Graduation at Odessa College

Graduates, your cap and gown has been RESERVED for you!  One cap & gown set is FREE to graduates who qualify and commit to participating in the ceremony. Contact the Graduation Advisor or your Department Chair to learn more.

Odessa College confers degrees and certificates in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

A Commencement (Graduation) Ceremony is held twice a year in May and December.  Students completing degree requirements during the fall or midwinter are invited to participate in the fall graduation ceremony. Students who complete requirements in the spring, Maymester, or summer terms are invited to participate in the spring graduation ceremony unless unusual circumstances prevent such participation.

Students working toward a degree or certificate should consult with their Student Success Coach and faculty advisor early in their academic career to ensure that all required courses are being completed. The student is responsible for reviewing Student Planner (through Wrangler Self-Service) to track their academic progress.

Before You Confirm Your Graduation

  • Consult with your Student Success Coach to ensure you are:
    • Listed in correct program and catalog year
    • Have completed or are registered for all courses
    • Confirming for the appropriate graduation term
  • Verify your mailing address in Student Planner User Profile
  • Update your email and phone number in Wrangler Self-Service

Graduation Deadlines

While we do not have an actual deadline for graduation, students must confirm their graduation in Student Planner at least six weeks prior to the commencement date, as listed on the academic calendar, to have their names listed in the program.

A graduation status email is sent to each eligible graduate to notify of holds, honors status, and missing courses.  Students MUST clear all holds and have completed all requirements to receive a diploma or certificate. 

THIS SEMESTER - Important Dates

  • WHEN: Friday, May 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM: School of Business & Industry with STEM, BAAS, & GED/TxCHSE

                     Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM: School of Liberal Arts & Education with STEM, & School of                     Health Sciences with STEM

  • WHERE: Odessa College Sports Center
  • WHO: Students ONLY; no guests will be allowed to attend with students***
  • HOW TO WATCH: live stream event will be available on YouTube; link will be available prior to start of event
  • WHAT TO WEAR: caps/gowns will be available to eligible students in 2-3 weeks; email will go out when they are available. Under your cap/gown should be semi-formal clothing, i.e., pants, nice jeans, dresses, polo shirt, button up, etc. – please dress appropriately for the occasion. Shoes should be those that you are comfortable climbing stairs in.
  • MASKS: will be required at all times except for your formal graduation picture by yourself. You will be required to wear your mask at all other times.
  • EXTRA INFORMATION: bring in ONLY what you can carry in a pocket. There will NOT be storage space for purses, bags, keys, wallets, etc., and you will not return to your seat after you walk the stage during the ceremony. After you have walked the stage, you will exit the Sports Center.

If you have any questions, please email

CONFIRM Your Graduation Information Here (Student Planner)


***The most recent CDC guidelines continue to recommend that large gatherings be avoided, particularly those in which physical (social) distancing cannot be maintained between people who live in different households. As such, the Odessa College spring commencement ceremonies will allow graduates to participate in the pomp and circumstance in person while friends and family join the celebration virtually.

Diploma Delivery

Students who have completed a certificate or degree will receive an email once the credential has been conferred and the diploma is available for pick up. This may be 2-4 weeks after the graduation ceremony. Students will sign in to the Wrangler Express Center with a photo ID to receive their diploma, or they may request it to be mailed.

All holds must be cleared to receive a diploma or certificate. For financial holds, please contact Student Accounts at (432) 335-6407.

Transfer or Career? Where are you headed?

Students who transfer to a university or another college after attending OC may still earn a degree or certificate from Odessa College! It's called a Reverse Transfer, and OC just needs your official transcripts from your next college or university. You must have completed at least 25% of the degree at OC and completed all the courses for your program. Check out the Career & Transfer Services webpage for more information on transfer and ask your Success Coach about the next university visit!

Heading to the workforce? Did you know that employers search Odessa College for recent graduates and want you to join their teams? College Central Network can help you make the transition into the workforce, and there are other job links on our career page. Look for our next job fair on campus to meet employers in person, too!

Graduates' Directory Information: To help graduates transition to the next phase of their education, directory information may be released to local and regional universities for students who have earned an AA or AS degree. If you do not wish this information to be released, please note this preference in the Graduation Survey. 


Email the Graduation Advisor at or call 432-335-6404.