51st Annual Commencement Ceremony

Ocean County College's 51st Annual Commencement Ceremony took place on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  

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 office of Registration & Records or the HUB.
  • 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, Ext. 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 Registration & Records Office or the HUB. 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. The deadline to purchase your cap and gown online is March 31, 2018. Students should bring a copy of their online order confirmation, to the bookstore where the gowns and caps can be picked up. If you missed the deadline to order your cap and gown online, you may  purchase these items directly from the bookstore while supplies last.  

Application for Graduation (PDF)

Diploma Information

Diplomas can be picked up at the Registration and Records Office:

  • FALL 2017 completion graduates – Diplomas available starting March 12, 2018.
  • SPRING 2018 completion graduates – Diplomas available starting July 23, 2018.
  • SUMMER 2018 completion graduates – Diplomas available starting October 22, 2018.


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 Of Completion & Certificate of Proficiency

Students applying for a Certificate should come to the Registration & Records Office to complete and submit their application.


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 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. 
  • The decision to move the ceremony will be made by 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 24, 2018 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 25, 2018 the Commencement Ceremony will be canceled. Students will report directly to the Gymnasium where pictures will be taken as graduates receive congratulations.