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Commencement for the Class of 2019 - 1,215 graduates -will start at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the BOK Center, 200 South Denver Ave W., in downtown Tulsa. Visit Graduation Celebration for information about the party afterwards. Information on this page as well as graduation photography is also available through the Activities Office at the High School.

Questions? Call 918-357-7235


Rehearsal is required for all seniors! On graduation day, Monday, May 13, seniors report to their first hour class. At 9 a.m., all seniors will be dismissed to the gym. They will receive their wristband for lining up at rehearsal and that evening's ceremony. Once they receive their wristband, they will get on a school bus to travel to the BOK Center.

Upon arrival at the BOK, seniors should enter through the southwest door (look for the "ONEOK Premium Level" sign), turn right & proceed up the escalator to the mezzanine area. Leadership officers and staff will be present to guide students to the seats. When practice is complete, students will return to the High School to be dismissed for lunch. Students should return to the BOK Center by 6:30 p.m. Students will report to the mezzanine area that they entered during rehearsals. After rehearsal, graduates will know approximately their seating location as well as the aisle they will use for the processional and recessional. Parents may choose to coordinate their choice of seating based on this arrangement.


Seniors must report to the mezzanine area of the BOK Center no later than 6:30 pm. Upon arrival at the BOK, seniors should enter through the southwest door (look for the "ONEOK Premium Level" sign), turn right and proceed up the escalator to the mezzanine area. Elevators to the mezzanine area are located to the immediate left. In the mezzanine area, there will be teachers and signs to assist with lining up.

Please leave purses, bags, phones, etc., with family members as there will not be security for personal belongings in the line-up area. No students will be allowed to carry anything in the processional.

BOK Restrictions/Requirements for Patrons!/event-related/


The graduation ceremony is a formal occasion and appropriate behavior is expected. The BOK Center regulations do not permit noise makers or any other items which would disrupt the ceremony. Any violations of these regulations may result in confiscation of the items or removal of individuals from the arena. Family members are limited to saving only two seats per person. All unoccupied seats must be released at 7:20 pm. Doors will open a 6 pm.

Appropriate Dress

Appropriate dress for the graduation ceremony will consist of the following worn under the official gown:

Boys: dark or khaki trousers, dark dress shoes, and dark dress socks, along with a dress shirt, preferably white, and a tie.

Girls: a light colored dress which must be shorter than the gown, or black slacks, along with white, taupe, or black shoes.

Approved special recognition items include:

  • Medals:
    Valedictorians and Salutatorians
  • Stoles:
    Student council officers and class officers
    National Honor Society
    National Technical Honor Society
  • Cords:
    Top 10%
    Distinguished graduate

No other recognition or decorative items may be added to the graduation gown or cap. Students whose attire does not comply with these regulations may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Several days before graduation, the gown should be taken out of the wrapper and hung to let the wrinkles fall out. The mortar board is worn flat on the head. Tassels are to be worn on the right side of the cap before graduation and will be moved to the left side as part of the ceremony. DO NOT USE A HOT IRON ON YOUR GOWN OR STOLE!

Transcripts and Diplomas

You must request your final transcript in Naviance for the college you plan on attending. If this is your 1st transcript for the college (TCC, for example), you will need to pay $1.00 for the transcript in the College Career Center, before graduation. If this is your 2nd transcript for the college, you MUST indicate your acceptance on the "Colleges I Am Applying To" screen and then REQUEST your final transcript. You DO NOT have to pay for the 2nd transcript. We will only transmit final transcripts that have been requested! Final transcripts will not be sent until final grades have been posted - most likely, mid -June.

Diploma pick-up is tentatively set for the week of June 17. Follow @UnionHSTulsa and @cccunion on Twitter for updates. Graduates must have turned in all textbooks/ equipment and cleared all fines. Questions regarding diplomas? Call the Registrar at (918) 357-7204.

Live streaming

Can't make it to the BOK Center or have family out of town? Watch the ceremony online here at!! 

It will also be available on YouTube here and on the Union Sports App.

BOK Center Parking Information

Union first in nation to issue digital diplomas, transcripts using blockchain technology

Union Public Schools is the first district in the U.S. to issue digital diplomas and transcripts using blockchain technology. Beginning May 2019, graduating seniors will be digital owners of their diplomas, enabling them to share official high school transcripts instantaneously via a desktop application or mobile app. Prospective colleges, universities, or employers can immediately verify the authenticity of the blockchain diploma by receiving it via text message or email from the student. Continue reading


The following is a letter by Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler that was shared with parents last fall.

Commencement to move to the BOK Center in May 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian of the Class of 2019,

Dr. Kirt HartzlerWe have made a very important change to our 2019 graduation ceremony. 

After much analysis and reflection relating to the graduation experience at the Mabee Center, we have decided that a change of venue is in order. Our Class of 2019 graduates will celebrate commencement at the BOK Center in May 2019.

This move will be a significant change for Union. I am excited because it will allow us to offer adequate seating and space, while enhancing the security and safety for everyone. Due to growth in the number of graduates and family members in attendance, staying at the Mabee Center would have necessitated some dramatic changes. Moving downtown to the BOK Center will enable us to maximize the space without limiting our families’ participation in this special event.

We know that graduation will take place in May 2019, but we are unable to give you a firm date at this time. The BOK Center will not offer us a contract for a confirmed date until they finalize their spring concert schedule around December 1. We plan to present a graduation date for approval at our December board meeting.

While this change will not come without a few growing pains, rest assured that we will do everything we can to make this a stellar experience for Union graduates and their families. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates in May 2019 as we create new traditions at the BOK Center.

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.