The Edmond Sun

December 9, 2013

UCO to graduate more than 1,000 students Friday, Saturday

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will celebrate the achievements of about 1,179 graduates during the fall 2013 commencement ceremonies Dec. 13-14 in Central’s Hamilton Field House.

Beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 13, UCO President Don Betz will confer degrees on students who have applied to receive bachelor’s degrees from the College of Education and Professional Studies. Later at 5 p.m., the ceremony for about 200 master’s degree candidates will begin.

At 10 a.m. Dec. 14, commencement ceremonies for students who have applied to receive bachelor’s degrees from the College of Business and College of Fine Arts and Design will begin. At 2 p.m., the College of Mathematics and Science and the College of Liberal Arts will begin the commencement ceremonies for students who have applied to receive bachelor’s degrees.

Fall 2013’s commencement marks the beginning of a “greener” graduation at Central. All of the gowns used during the ceremonies will be completely recyclable, and while graduates are encouraged to keep their caps and tassels to commemorate their accomplishments, bins will be available throughout Hamilton Field House to collect used gowns. The program is a continuation of Central’s campus-wide sustainability efforts.

Graduates and guests attending the ceremonies are asked to arrive early because field house traditionally fills to capacity.

Limited parking west of the field house will be reserved for the elderly and those with disabilities. All campus parking spaces, except those in the reserved lot to the west side of the field house, will be open during the commencement events for those attending ceremonies.

Guests attending ceremonies without tickets only will be admitted as space is available following the National Anthem. Those without tickets may view the ceremonies on video monitors in the south foyer of the field house as space permits.

The ceremonies also can be viewed online at, with live streams beginning about 20 minutes before each ceremony. Those with iPhones and Internet-enabled phones using Windows Mobile will be able to view the live webcast of each ceremony on the commencement website, as well.

A list of each college with the number of students who have applied for bachelor’s and master’s degrees are as follows:

• College of Business, 220 bachelor’s degrees and 24 master’s degrees;

• College of Education and Professional Studies, 305 bachelor’s degrees and 114 master’s degrees;

• College of Fine Arts and Design, 68 bachelor’s degrees and three master’s degrees;

• College of Liberal Arts, 305 bachelor’s degrees and 43 master’s degrees;

• College of Mathematics and Science, 142 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees; and

• Interdisciplinary Studies, 26 bachelor’s degrees and four master’s degrees.

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