OSU Institute of Technology will celebrate the 218th graduating class in Covelle Hall on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 2 p.m. OSUIT Nursing graduates will participate in a private pinning ceremony at 10 a.m.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration of graduates has been modified to deliver an event that holds the same traditions of pomp and circumstance with the safety and well-being of the campus community in mind.
"The pandemic has certainly made it difficult for us to celebrate our graduates in the manner we would like, said OSUIT President Bill R. Path. "For the continued safety of our campus community, we are following health guidance to restrict guests on April 20. However, the proliferation of vaccinations and rapid decline of infections in Oklahoma give us hope that we will soon be able to invite friends and family back to campus for future celebrations."
The spring 2021 commencement activities will be held as private functions only with no guests; Covelle Hall will be closed to the public, and only graduating students and the platform party will be permitted entry.
Both ceremonies will be streamed live to the OSUIT Facebook page and made available for on-demand viewing on OState.TV and the OSUIT website so that friends and family may see their graduate crossing the stage and share in that moment.
Changes to the staging and processionals will also be made to enforce social distancing, such as spaced seating and the requirement of facial coverings. All graduates will be provided an OSUIT facial covering for the ceremony. Other contactless options will be integrated into the overall experience.
For more information or updates regarding the 218th commencement ceremonies, please visit osuit.edu/commencement.