Commencement FAQs

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The 2020 NOC Virtual Commencement Ceremony is an opportunity for you, friends and family to safely celebrate your hard work, dedication and educational achievements-ONLINE. It will contain many of the same aspects as our traditional ceremony.

Participation is simple. As a 2020 NOC graduate, you should have already submitted your application for graduation and are automatically included in the virtual commencement ceremony.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who have a FERPA restriction on their records will be excluded from the virtual commencement ceremony as well as not included in the online program.

All graduates who completed the commencement survey and submitted their application for graduation as of May 1, 2020, received their graduation package in the mail. The NOC gown, mortar board and tassel were included in each box. If you did not receive your regalia or would like to purchase additional graduation merchandise, please contact the NOC Bookstore at 580.628.6771 or

Qualifying students can order their own cords through the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

On August 8, 2020, the virtual ceremony will launch on this webpage, You will be able to watch at any time after 9:30 a.m. (CDT). The recording and personalized congratulatory web pages will be available until February 8, 2021 for your convenience.

The virtual ceremony will go live on this webpage. The link will be sent to your email and will also be uploaded to the official NOC Facebook page for easy access for everyone to enjoy.

As your name is announced during the ceremony, a commencement graphic will be displayed featuring a photo you submit, your degree information and any additional honors to be conveyed.

In order to create a special graduation memory, we are working with a company to create a personalized web page for every graduate. Your family and friends will be able to upload videos and congratulatory messages to your site. Instructions on how you can share your personalized website so that friends and family can leave you messages will come in a separate email on July 8. The media uploader site will close at 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on August 3. On the day of virtual graduation, the link to your personalized web page will go live as well. Instructions on how to access the page will be sent to you via email from the NOC Enrollment Management Office.

NOC is partnering with Fogarty Services, Inc. to collect photos of our graduates. You will receive an email from the NOC Registrar ( detailing the requirements and instructions for photo submissions. The deadline to submit your photo is July 23 at 5 p.m. (CDT). Submitting your photo early helps us better prepare for the ceremony. We encourage you to wear your cap, gown and approved regalia for your photo; however, it is not required.

We recommend you submit a headshot or even your best selfie. Remember to slip on your graduation cap and gown; you worked hard to create this special memory!.

If you do not submit a photo, you will still be part of the ceremony and have your own slide, which lists your name, degree, and any honors earned, but will not include a photo.

Graduates who wish to participate in a physical ceremony are welcome to attend the 2021 NOC commencement on May 1, 2021, if current guidelines allow for a physical ceremony at the time. We understand walking across the stage is an honor that you have worked hard to achieve.

All fall 2019 graduates received their diplomas in February 2020. Spring 2020 graduates should receive their diplomas in the mail by the middle of July. Summer 2020 graduates will receive their diplomas by the first of September. For information on transcript requests, please visit our website at