Spring 2018 Commencement Information

GUIDELINES FOR GRADUATES

Date/Time/Location

The 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 4, 2018, 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 2017 graduates, Fall 2017 graduates, and Spring 2018 graduation candidates completing their degree requirements by May 12, 2018 are eligible to participate in Commencement. 

Summer 2018 graduation candidates may be eligible to participate in the 2018 ceremony if they are within 6 hours of meeting degree requirements and plan to finish those requirements in Summer 2018. 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.

Eligible students who wish to have their name included in the commencement program MUST submit their graduation application no later than Friday, March 23, 2018.

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 27, 2018 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 4, 2018.

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 

The robing area designated for graduates will be on the second floor of the Convention Center, BE ADVISED, in order to enter the arena during the ceremony, you will walk down two flights of stairs. You will also be walking around the arena and standing for prolonged periods. Please choose COMFORTABLE SHOES for the occasion.

Graduates are asked to report to the Cox Convention Center between 6-6:30 p.m on the 2nd floor, in the Southeast Hallway. 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 2018 Commencement ceremony.  To view and order the photos, please go online at www.okcpartypics.com.  There is no obligation to purchase a photograph.

The 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be available via a live stream on the OCCC website May 4th 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. We encourage you to check our website again in April for additional details and instructions. 

 

Should you need any accommodation due to a disability, such as needs related to a service animal, using the stairs or

wheelchair access, please notify the Graduation Office no later than April 27, 2018.