Graduation -- Credit Students

Plan to attend the 2015 Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 12, 2015!

This ceremony includes degree and certificate graduating students from OCCC’s credit classes as
well as General Education Development (GED) graduates and English Speakers of Other languages (ESOL) graduates. Our very own president, Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge, will be our commencement keynote speaker. There will also be a student representing GED graduates, a student representing ESOL graduates, and a student representing degree and certificate graduates. The student speakers’ messages are always uplifting, so come and support your peers and get inspired. 

The OCCC Central Campus will close at 4:00 on the day of commencement. Call Student Services at 541-867-8501 if you have any questions. We hope to see there!

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015
Ceremony location:
Newport Performing Arts Center
777 W Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365

Directions & parking information
Graduates check in by: 5:00
Commencement Ceremony begins: 6:00
Reception to Follow

Come and celebrate the accomplishments of OCCC's graduates at this special event.

At this year’s commencement ceremony special tribute will be made to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.  All veterans who gown up at this year's commencement--students and faculty alike--will be awarded a special cord honoring their service in the military. If you are a veteran and would like to wear one of these cords, please identify yourself to the graduation committee by sending an email to  We need this information so we can order the correct number of cords.

Information for graduates and their guests:


Announcements You may purchase announcments directly from Jostens when you purchase your graduation regalia.

Graduation Regalia
Students need to purchase their caps and gowns for graduation. Please contact Jostens for information about sizes and ordering. All orders must be placed by Thursday, May 21, 2015.  
Please contact Student Services if you have a financial hardship that would prevent you from participating in graduation. 

Attendance It is important for us to know if you will be walking at the graduation ceremony. Please email and confirm your participation in the June 12, 2015 graduation ceremony by May 15, 2015.

Next Step What will be your Next Step? The information you provide will be read at the graduation ceremony as you cross the stage to receive your diploma or certificate. Please complete this form and let us know what the future holds for you. Will you be transferring to a university? Taking a break? Looking for work?  

Parking Parking is free for you and your guests. Keep in mind that those attending the GED/ESOL commencement ceremony will be occupying spaces in the PAC parking lot also, so plan on arriving early. 

Family and Guests You may bring as many guests as you wish to the ceremony. No tickets or reservations are necessary for your guests.

Your Diploma When you cross the stage, you will receive a congratulatory certificate in place of your actual degree or certificate. The official document will be mailed to you if all graduation requirements have been met. Please return to your seat after you cross the stage area so you can be conferred as a graduate of Oregon Coast Community College.

More questions? If you have questions, please call 541-867-8501 or send an email to