2021 Virtual Commencement Information


It was a year like no other, but you persevered. Despite the many challenges to complete your education, you are getting ready to graduate and we are extremely proud of you. In light of state and federal Coronavirus (COVID-19) recommendations regarding large events, our 2021 Commencement ceremony will be held virtually. While a virtual event does not take the place of a traditional in-person ceremony, it does allow us to recognize your great achievement.

Key Dates
  • Now: Make a graduation application appointment with an OCC Counselor
  • Thursday, April 15: Apply to graduate by this day
  • April 16th to May 10: If you apply to graduate during this period, you can still participate in Commencement, but your name won’t be in the program and you won’t receive a Grad Box.
  • Saturday, June 12: OCC Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Applying to graduate after May 10?

You can apply up until the Fall 2021 semester begins August 30 and be considered a Summer 2021 graduate. However, you won’t receive a Grad Box, be listed in the program or be able to participate in the June 12 Virtual Commencement Ceremony.

In addition, some of the steps listed below may not apply.

6 Steps to Ensure you can Graduate & Participate in the 2021 OCC Virtual Commencement

Step 1: Schedule an appointment with an OCC Counselor to apply for graduation.
Step 2: During your appointment you'll complete your graduation application with the counselor.
Step 3: Receive confirmation from the Registrar's Office
Step 4: Receive emails with more 2021 OCC Virtual Commencement Information.
Step 5: Confirm your mailing address
Step 6: OPTIONAL Purchase your gown (Caps and tassels are provided in the Grad box that will be mailed to you.)

Step 1: Schedule an appointment with an OCC Academic Counselor

This will only take about 30 minutes. You must complete your graduation application by Thursday, April 15. There are two options for scheduling your appointment:

  • Log into your MyOCC account.
  • Click “Students.”
  • Under the Academic Profile area, click “Make a Counseling Appointment.”
  • Select the campus where you would like to schedule your counseling appointment.
  • Select “Make Appointment”
  • Select “phone call to discuss graduation requirements” for the reason why you're scheduling the counseling appointment, and click “Continue.”
  • Select the day, start time, stop time and Counselor you want for your appointment.
  • Click “Search.”
  • Select the green box to make your appointment
  • Enter and verify your phone number. Then click “Submit”
  • You’ll receive an appointment confirmation to your OCC email address

You can schedule your appointment with an OCC counselor by calling the number below for your specific campus.

  • Auburn Hills: 248.232.4350
  • Highland Lakes: 248.942.3050
  • Orchard Ridge: 248.522.3450
  • Royal Oak: 248.246.2450
  • Southfield: 248.233.2750

Step 2: During your appointment, you’ll complete your graduation application with the Counselor

  • Upon receipt of the authorizing email from your OCC email address, the Counselor will work with you to complete your application and will submit it on your behalf during your appointment
  • If you have any questions about your graduation application after your appointment, you can follow up with your Counselor by sending an email through your OCC email account.

Step 3: Receive confirmation from the Registrar’s office

  • Once your graduation application has been submitted, you will receive an email from the Registrar’s office at your OCC email.
  • This will explain the graduation process and diploma mailing date.
  • Once your graduation application has been processed, the Registrar’s office will email you a graduation letter.

Step 4: Receive emails with more 2021 OCC Virtual Commencement information

  • You’ll start to receive these in May to your OCC email address.
  • You’ll receive specific instructions about how to participate, including by uploading videos, pictures and quotes to be included with the announcement of your name.

Step 5: Confirm your mailing address

  • You’ll also receive a Grad Box in the mail that includes your cap and tassel, Commencement program, diploma cover, OCC swag and more.
  • If you have an address change, please update your address as soon as possible to ensure that you can receive your Grad Box and diploma.
  • You can do this at any campus Student Services Office, or by emailing Enrollment Services.

Step 6: OPTIONAL: Purchase your gown. (Caps and tassels are provided in the Grad box that will be mailed.)

  • You may purchase your cap, gown, tassel and announcements at the campus bookstoreApril 1 through June 4.
  • Honor cords, veteran cords and separate pieces (cap, gown or tassel) are also available at each campus bookstore for your convenience.
  • Allowable gown adornments include Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) stoles, honor cords, National Society for Leadership Success regalia and/or veteran cords.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff of OCC, we are so proud of you and your achievements. We also extend our congratulations to the family and friends who supported your educational journey. With your OCC studies completed, you can start a great new career, obtain the promotion you desire, or transfer to a four-year institution for further studies. Congratulations, and we look forward to celebrating with you at the 2021 OCC Virtual Commencement!

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