School of Adult and Extended Learning, and MAT/EDD Graduate candidates are not required to attend practice. (There is a map of the University enclosed)
University-Wide Alumni Banquet.
The Alumni Association annual banquet will be held in Bower-Suhrheinrich Student Center on Saturday, June 11, 2011. You will receive more information from the Alumni Relations office or watch for more information on our website. www.oak.edu
Commencement is to be held in Johnson Center at 10:00 am for Main Campus and Bedford students and 1:00 pm for SAEL and graduate students, on Saturday, May 7.
Those who complete degrees on or before May 7, are REQUIRED to be present. Those who graduated in December 2010 are also welcomed to attend. Those who are August 2011 graduates (those who will finish their work at the end of May term or by August 31st) are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend.
Transcripts must be ordered from the Registrar’s Office. Students may go to the OCU website home page, click “forms” on the blue bar at the bottom of the page, and select Transcript Request form. Print out the form, complete the form and send it via mail or fax. No free transcripts are given. No transcript can be sent without the student’s signature. No transcripts can be electronically sent. Students requesting transcripts must have a clear account with the Business Office and all exit interviews with the Financial Aid Office completed before a transcript can be sent.
May 7, 2011
9:15AM CST SHARP
Clear Day Location Rainy Day Location
Chapman School of Religious Studies Johnson Center Weight Room
Dr. Douglas Low, Dean,-BA, BS, AA, Certificate
School of Arts and Sciences Women’s Dressing Room (north
Kennedy Center Third Floor side of gym) east end
Dr. Claudine Cutchin, Dean,-BA, BS, AA
School of Education Women’s Dressing Room (north
Kennedy Center Second Floor side of gym) west end
Dr. Mary Jo Beauchamp, Dean,-BA, BS, AA
School of Business Johnson Center, Rm. 210 (upper
Kennedy Center Lobby level)
Marilyn Enlow, Dean, BS
Bedford Campus Johnson Center, Rm. 203 (upper
College Chapel level)
Dr. Kay Collins, Director of OCUB,-BS, AA, AS
12:15PM CST SHARP
Clear Day Location Rainy Day Location
Chapman School of Religious Studies Women’s Dressing Room (north side
Chapel of gym) east end.
Dr. Douglas Low, Dean,-DMin., MDiv.
School of Education Women’s Dressing Room (north side
Kennedy Center First Floor of gym) west end
Don Royal- MAT
(assisted by Dr. Mary Jo Beauchamp)
Kennedy Center First Floor Lobby
Dr. Bart McCandless, Director of Ed.D. Women’s Dressing Room (north side
of gym) west end.
School of Adult and Extended Learning Men’s Dressing Room (south side
Associate and Bachelor – Kennedy Center, Second
Floor of gym)
Masters - Kennedy Center Third Floor
Dr. Micheal Pelt, Dean, MBA, BSBA, ASAB
1. All incomplete grades, online courses and extension courses must be
completed and on file in the Office of Academic Affairs by 4:30 p.m. on
Thursday, May 5, 2011.
2. A grade point average of 2.0 is required in order to receive a degree from
Oakland City University. (Bachelor-Non-Teaching Degrees must have a 2.3 GPA in their major, Teaching Degrees require a 2.75 GPA in their major.
The Master of Business Administration requires a 3.0 GPA; and Master of Art in Teaching degree and the Doctorate of Leadership is a 3.5 GPA)
3. Those finishing in August should be registered for the May term and/or
Summer session for the courses in which they are deficient.
4. ALL OBLIGATIONS to the University (dorm fees, library delinquencies,
tuition, the graduation fee, etc.) must be completely satisfied before a diploma
can be awarded, an official transcript released, or teacher certification secured.
The Business Office on the main campus is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EXIT INTERVIEWS must be completed with the Financial Aid Office also.
5. ALL DIPLOMAS WILL BE MAILED VIA CERTIFIED MAIL. Please
allow at least 6 weeks after graduation to receive.
December 2010 graduates:
1. Be sure to wear your honor cord that you received with your diploma.
2. After President Barber has handed your diploma cover to you, please
return it in the specified box as you leave the gym.
Finally, now that I have shared with you the required information, I want to add my word of congratulations and take this opportunity to wish you every success in the years ahead! We look forward to your contribution in society and I am sure you will represent Oakland City University well in your community. We seek your continuing interest in OCU as an alumnus.