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Office of the Provost

Wilson Hall, Room 205
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-2190

Office of the Provost

Wilson Hall, Room 205
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-2190

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General Information

Commencement Drive-In FAQ and General Information

When will the Virtual Commencement Fair take place?
Text keyword ThisIsOU to 58052 to receive a link to your virtual commencement fair.

What is the deadline to submit my photo for the Drive-In Commencement?
Photos should be submitted by Friday, August 14th by 5:00 pm to be included. 


What are the dates and times of the Drive-Ins?

Friday August 28, 2020
9 a.m. - Undergraduate Ceremony: College of Arts and Sciences
 
2 p.m.  - Masters and Doctoral Ceremony

Saturday August 29, 2020

10 a.m.  - Undergraduate Ceremony: School of Education and Human Services, School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences 

3 p.m.  -  Undergraduate Ceremony: School of Business Administration, School of Engineering and Computer Science and Bachelor of Integrative Studies

When will I get my diploma?
Those who attend the drive-in commencement will receive a diploma cover. Students will receive their official diploma 8 - 10 weeks after the end of the semester. Those who are unable to attend the in-person event can request a diploma cover from the Provost's Office. 

If I participate the Drive-In, will I still be able to go to a traditional ceremony when they are able to be held? 
Yes, if you decide to go participate in the drive-in, you will still be welcome back to a traditional in-person ceremony when they are able to be safely held in the O'rena. 

Will you have multiple ceremonies like you usually do when held in the O’rena?
Yes, we will still split the ceremonies by School or College.

Where will the Drive-In be located?
It will be located in the main parking lot (P1).

When will we be able to get in?
We will open the parking lot 1 hour prior to each ceremony. The spots are first come, first serve and you will be directed to a spot by an OU staff member.

Should I dress in regalia?
Yes! We want this to be interactive and fun! Decorate your car and cap too. We know it may be hot, so you can opt to just wear your cap and tassel if you prefer.

How do I order my regalia? 
You can order your regalia here. Please note that items are only returnable with receipt/invoice if unopened and returned on or before August 26. 

How will we get a parking pass for the event?
Please RSVP for the event here. Parking passes may be picked up at the OSI ticket window in the lower level of the Oakland Center starting on August 10th from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pick ups will be allowed up until the day of the event. THOSE WHO ARE MEDICALLY ABLE MUST WEAR MASKS ON CAMPUS AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. 

How will I get my honor cords?
Honor Cords may be picked up at the OSI ticket window in the lower level of the Oakland Center starting on August 10th from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pick ups will be allowed up until the day of the event. THOSE WHO ARE MEDICALLY ABLE MUST WEAR MASKS ON CAMPUS AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. 

Will my extended family and friends be able to watch online?
We will have videos on our commencement website that will include the speeches and recorded elements played at the event. The live elements during the event will only be view-able to those who attend.


Details and Etiquette:

  • No limos, buses, or charter vehicles will be allowed. One family vehicle is permitted with the graduate as a passenger.
  • Families are welcome to decorate their cars for their graduates.
  • All family members will be required to stay in their car. Graduates will have an opportunity to exit the vehicle at a specific point in the ceremony and will be instructed to do so. Tailgating will not be allowed.
  • Graduates will adhere to social distancing guidelines when they are out of their vehicle, maintaining 6 feet of distance from others. There will be no contact with staff, administration, or other graduates.
  • Families should refrain from using air horns and playing loud music during the ceremony as a courtesy to other guests.
  • Families will be advised to tune their radio to an FM station to listen to graduation speeches and instructions as they wait in their cars.