Commencement 2021

Welcome Graduates, Family and Friends, Faculty and Staff!

Central Oregon Community College is pleased to present this Commencement webpage in honor of the class of 2021. Congratulations! 

COCC held a Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 12. In an effort to keep students, COCC staff, and our community safe, this year's celebration was a drive-thru event. Graduates from the class of 2020 and 2021 were invited to participate. The event was livestreamed on COCC's Facebook page. 

These recorded videos were livestreamed during Commencement on Saturday, June 12.

Commencement - Saturday, June 12 - Part 1: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Text transcript of video - Part 1 (pdf)

Commencement - Saturday, June 12 - Part 2: 12 noon - 3 p.m.

Text transcript of video - Part 2 (pdf)

In support of our live event, this page includes pre-recorded videos of COCC’s commencement speaker, Dalton Miller-Jones, Ph.D., as well as announcements of student awards and student speaker Damian Cusumano. 

Graduates of 2021, we celebrate your achievement!

Conferment of Degrees

2021 Conferment of Degrees, presented by President Laurie Chesley and Vice President for Instruction, Betsy Julian.


Congratulations Graduates

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Commencement Address

Dalton Miller-Jones, Ph.D., a retired Portland State University (PSU) psychology professor, former member of the Oregon Board of Higher Education and a social justice advocate in Central Oregon is COCC’s 2021 commencement speaker.

Student Greeting

Student greeting by Damian Cusumano to the COCC graduating class of 2021.

Faculty Greeting

Sean Rule, professor of Math and the recipient of COCC’s 2021 Faculty Achievement Award, provides a greeting to the COCC graduating class of 2021.


Distinguished Student Service Award

Amy Howell, Ph.D., Early Childhood Education Program Director, presents the 2021 Distinguished Student Service Award to Mara Robles and Clare Nieto.

Avon F. Mayfield Award

Amy Howell, Ph.D., Early Childhood Education Program Director, presents the 2021 Avon F. Mayfield award to Claire Nieto.

Helen Leicester Award

Zelda Ziegler, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, presents the 2021 Helen Leicester Award to Django Wiedel.

Walter G. Coombs Award

Amanda Loving, Part-time Faculty of Nursing, presents the 2021 Walter G. Coombs Award to Katie Phillips.

Karen Roth Diversity Award

Angie Cole, Associate Professor of Education and Early Childhood Education, presents the 2021 Karen Roth Diversity Achievement Award to Stacy Estrada and Andrew Estrada.

Commencement Program

Please join us in congratulating the 2021 graduates of Central Oregon Community College!

2021 Commencement Program

2021 Commencement Program (PDF)