Graduation Instructions for Students

Date & Time of Commencement Ceremony

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. on the College Mall.
  • Graduates must arrive at OCC by 5:00 p.m. to prepare for the procession.
  • Graduates will assemble in the Gymnasium of the HPEC Building.
  • Late graduates will not be permitted to enter the procession.
  • There is no rehearsal; please make arrangements to arrive on time so you will know what to do for the ceremony.

Inclement Weather Provision

  • If severe weather conditions are expected, the Commencement ceremony will be moved to the Pine Belt Arena on Old Freehold Road in Toms River.
  • If the ceremony will be moved because of inclement weather it will be announced by noon on May 21st.
  • Check the college home page at or call the main phone number at (732) 255.0400 for a recorded message.

Commencement Security Announcement

To ensure the safety and security of our Ocean County College community, security procedures will be in place during our Commencement ceremony, May 21, 2015.

ALL backpacks and large bags are prohibited from campus during the Commencement ceremony.  All other bags will be subject to search. 

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.


  • Invitations are not required for admission to the ceremony.
  • There is no limit on the number of guests.
  • Guests must arrive by 6:00 p.m.
  • Guests are not permitted to save seats.

Handicapped Access

  • Graduates requesting special accommodations should contact the Office of Student Life at (732) 255.0400 ext. 2139, at least three days prior to the ceremony so that accommodations can be arranged.

Graduation Fee

  • If you paid the graduation fee an invitation was mailed to your home.
  • If you elected to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, an additional purchase of a cap and gown from the College Bookstore was required.
  • You should already have ordered a 2015 cap and gown at the College Bookstore which constitutes your registration to participate in the 2015 Commencement Ceremony.
  • If you have not ordered a cap and gown at the Bookstore, it is assumed you have elected not to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Please note: If you do not complete the requirements for your degree by the end of the Summer Sessions, you must reapply for Graduation 2016 and repay the graduation fee.

Cap & Gown Distribution

Honors, Cum Laude, NJ STARS, & Phi Theta Kappa

  • Students in the Honors Program are eligible for Green/Gold tassels.
  • Students with a final grade point average of 3.5 or greater are eligible for Gold tassels.
  • Phi Theta Kappa students may purchase a PTK stole.
  • Students graduating from the NJ STARS program are eligible to receive a pin recognizing their efforts.
  • Note: Due to the dependence on final grades, these special tassels and pins will not be available when students pick up caps and gowns. Honors, PTK, and NJ Stars students should stop in the Bookstore on May 19th or 20th to pick up their tassel, stole and/or pin for use at the ceremony.
  • Note: Phi Theta Kappa members who have not already done so must immediately inform Student Life at (732) 255.0348 of plans to graduate. Failure to do so will result in your being omitted from the Bookstore list for the stole and your status will not be noted in the Commencement program.

Diploma Distribution

Actual diplomas will not be available at the ceremony. Diplomas can be picked up at the Registration and Records Office:

  • Fall completion – starting February 23rd, 2015
  • Spring completion - starting June 22nd, 2015
  • Summer completion - starting September 21st, 2015

Graduate Photos

  • Island Photography will take pictures of graduates as they receive congratulations.
  • Island Photography will e-mail proofs to you, but you are under no obligation to purchase.
  • Island Photography will not sell the graduation list for any other purpose.
  • Family and friends may still take their own pictures at the ceremony.
  • DVDs of the 2015 Commencement will be available for purchase from the bookstore 3-4 weeks after the actual event.

Commencement DVD Order Form (PDF)