Okes was educated at Eton College. He entered King's College, Cambridge in 1818, graduating B.A in 1822 and M.A in 1825. He was appointed a Fellow of Kings in 1826; and ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1827. He was on the staff of Eton from 1821 to 1848. He was Provost of King's College, Cambridge from 1850 until his death; and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1851 to 1852.
- Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students, Graduates and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge, from the Earliest Times to 1900, John Venn/John Archibald Venn Cambridge University Press > (10 volumes 1922 to 1953) Part II. 1752-1900 Vol. iv. Kahlenberg – Oyler, (1947) p584
- 'CAMBRIDGE COMMENCEMENT, JULY 5' The Bury and Norwich Post: Or, Suffolk and Norfolk Telegraph, Essex, Cambridge, & Ely Intelligencer (Bury Saint Edmunds, England), Wednesday, July 13, 1825; Issue 2246.
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