Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) will stream its first ever virtual commencement ceremony on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. The virtual commencement was pre-recorded and edited to avoid mishaps and interruptions that faced other colleges who moved ceremonies online amid COVID-19. Students, families and all other interested parties can view the ceremony on or anytime after the release date and time, at www.occcgrads.com.
“Our graduates have worked hard for this moment,â€ said OCCC President Jerry Steward. “Most of our students balance school, work and family commitments, and we were determined to find a way to honor and celebrate them as they close out their time at OCCC.â€
In advance of the virtual commencement, over 300 OCCC graduates and their families visited campus for the College’s first Grad & Go event, where they were able to pick up their diploma covers, caps, gowns, and have a professional photo taken. It was an unconventional way to commemorate a significant occasion, but one that students appreciated and that shone some light in a dark time.
“This is my first graduation – I’m really excited,â€ said Macy Conaway, an OCCC graduate who was homeschooled. “I started at a different school but it wasn’t a good fit for me. I worked full-time and was a commuter. I researched my options and was so happy to have found this program. I’ve had such a good experience.â€