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

The three levels of university honors, cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude, may be awarded with the conferral of a student’s earned baccalaureate with the following cumulative grade point average: 3.60-3.74, cum laude; 3.75-3.89, magna cum laude; and 3.90-4.00, summa cum laude. 

Departmental, school and conciliar honors (i.e. presidential scholars, psychology, etc.) are awarded to selected students that meet the criteria described in the appropriate section of the Undergraduate catalog.

Students who are uncertain, or have questions regarding honors, should consult with their academic adviser.

University, departmental, school and conciliar honor cords are awarded to eligible graduates at the registration table on the day of commencement at no charge to the student.

The honor societies are responsible for the distribution of their honor cords. Contact your organization for distribution and any costs that may be associated.

Students inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society may purchase Golden Key honor cords from the Office of Student Involvement. For more information, please contact Jean Ann Miller at (248) 370-4332.

Application for Degree
To be eligible to graduate, you must complete an Application for Degree for both Undergraduate Degrees and Graduate Degrees before the posted deadline. To view your application for degree, please log in to your Sail account. For questions concerning academic status, contact your academic adviser.

Students receiving recognition for a University or special award should contact the Office of the Dean of their college or school for instructions on special seating arrangements.

Caps, gowns, announcements and rings
Commencement attire is required for participation in commencement ceremonies. Graduates may purchase their caps, gowns, personalized announcements and rings through the OU Bookstore, (248) 370-2404, in the lower level of the Oakland Center. Appropriate dress attire is required for graduates. Casual clothing such as jeans, T-shirts, and tennis shoes, etc. are not allowed, high heels are not recommended.

Diploma covers are handed out during the ceremony. Diplomas are mailed to graduates approximately 6-8 weeks after graduation. Diplomas will not be issued to any degree candidates who have outstanding financial obligations. For questions regarding diplomas, call the Academic Records office at (248) 370-3450 or email

Inclement weather
In case of inclement weather, please call the university at (248) 370-2000, tune in to WJR or WWJ radio, or watch FOX2, WDIV-TV, or WXYZ-TV for information on cancellation of ceremonies.

Non-degree recipients
Oakland University main commencement exercises are for students completing degrees. If you have earned a non-degree seeking certificate (ie. master's certificate or continuing education certificate), you will not be participating in commencement.

Professional photographers will photograph graduates as they receive their diploma covers. The company will contact graduates independently with information on purchasing photos. For questions regarding graduation photographs contact GradImages at (800) 261-2576.

Students who have requested confidential status
To comply with FERPA regulations, your name will not be listed in the commencement program. If you wish to have your name added to the program, you must inform the Academic Records Office in 160 North Foundation Hall. Students who have requested privacy under FERPA should keep in mind that Oakland University will not be able to confirm your attendance at OU when employers call to verify degrees. To remove privacy restrictions from your record, you must go to the Office of the Registrar (160 North Foundation Hall) with photo identification.

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