Grad Central

Applying for Graduation 

Students ready for graduation will automatically have graduation noted for them in the Office of Registration and Records. Students will then be notified via OCC student email that a grad app has been created and they are pending graduation. If you have not received an email and believe you are ready to graduate, please reach out to your advisor or contact the Office of Registration and Records at [email protected].  

2021 Graduation Ceremony Recordings & Photos 

2020 Graduation Photos 

2021 Commencement

By now you would have received an email from the College indicating you are a candidate for graduation. OCC will host an in-person Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the SRC Arena and Events Center. If you have any questions about the below information, contact your school. 

8 Schools of OCC

Requirements to Attend 

In order to be allowed to attend Commencement on May 15, you must have registered by the April 19th deadline, and one of these three items must apply to you and your two guests:

  • Attendees (graduates and guests) must provide proof of COVID vaccination series (either vaccination card or downloaded NYS Excelsior Pass app) completed 14 days prior to the date of the event OR 
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test to include full name and date of test with the specimen collected no earlier than Wednesday, May 12. OCC will be hosting a FREE pooled testing clinic at the Allyn Hall Gym on Wednesday, May 12 for graduates only between the hours of 9am - 2pm. If you can’t attend our testing event on May 12, be sure to locate a testing facility where you can obtain your results in time. Find a COVID-19 testing site. OR
  • Proof of a positive test result or a completed order of isolation within 90 days of the event (if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19).

Confirmed Guidelines

  • You will only be allowed to bring 2 guests with you.
  • Face masks are mandated at all times during the ceremony. Special OCC masks will be provided to all graduates.
  • All attendees will proceed through campus entrance check point as is standard protocol.
  • All graduates at Commencement will have a photo taken with the President upon receipt of diploma. Family members can take photographs from their seats - they are to remain seated at all times.
  • The Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed via YouTube and the OCC Facebook page with a link made available in advance for viewing for those unable to attend.
  • No balloons, air horns or large signs allowed.
  • Once the Commencement ceremony is over, you and your guests will depart campus immediately so that the next group of graduates and their families can arrive to ensure all COVID safety measures can be fulfilled in between ceremonies.
  • You will receive the exact time of your specific Commencement Ceremony prior to May 15 from your school. Please check texts and emails regularly.
  • Any questions should be directed to the School of your major. The schools will have information and will be able to respond to your questions
  • Regalia (cap and gown) need to be ordered through the bookstore. Please note online ordering of commencement regalia (cap and gown) will no longer be available due to shipping delays experienced by our vendor. The regalia website will close on 4/21/2021. For more information, please view our drop-down box below which explains how to get your regalia.
  • Academic dress (honor cords, PTK stoles, etc.) will be available to pick up beginning May 3rd through May 7th during COVID testing hours outside of Allyn Hall. For anyone not able to pick up during that time, there will be another opportunity at the special graduate testing clinic on May 12 from 9am-2pm outside of Allyn Hall. These items will NOT be available to pick up the day of Commencement.

We will continue to provide updates as more details are finalized. 


Online Ordering

Online ordering will no longer be available due to shipping delays experienced by our vendor. The regalia website will close on 4/21/2021. 


Students should visit the bookstore on or after 4/21/2021 to purchase their regalia. The hours are M-Th 9 AM-5 PM and Friday 9 AM-1 PM.

The bookstore will have extended hours the week of 5/10 for rental returns (due 5/14) and last-minute regalia purchases. We will also be open the day of commencement for anyone who cannot make it to campus prior to the event. The hours for event-day purchases are TBD.

PTK & Honors Students

PTK & Honors students' regalia is provided by the OCC Foundation. Eligible students should bring their Lazer Card to the bookstore to pick it up. Any student who is unable to get to campus to purchase their regalia but wishes to have it prior to commencement day should contact the bookstore by phone or email if they do not place an order prior to the close of the website on 4/21. 

To contact the bookstore regarding graduation regalia, email [email protected] or call (315)498-2246.

Graduation FAQs 

What does the term “matriculate” mean?

A matriculated student is one who meets all admission requirements, has been formally accepted into a degree or certificate program, and is enrolled at the college. A student must be matriculated in his or her program in order to apply for graduation.

How many credits do I need to graduate?

Please refer to the College catalog to review your program’s overall credits and degree requirements. All A.A.S., A.A. and A.S. degrees include at least 60 academic credits. Certificate programs include at least 30 academic credits.

How do I have transfer credits evaluated?

The application of transfer credits is subject to department guidelines. Approval from the Office of Registration and Records must be obtained in order to transfer in credits for the degree. Therefore, official transcripts from other institutions from which you wish to earn transfer credit must be mailed to the Office of Registration and Records in the Gordon Student Center. Students are encouraged to have transfer credits evaluated upon acceptance to Onondaga, so credits are in place prior to applying for graduation. Please note that at least 24 credits must be completed at Onondaga.

Can I earn more than one degree from Onondaga?

You may earn more than one degree at Onondaga. A concurrent degree is one in which the student pursues courses of study in two disciplines leading to degrees in both at the same time. A dual degree is one in which the student graduates in a program, and then pursues another degree.

For multiple degrees, a minimum of twenty of the academic credits for any associate degree and ten academic credits for any certificate must be credits which have not been applied to a previously or concurrently awarded degree. If you are interested in pursuing more than one degree you should meet with your advisor.

What is a minor? How do I declare a minor?

Minors are specialized areas of study consisting of twelve credits of approved coursework. If you have interest in one of these areas, consult your advisor on how to set up your class schedule to complete the required coursework. Minors in any of these areas are not open to students who are majoring in that same area. Please fill out our online form

How do I apply for graduation?

There is no need to apply for graduation.  The Office of Registration and Records will automatically create a grad app for you once your degree evaluation is pending completion.  You will receive an email notifying that a grad app was created for you.  You may check your degree audit progress in Student Planning.

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to the current address on file 8 -10 weeks after the end of the term. If you have recently had or anticipate having an address change after graduation, please contact the Office of Registration and Records at [email protected] to notify them of the change.  Students with outstanding balances on their accounts will receive a notification via email that their diplomas are being held. Per SUNY policy, we retain these for one year.  Onondaga Community College must retain any unclaimed diplomas for a minimum of one year, per the SUNY Retention and Disposition policy.  After that time, graduates will be required to reorder their diploma.

How do I replace my diploma?

To order a replacement diploma, fill out the Diploma Replacement Form and return it to Student Central. Payment in the form of check or money order must accompany the form for a diploma to be ordered.

How are honors determined for graduation?

Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude will be recognized at the commencement ceremony based on the cumulative GPA recorded prior to commencement. For May graduates, the cumulative GPA at the end of the fall term will need to be used as final grades from the spring term are still in progress. However, honors will be designated on your official diploma based on the student’s final cumulative program GPA.

  • Cum Laude 3.4 - 3.59
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.6 - 3.79
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.8 - 4.0
Questions? Contact [email protected] 315-498-2350.