2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, August 8, 2020, 10 a.m.

Oakland Community College’s Commencement is the most important event we host all year. It is a time for everyone in the College community to celebrate this milestone accomplishment of our graduates. Although the state is reopening gradually, it seems extremely unlikely we will be able to host a traditional Commencement ceremony on August 22.

Given this, the College has decided to host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 10 a.m. While a virtual commencement does not take the place of a traditional in-person ceremony, it is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the great achievements of our graduates in a way that is meaningful.

To further celebrate our graduates’ success, OCC graduates will also receive a complimentary "Grad Box" via the mail which includes a cap and tassel, Commencement program, diploma cover, OCC swag and more.

We look forward to celebrating the great accomplishments of our graduates during this historic and unprecedented time.


How can graduates participate in a Virtual Commencement?

Every graduate is given the opportunity to upload a personal video message. They can also upload a photo and personal written message. Students who choose not to upload a video message still get a recognition clip that will appear in the procession with their name called and their slide.

How will graduates be contacted?

You will be contacted through your OCC email address a few weeks prior to the Virtual Commencement with instructions on how to up load a message, image, or video.

How do I watch the Virtual Commencement?

Graduates will have a link sent to their OCC email prior to the Virtual Commencement where they will be able to watch the Ceremony. The ceremony will also be available on the OCC website after the ceremony to share with family and friends.

How do I confirm my address on file with OCC?

Go to your MYOCC account, select My Profile and there you can see your address on file.

How do I change my address on file?

The Grad Box will be sent to the address you have on file with the College as of June 30, 2020. If you need to change your address or update your graduation record, fill out this Student Update Information Request and email the form to ces@oaklandcc.edu from your OCC email address.

Can I still order my cap and gown?

Yes - you can order your cap and gown and many other graduation memorabilia online from the College Bookstore

When will I receive my diploma?

Your diploma will be put into the mail to the address OCC has on file by June 30, 2020, for winter 2020 graduates. Summer 2020 graduates’ diplomas will be mailed out on October 30, 2020. OCC will not mail your diploma to a forwarding address or to any student with a financial hold with the college. Please update your address with Enrollment Services. as noted above.

If I want the experience of walking in a Commencement, can I participate in next year’s Commencement ceremony?

Unfortunately, students graduating in one year are not eligible to participate in the following year’s Commencement Ceremony.

When will Graduates receive the GRAD BOX?

Grad Boxes are being mailed out starting July 20.

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Contact Information

Auburn Hills

Anne Palmer
Phone 248.232.4136

Ordering (cap, gowns, etc.)
Auburn Hills Bookstore
Phone 248.232.4320

Highland Lakes

Sue Henke
Phone 248.942.3335

Ordering (cap, gowns, etc.)
Highland Lakes Bookstore
Phone 248.942.3020

Orchard Ridge

Belynda Gambrell
Phone 248.522.3510

Ordering (cap, gowns, etc.)
Orchard Ridge Bookstore
Phone 248.522.3420

Royal Oak/Southfield

Kim Combs
Phone 248.246.2611

Ordering (caps, gowns, etc.)
Royal Oak Bookstore
Phone 248.246.2420

Disability Assistance

Michelle McLane
Phone 248.522.3481

For the hearing impaired,
please use Michigan Relay
Phone 800.649.3777

Steve Linden
Ken Faulk