Circumstance changes the pomp

An OCC committee is developing plans for a meaningful, yet conventional, commencement.

Orange Coast College’s traditional commencement ceremony will take on a new look this year as organizers look for alternatives to the customary cap-and-gown event.

Rozanne Capoccia-White, dean of Enrollment Services, said the 2020 ceremony will be held in an alternative format to comply with state directives and, although the Commencement Planning Committee remains in its early planning phases, they are dedicated to provide a meaningful experience for students.

“We don't have enough information at this time to announce the exact details of the event’s date or delivery,” she said. “We can confirm that our traditional in-person ceremony will not occur.”

According to Capoccia-White, graduates can expect an email in the coming weeks seeking feedback on the potential alternatives in addition to any updates regarding the ceremony.

“We ask all graduates to respond to the communication as soon as they receive it — your voice is important to us,” she said.

Capoccia-White said commencement activities will be free for graduates and their guests, as they plan to incorporate families into the celebration, and diplomas should be expected in the mail no later than August.

“We know it is not the same, but are committed to doing all that we can to celebrate the achievements of our graduates,” Capoccia-White said.