2021 Commencement

Congratulations Class of 2021! Orange Coast College celebrated the achievements of our graduates at the Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 28 at 5 pm.

View the ceremony with the YouTube link listed below and join the celebration online by posting to our Commencement celebration page

All graduates who have responded to the RSVP form sent via text message or email on April 30, 2021, will receive their recognition slide two to three weeks after the ceremony. For questions or concerns about your graduation or the commencement please contact occgraduation@occ.cccd.edu


Rewatch the Ceremony


Event premiered on
May 28 @ 5 p.m.

Celebrate Online

Snap a photo, tag your family and friends, and add the hashtag #COASTGRAD2021 to join the conversation and show the world you’re now an Orange Coast alum. 

All posts made between May 21 and June 4 will be featured on the OCC Commencement celebration page.

Join the Celebration

Invite Your Guests

Celebrate your achievements together with your loved ones! Plan a viewing party.
Share the below links to the Commencement invitation with your family, friends, supporters, and everyone who is excited to cheer for you. You can also right-click on the links to download the files to share the image or PDF. 

Commencement Invitation Thumbnail 

View Commencement Invitation (JPG)

View Commencement Invitation (PDF)

A virtual ceremony will be held to confer degrees on Friday, May 28 at 5 pm. All graduates who have submitted a graduation petition to graduate in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 are encouraged to participate in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony.

A virtual ceremony has many of the same components of a live ceremony, including presentations from the College President, distinguished faculty, and a few surprises. During the ceremony, your name will be announced as your awards and other recognition are displayed. You will also have the opportunity to interact using the Live Chat feature during the ceremony with your classmates, your faculty, and college staff.

You will need to RSVP to participate in the virtual ceremony. Refer to the "Ceremony Registration" on the right for more information.

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony is not mandatory. If you are able to, we hope that you will join the celebration. However, if students who have met the academic requirements choose not to or are unable to take part in the ceremony, as in prior years, the degree will still be conferred. Your diploma and/or certificate will be mailed to you after the semester has ended and the college has verified that you have met all institutional requirements to graduate.

All graduates who wish to participate in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony will need to register by responding to the RSVP form that they received via text message or to their student email. When you register, you will be asked to:

  • Provide your preferred name, student ID#, and home town
  • Provide a phonetic spelling of your name to ensure your name is pronounced correctly.
  • Upload a picture or short 3-5sec video clip that you would like to represent you in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony.
  • Include a personal message.

The last day to RSVP for the Commencement is May 12, 2021. 

Only graduates need to register for the ceremony, your family and friends do not need to register to view the Virtual Commencement Ceremony. 

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 28, 2021, at 5 p.m. (PST).

The ceremony will be streamed via YouTube Premiere. The access link will be made available to you via email and posted on this webpage. Please share the link with all your guests so they will be able to join your celebration.

The virtual ceremony can also be watched afterward. A link to the video will be available on this page shortly after the conclusion of the ceremony.

OCC's Marketing Department has released a collection of Zoom background images to celebrate the Class of 2021 for their achievements.

Graduates, you can now download these 2021 exclusive Commencement-themed virtual backgrounds for all your Zoom calls, lectures, meetings, and online celebrations.

 Congrats Pirates. 73rd Graduating Class of 2021. Orange Coast College. Blue and orange background with pirate mascot.  Congratulations Graduate Class of 2021. 73rd Graduating Class. Orange Coast College. Blue background with graduating caps.  2021. 73rd Graduating Class. Orange Coast College. Banner with festive ribbons.  

 Class of 2021 Congrats. 73rd Graduating Class. Orange Coast College. Back of graduates with caps.  Class of 2021 Congrats. 73rd Graduating Class. Orange Coast College. OCC Clocktower.  Congratulations Graduate Class of 2021. 73rd Graduating Class. Orange Coast College. View of OCC clocktower and campus building

To download the Commencement virtual backgrounds, right-click on an image and select “Save image as…”. 

Refer to Zoom's instruction to change your virtual background. Happy Zooming!

Graduates can visit the Herff Jones website to purchase regalia and other commemorative graduation items before the ceremony as a keepsake for their hard work and achievement at Orange Coast College. Although regalia is not required to participate in Commencement exercises, graduates may wish to dress in regalia for their Virtual Commencement photo or video.

In addition to regalia, which includes a cap with tassel and gown, graduates may purchase personalized graduation announcements, diploma frames, and class rings via Herff Jones' website . Graduates will receive a gift tassel in the mail from Orange Coast College by the second week of May, you do not need to purchase an additional tassel. Graduates in Special Programs should contact your program’s office for instructions on acquiring regalia.

Regular shipping charges through 4-14-21; Expedited Shipping effective 4-15-21 through 5-28-21. Site closes 5-28-21.

Please note, all photos and messages uploaded to the registration link will be reviewed by administrators and should adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. 

Disclaimer: By completing and submitting a graduation slide, your name, degree, picture and personal message will be displayed publicly during the virtual ceremony and will remain accessible on the World Wide Web. The photograph(s) or video of you submitted to employees or third party contractors of Orange Coast College may be used in connection with the College's virtual graduation ceremonies.  Such Content may be hosted by third party contractors and then disseminated to the general public as part of the College's virtual graduation ceremonies.  

Last updated: May 26, 2021 3:50pm