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2020 Commencement Postponed


2020 Commencement Postponed

Dear Class of 2020,

Of all the hard decisions we've had to make in recent weeks as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the decision to postpone your graduation may have been the most difficult. As you heard in our recent Zoom call and in our April 10 email, we will not have Commencement on May 9, as originally planned. Instead, we have rescheduled your 2020 Commencement for Saturday, September 5, at 10 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building. This is Labor Day weekend, and our hope is that a long weekend will allow more travel time to those of you who are coming from a distance. Watch for more details about Commencement soon, but for now, mark your calendar for September 5.

Additionally, we’ve had to cancel the Graduates Dinner that was scheduled for April 23. However, we still want to celebrate and congratulate you on a job well done! Watch for a package in the mail, headed your way in the weeks to come, that will include your cap and gown and a special gift from us.

To make sure you receive your gift, we must have your current physical address. Please take a minute right now to update your address at the “Address Correction” form on the Student Life tab of the portal. Update the Spring-Summer 2020 Address Update section with the mailing address where you currently live—even if you’re just crashing on a friend’s couch for the rest of the semester—so that we can make sure your cap and gown and gift reach you. (If you move somewhere else this summer, you can update the form again.) 

So, mark your calendar for September 5, update your mailing address, and watch your mailbox for your gift. Contact Lisa Witte if you have any questions or if we can do anything for you. We’re proud of you, and we're praying for you as you persevere toward the finish line. We can't wait to see you walk across the stage on September 5!

Updated July 13: OCC's 2020 commencement services (Saturday, September 5, at 10 a.m. CT) will not be open to the public, but each graduate may invite a limited number of guests to accompany them. Masks will be required for all who attend. Services will be streamed live for the public at occ.edu/commencement.

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