Spring 2017 Commencement Information


The 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 5, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cox Business Services Convention Center. Parking will be available around the center and in the Myriad parking garage.


Eligibility to Participate

Summer 2016 graduates, Fall 2016 graduates, and Spring 2017 graduation candidates completing their degree requirements by May 5, 2017 are eligible to participate in Commencement. 

Summer 2017 graduation candidates may be eligible to participate in the 2017 ceremony if they are within 6 hours of meeting degree requirements and plan to finish those requirements in Summer 2017. Summer candidates who are interested in participating should have their application on file by the Spring deadline to be considered for eligibility.

Graduates should indicate their interest to participate in Commencement upon completing their application for graduation. If you did not indicate your interest to participate in Commencement on your graduation application, contact the Graduation office at (405) 682-1611, extension 7470, to receive approval to attend.

Eligble students who wish to have their name included in the commencement program MUST submit their graduation application no later than March 17, 2017.

Cap and Gown Required - Get it Early!

Participation in the ceremony requires that you wear a cap and gown. Cap and gowns will be available to purchase in the Bookstore. You are encouraged to purchase your cap and gown by April 28, 2017 so that we will have an accurate number of participants; however, cap and gowns will be available until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Purchasing a cap and gown requires approval from the Graduation Office. If the Bookstore does not have your name on the approval list for commencement eligibility, please go to the Graduation office located across the hall from Academic Advising.

The Day of the Ceremony 

Graduates are asked to arrive between 6-6:30 p.m., then report to Southeast Hallway  of the arena area for the forming of the commencement processional. Look for OCCC Commencement signs to guide your way. 

The arena seating for friends and family will be open at 6:30 p.m.; please let your guests know that prior to this time, there is no designated waiting area with seating available. Guests are unable to accompany you to the robing/waiting area designated for graduates.

Convention Center parking and surrounding area parking is available to you and your guests at a cost of approximately $10.00.

Candid Color Photography will be the official photographer for the 2017 Commencement ceremony.  To view and order the photos, please go online at www.okcpartypics.com.  There is no obligation to purchase a photograph.

The 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be available via a live stream on the OCCC website May 5th at 7:30 p.m.  If your family and friends are unable to make it, please encourage them to celebrate with you this way! You will be able to access the live feed at www.occc.edu/GET.

If you have questions about the Commencement Ceremony, contact the Graduation Office at (405) 682-1611, ext. 7470.

Should you need any accomodation due to a disability, such as sign language interpretation or

wheelchair access, please notify the Graduation Office no later than April 21, 2017.