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Spring 2023 Commencement

OBU will host the spring commencement ceremony on May 20 at 2 p.m. at First Southern Baptist Church in Del City, Oklahoma. Tickets are not required for admission, but there is a limit of 15 total guests that each graduate can have attend. Up to eight guests may sit in the lower level, and up to seven guests may sit in the overflow balcony.

Guests Requiring Assistance

Contact Sharon Eulberg, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Campus Life and Dean of Students before May 9 to request accessibility and/or seating accommodations. Sharon can be contacted via phone at 405.585.5250 or via email at to make arrangements or if you have questions regarding accessibility.

Requesting arrangements ensures adequate parking, access, and seating. Appropriate accommodations cannot be guaranteed without request prior to Tuesday, May 9. Guests with accessibility needs are asked to contact Sharon Eulberg no later than May 9. Accessibility needs include but are not limited to challenges going up steps or walking long distances, and use of a wheelchair, walker, cane, scooter, or crutches.

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 20, 2023, 2 p.m.
First Southern Baptist Church, Del City
6400 S. Sooner Rd., Oklahoma City

Doors open at 1 p.m. Graduates should arrive by 12:30 p.m. and meet in the Chapel. Enter through the Discipleship entrance and personnel will direct graduates to the Chapel.

Watch Online

The commencement ceremony will be streamed live online on the OBU website home page. The live stream will start approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Important Travel Information

As noted by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, I-40 will be closed between the I-35 and I-240 junctions starting Friday evening and continuing through Monday morning. As part of this closure, I-40 will be narrowed to one lane and routed to I-240. We anticipate a severe backup in traffic at this location and travel time from Shawnee to Oklahoma City will likely be affected.

There are several alternative routes you may take. We recommend you consult your GPS app to find the best route on the day of commencement.

If you are coming from the greater OKC area, please use I-240 and plan for heavy traffic along the route.

Please plan ahead and travel safely.

Nursing Pinning and Lamp Lighting Ceremony

Friday, May 19, 2023, 1 p.m.
Immanuel Baptist Church
1451 E. 45th St., Shawnee

Reception in Fellowship Hall and Student Building following ceremony


Information regarding announcements and other graduation items such as class rings can be obtained at Senior Salute or the Jostens website.

Jostens provides the following graduation items:

Honor Cords

OBU will provide the graduates that are Summa Cum Laude and the graduates who go through the OBU Honors Program with Baccalaureate Hoods. Any student in an honors organization or honors clubs will need to reach out to that organization about honors cords. The president or faculty advisor of each club will have the information on honor cords (if there are any.)