University discontinues ceremony

Farris Willingham, Editor-in-Chief

The university hosted its last winter commencement ceremony  for undergraduate and graduate students in December 2011, officials said.

Because of budget cuts, the university will host commencement ceremonies only in May, said Dorothy Tennery, executive assistant to the provost, in an email.

“As with other universities and businesses across the United States, Oklahoma City University has experienced issues related to the economic downturn and resulting financial challenges,” she said. “Departments campus-wide have been asked to examine their budgets and find savings wherever possible while still remaining true to our mission.

“As always, students may complete their requirements and have their degrees conferred in December, May or August, but all students will be encouraged to participate in the May ceremony.”

Students who expect to graduate in December 2012 may participate in the May 2012 or the May 2013 commencement ceremony, Tennery said.

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