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70th Annual Commencement

Congratulations Class of 2018!

It's Time to Celebrate your Achievement

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

5:30 pm at the Pacific Amphitheater 

100 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Can't make it to Commencement?

Commencement videoWatch the 2018 Ceremony Live

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Graduate Essentials



(subject to change)

Cap & Gown Set 

(1 cap, 1 gown, 1 tassel. 

Sets for women include 

1 white collar)


Students MUST have their "Save the Date" postcard for all cap & gown purchases.



April 16 - May 23, 2018 

Mega Tassel 

(Navy and Orange Souvenir Tassel)



​Single Tassel


​Mini Tassel Key Ring


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​Announcements & Grad Packages

*2 week turnaround time,  please order early

 Honor Cords

Contact Terry Scarbrough in the Garrison Honors Center

(714) 432 - 5601


Grad Images ​


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Commencement Flowers

Flowers and Lei's


OCC Bookstore & Alumni Gifts


​Class Rings


​Diploma Frames



*If you are in one of the following programs, please contact your program's office for instructions on acquiring regalia (cap, gown, tassel). Remember to bring your "Save the Date" card:

 EOPS (714) 432-5817 | Guardian Scholars (714) 432-6877 | Student Equity (714) 432-6847 | Veterans (714) 432-0202 x25836



2018 Commencement Information

Graduates Check-in (4:00 - 4:45 pm) 

  • Check-in (Lot F).  
  • Graduates must arrive BEFORE 4:45 p.m. 

Ceremony  (5:30 pm) 

  • Approximately 90 -120 minutes
  • Ceremony Etiquette: Graduates are expected to silence their phones and remain in their seats for the duration of the ceremony. Towards the end of the ceremony, graduates will be instructed to "Move your Tassel". At the completion of the ceremony, Graduates will exit the Amphitheater following Faculty and the Platform Party towards the Reception area for refreshments.
  • Receiving your Degree: You will be prompted to stand and move to the stage to accept your degree or certificate. Accept with your LEFT hand; as your RIGHT hand should be free for a handshake.
  • Photography: Your photograph will be taken by professional photographers (1st) behind the stage and (2nd) onstage after receiving your degree. 

Graduates & Guests Reception (after ceremony)

  • Meet your guests and favorite professors in (Lot D) and enjoy some sweet treats and refreshments. 
  • Take lots of photos and tag us #COASTGRAD


  • Student Parking ONLY (Gate #4/ Lot E): Enter Gate #4 on Arlington, across Fairview from OCC.
  • Student Drop-off (Gate #4): Enter Gate #4 on Arlington, across Fairview from OCC.
  • Guest Parking (Gate #1+2/ Lot B): Enter through Main Gate (#1) at Fair Dr. and Civic Center or Gate #2 at Fair Dr. and Vanguard.   

Additional Information  


  • Suggested dress: Please dress appropriately for the occasion. Comfortable shoes are strongly encouraged as you will be going up and down many stairs during the ceremony.  
  • Bag Check Area: If you have an oversized bag or backpack that you would like to drop-off at the Bag Check Area, please do so, before processional begins. You will be given a "Bag Tag". Your bags/items will be available after Commencement.
  • Tickets are not required for this event. There is no limit to the number of guests graduates may invite to Commencement.

Accessibility & Accommodations

  • Students: If you will be requiring accommodations due to a disability, please contact the DSPS office at least 2-weeks prior to the event to make arrangements. Accommodations include designated seating for graduates using a wheelchair, ASL Interpreters for hard of hearing students, guides for blind students, etc. With advanced notice, we will try to accommodate you. Please contact the DSPS Office at or (714) 432-5807.
  • Guests: If you have family or friends that require physical assistance or accommodations in seating, please have them arrive early (45 minutes to one hour). Identify themselves to an OCC staff member and we will make every effort to assist them with appropriate seating arrangements.
  • Strollers: are not permitted in the seating areas or aisles of the Pacific Amphitheatre

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