50th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Ocean County College's 50th Annual Commencement Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Umbrellas will be permitted, in case of inclement weather. Please note that all backpacks and large bags are prohibited from the Commencement area during the ceremony.  All other bags will be subject to search. 

Commencement Program

Tuesday, May 23: Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony - Watch Video
7:00 p.m., Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts (Building #12)
Nursing Graduates Honored at Pinning

Wednesday, May 24: 50th Annual Awards Ceremony - Watch Video
7:00 p.m., Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts (Building #12)
Outstanding Students Honored At OCC Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 25: OCC Veterans Memorial Ceremony
3:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial, Campus Mall* (*This event has been cancelled.)

Applying for Graduation

  • Students must apply for graduation (PDF) in order to receive a degree from OCC. An Application for Graduation must be brought to the Cashier's Office with the graduation fee.
  • Students should submit an Application for Graduation after they have registered for their final semester of courses at OCC.
Graduates posing

Graduation Deadlines

The deadlines to apply for graduation are:

  • Fall completion: November 1
  • Spring Completion: March 1
  • Summer Completion: July 1

*If the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline date will be the next business day.

  • Deadlines for applications are firm.
  • Please submit your Application for Graduation prior to or no later than the deadline date.
  • Anyone applying after the stated deadline will automatically be placed into the next semester's graduation.
  • The best time to submit your Application for Graduation is right after you have registered for your final semester.

ALL STUDENTS – The Lampitt Law regulates the transfer of courses from NJ county colleges to 4-year NJ state schools for students earning an AA or AS degree. You will receive notation of graduation status on your permanent transcript and the ability to include this degree on your resume.

NURSING STUDENTS – Graduation is required for you to take the NCLEX exam to obtain a nursing license. Questions can be directed to the Nursing Department at (732) 255-0400 x 395

Students may visit the Academic Advising Center for a degree audit to discuss their graduation status.

graduates with umbrella

Graduation Applications

Graduation applications must be returned, in person, to the Cashiers Office with your graduation fee payment of $25.00. Students who plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony can place their cap and gown orders online through the Herff Jones website where they can be purchased for $65.00. Students should bring their paperwork from the Cashier's Office, along with a copy of their online order confirmation, to the bookstore where the gowns and caps can be picked up.

Application for Graduation (PDF)

Diploma Information

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

Fall completion: starting March 13, 2017

Spring completion: starting July 24, 2017

Summer completion: starting October 23, 2017


Students who live out of the area can submit a request for their diplomas to be mailed by completing the Permission to Mail Diploma Form (PDF).

Certificate Fees

A fee of $10.00 to cover the cost of printing and lettering is charged to students receiving certificates.


If you are transferring to another school, and need your transcripts to reflect your status as a graduate, please note this information will not automatically appear on a transcript until approximately two weeks after the graduation date. Click here for information on obtaining your transcript.

Inclement Weather Provision

  • In the event of severe weather conditions, Commencement will be moved to Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. 
  • The decision to move the ceremony will be made by 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 25, 2017 and will be announced on the College website (, Ocean TV20, or by calling 732-255-0400 for a recorded message.
  • In the unlikelihood of inclement weather on Friday, May 26, 2017 the Commencement Ceremony will be canceled. Students will report directly to the Gymnasium where pictures will be taken as graduates receive congratulations.



49th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Ocean County College's 49th Annual Commencement Ceremony took place on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

2016 Student Award Ceremony:
May 25, 2016, 6:30 PM
Outstanding Students Honored At OCC Awards Ceremony
View Video

2016 Nurses Pinning Ceremony:
May 24, 2016, 7:00 PM
Nursing Graduates Honored At Pinning
View Video