Onondaga Community College will celebrate its 57th commencement with a drive through ceremony Sunday, August 9 at 2 p.m. Approximately 900 students are eligible to receive their degrees.
Parking lot in front of the SRC Arena (parking lot #13 on the OCC campus map), Onondaga Community College, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse 13215.
Students will drive onto campus using the Route 175 (West Seneca Turnpike) entrance and circle the campus on the loop road. As the students circle the campus, they will be cheered on by College faculty and staff who will be lining the route. Students will then drive into lot #13 in front of the SRC Arena, exit their vehicles, walk onto the stage, receive their degrees from OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill, then proceed to a nearby photo booth.
Each year OCC selects a student to speak at commencement. This year’s student commencement speaker is Daphnie Harrison (pictured at right). Harrison is a 2018 graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School. During her time on campus she was named the top student in the Human Services degree program, played on the Lazers Women’s Lacrosse team, and worked at the Southwest YMCA. She is transferring to Syracuse University where she will major in Social Work.
Students who earned their Nursing degrees will be honored during a pinning ceremony at 1 p.m. on neighboring Chuck Wilbur Field. Those students will also participate in the 2 p.m. drive through commencement ceremony.
A traditional, outdoor commencement ceremony was originally planned for this date. Due to current conditions related to COVID-19, the College decided this drive through ceremony was the safest option.
“In the nearly 60-year history of this College no graduating class has gone through what these students have to complete work toward their degrees. We are so proud of their achievements. They deserve a special celebration and our entire campus community is working hard to make sure they receive one this Sunday,” said OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.