The end is near… for the graduating Class of 2012 at Oral Roberts University.
That’s great news for 633 students who will receive undergraduate and graduate degrees at the 2012 Commencement scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Mabee Center.
ORU’s six colleges will award the following number of degrees:
• College of Arts and Cultural Studies: 173 bachelor’s degrees
• College of Business: 103 bachelor’s degrees, 39 master’s degrees
• College of Education: 20 bachelor’s degrees, six master’s degrees, four doctoral degrees
• College of Nursing: 39 bachelor’s degrees
• College of Science and Engineering: 120 bachelor’s degrees
• College of Theology and Ministry: 60 bachelor’s degrees, 71 master’s degrees and six doctoral degrees.
Of the 633 students who will be conferred diplomas, eight of those students will receive two degrees.
Hollywood film producer Ralph Winter will deliver this year’s commencement address. His film credits include the “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” movies as well as episodes three through six of the “Star Trek” film series.
Winter holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkley. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Several preliminary events are scheduled for the Class of 2012 before they actually walk across the Mabee Center stage May 5 to receive diplomas.
All participating seniors must attend a mandatory rehearsal at noon Friday, May 4, in the Mabee Center. Caps and gowns will not be worn at this event.
Those students also will be participating in hooding services within each department at the following times and places May 4:
• Behavioral Sciences – 7:30 p.m. at Fellowship Lutheran Church, 6727 S. Sheridan
• Biology and Chemistry – 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Howard Auditorium
• Business (undergraduate) – 7 p.m. in Christ’s Chapel
• Business (graduate) – 7 p.m. in Christ’s Chapel
• Communication, Arts and Media – 7:30 p.m. in Howard Auditorium
• Education (undergraduate) – 4 p.m. in CityPlex Towers (60th floor)
• Engineering, Computer Science, Physics and Math – 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Howard Auditorium
• English and Modern Languages – 2-3:30 p.m. in Zoppelt Auditorium
• HPER – 2:30 p.m. in Mabee Center Conference and Event Center (south side of building)
• History, Humanities and Government – 10 a.m. in Zoppelt Auditorium
• Music – 3-4 p.m. in Timko Barton Performance Hall
• Nursing – 1 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, 111th and Yale
• Theology (undergraduate) – 3 p.m. at Central Church, 7291 E. 81st St.
• Theology (graduate) – 3 p.m. in Christ’s Chapel
Students are asked to arrive at hooding 30 to 60 minutes before the start of the service.
They should consult their individual departments for more specifics.
The Honors Program will hold a separate hooding from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the Holy Spirit Room in Christ’s Chapel.