ORANGE COAST COLLEGE 2015 COMMENCEMENT 67th Graduating Class OCC’s first students graduated in 1948, which makes you the 67th graduating class! Help your fellow grads who couldn’t make it today! Graduation or Commencement? Graduation = the completion of a degree or course of study Commencement = the beginning Academic dress dates back to the formation of early universities in Europe, beginning around the 12th century. The dress of scholars was the dress of clerics. Historians presume long gowns were worn by these individuals to keep warm in unheated buildings. Gaps and gowns = academic regalia What does it all mean? Hoods have different colors, which identify the discipline and the school. For example, Education = Light Blue, Medicine = Green, and Science = Golden Yellow Gold cords = Honors White cords = Honorary Guide Try on your cap & gown Hang up or steam your gown If your cap (mortarboard) is a little big use bobby pins to secure it in place Tassel goes on the right until you graduate and then you shift it to the left COME TO THE CEREMONY DRESSED IN YOUR CAP & GOWN!!!! Meet at 4:30 p.m. (Graduates enter at Gate #4 off Arlington and guests enter Gate #3 off Fairview) Main gate off Fair is closed due to construction Check in at the Grad Check-in table Get in a line (any line) ARRIVE AT THE PACIFIC AMPITHEATRE AT 4:30 p.m. Once the OCC Wind Ensemble begins to play Pomp and Circumstance, follow the person in front of you until you reach your seat in the theatre. FOLLOW THE LEADER GO ALL THE WAY ACROSS YOUR ROW 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. PROCESSIONAL MARCH NATIONAL ANTHEM PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WELCOME SPEAKERS AWARD PRESENTATIONS AWARDING OF THE DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES 8. CLASS OF 2015 PRESENTATION & RESPONSE (you will be asked to stand move your tassel from right to left and your class will be accepted by the President of the Board of Trustees.) 9. Recessional March Check your printed program tomorrow for more details. Wait in your row until an Honorary Guide comes to lead you up to the stage Backstage-have your name card ready Follow the floor tape on the stage to pick up your diploma cover Shake hands and have your photo taken When your name is read step out on to the middle of the stage RETURN TO YOUR SEAT AFTER YOU RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMA We did it! And the crowd goes wild! Refreshments served in reception tents designated by division Meet your family, friends, and the OCC faculty there! Meet at the Pacific Amphitheatre at 4:30 p.m. Come through Gate #4 (grads only) Tell your guests to enter off of Fairview Rd. into Gate #3. (family & friends) Come dressed in your cap and gown Check in at the table to get your name card Follow the leader and help others Most important--HAVE FUN! Do not bring purses please! You’ve earned it and now it’s time to celebrate!