Come celebrate our 2024 Graduates!  

A photo of an NOCE counselor posing with two students in their cap and gowns

Friday, May 17, 2024

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Student Check In
  • 9:30 a.m.: Student Orientation
  • 9:45 a.m.: Student Line Up
  • 10 a.m. SHARP: Ceremony Begins


Cottonwood Church (4505 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720)


2023/24 NOCE Grads (July 2023 – June 2024) may participate in the 2024 Commencement Ceremony if they have completed the requirements in the following academic programs:

  • Administrative Professional
  • Braille Transcribing
  • Disability Support Services Transition*
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • GED/HiSET Program (pass all five exams)
  • High School Diploma Program
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Information Worker 1
  • Electrical Trainee/Technology
  • Funeral Service Assistant
  • Google IT User Support Pre-Apprenticeship
  • Management
  • Personal Care Aide
  • Quality Assurance for Medical Devices

No Balloons or Noisemakers

We are all very proud of the graduating class of 2024. Because every family deserves the opportunity to both see their graduate and hear their name being called, we ask that you please do not bring balloons or noisemakers into the ceremony/auditorium. Thank you for your courtesy and respect for all graduates.

No drinks or food allowed inside the auditorium.

Grad Check Deadline

April 26, 2024 4:00 pm

Grad check deadline to participate in the 2024 Commencement Ceremony

  • To participate in the 2024 Commencement Ceremony, students MUST see a counselor to complete a Grad Check Request Form by Friday, April 26, 2024, at 4 p.m.
  • To make an appointment with a counselor to review your Student Education Plan, confirm you have completed all requirements, fill out the form, and gather additional details, contact the Counseling Department at (714) 808-4682 or
  • *For students in the DSS Program, make an appointment with a counselor to review your Student Education Plan, confirm you have completed all requirements, fill out the form, and gather additional details by calling the DSS Program at (714) 808-4719 or by emailing

What If I Don’t Complete My Requirements by the Grad Check Deadline?

High School Diploma Program Students

  • For High School Diploma Program students, all program requirements MUST be completed by the grad check deadline at 4 p.m. in order to participate in the 2024 Commencement Ceremony.
  • NOTE: Students enrolled in the ABED courses are welcome to attend if they are in the progress of successfully completing that course(s) by the end of the 2024 Spring Semester.
  • High School Diploma Program students completing AFTER the grad check deadline can graduate any time during the next academic year. Those students will be invited to participate in the next NOCE Commencement.

Career Technical Education Students

  • All program requirements for Career Technical Education (CTE) Program students must be completed or in progress by the end of the 2024 Spring Semester to be considered a 2024 graduate. CTE students MUST complete the grad check by the deadline at 4 p.m.

Cap and Gown

Students must wear a cap, gown, and tassel to participate in the 2024 Commencement Ceremony.

The online order deadline for the cap and gown has now passed. However, students can purchase a cap/gown/tassel from NOCE with cash through May 15, 2024. Gowns must be picked up by the end of the day on May 15, 2024. To make a cash purchase, please contact

For additional inquiries regarding cap and gown cash purchasing, loans, and faculty gowns, please send an email to

Cap and Gown Loan Program

For students experiencing financial difficulties, a loan option is available through May 15, 2024, or until the inventory is exhausted. Students must apply by filling out this form on the Cap and Gown Loan Program page.

Photography Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This is a public ceremony, and North Orange Continuing Education will be taking photos for promotional purposes, which may be used in, but not limited to, the following manner: brochures, class schedules, website, social media, etc. Through your attendance at this event, you may be photographed/filmed. By participating in this event, you understand that NOCE may utilize your image for the purpose of bringing its programs to the attention of the public. If you do not want your photo taken, please inform the photographer or a staff member. 

There will not be a livestream or videos for sale for the 2024 events.

Students are also encouraged to take graduation photos in their homes and share photos from the ceremony with us by tagging our NOCE social media pages and using the #NOCEGrad2024


No tickets are required, and there is no limit to the number of guests at this event.