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“The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will serve as a way for our campus community to safely celebrate and reflect on the end of the 2019-20 academic year, even as we continue to live, work, teach, and learn in accordance with social distancing guidelines” ~ OCC President Dr. Jon H. Larson

During the Coronavirus Crisis colleges are looking for different ways to honor its class of 2020. Ocean County College will host a graduation ceremony, just a little different this year.

Officials at OCC say they will host a "virtual" graduation ceremony for the class of 2020.

How will a "virtual graduation" work? The college will create a video that will include pre-recorded speeches, photos and text announcements of each graduate’s name, degree, and honors; as well as customized slides featuring personal recognition, photos, and messages from the Class of 2020.  

Caps and gowns will be delivered to the homes of graduates at no cost, allowing them to take photos wearing the regalia for inclusion in the virtual ceremony and to proudly post as they normally would. 

The Vikings hope to resume their traditional commencement ceremony in May 2021, and, at that time, 2020 graduates will be invited to return to campus to celebrate in person in Toms River.  

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