2020 Commencement Ceremony News

Regretfully, the OTC commencement ceremony scheduled for Aug. 19 at JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus has been canceled. This was the make-up event for the previously scheduled May 16 graduation, which was postponed due to COVID-19.

“We spent the last three months planning, reimagining and doing everything in our power to create a safe event for our graduates and families to celebrate their incredible achievements,” said OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon. “But, after considering the growing rate of infection in southwest Missouri, we realized that the event, no matter how well planned, poses too much risk for our graduates, their guests and our employees.”

On Aug. 19 at 6 p.m., the college will release a video premiere featuring the 2020 graduation speakers, including NBA player and Springfield native Anthony Tolliver, along with student speaker Hunter Clouse, distinguished alumna Marge Cheesman, OTC Board of Trustees Chair John Gentry, Chancellor Higdon and Provost Tracy McGrady. Gather your friends and family, and tune in on Facebook or YouTube for the live video premiere.

All 2020 OTC graduates are invited to attend the college’s 2021 commencement ceremony scheduled for May. Additionally, the 2020 graduates will be mailed their diploma covers along with other OTC keepsakes.

OTC 2020 Commencement

AUGUST 19, 2020 6:00 PM

Salute to the Class of 2020

Graduation Checklist

You must apply to graduate, even if you do not intend to walk in the graduation ceremony, in order to receive your diploma or transfer to another institution.

Before you complete the application for graduation, you should review your degree audit in the student planning tab on myOTC.  Double-check that the correct program of study is listed and that you have either completed or are in progress in all courses required to complete your program. If you have questions about your degree audit please contact your assigned advisor.

It’s easy to apply for graduation online in myOTC.  You can also download the Printable Application for Graduation, scan it or take a picture of it with your phone, and then email it to registrar@otc.edu. We are currently not able to accept them in person.

Some programs of study may require an exit assessment. Click here for more information.

The USDE requires all students graduating from OTC who have borrowed from the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL) or Direct Loan Program to complete student loan exit counseling. Click here for more information.

As a graduate of OTC, you are automatically a member of the OTC Alumni Association. You are very important to us. We hope you want to stay connected with OTC and all of the exciting events and resources the college has to offer you. Check your email after graduation for the monthly OTC Alumni Newsletter. Your MyOTC account will remain active.

Social Media

Help us celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates by sharing your experience on social media in the following ways:

  • If you are graduating or attending graduation to celebrate with someone, we encourage you to join the online conversation before and during commencement by sharing your social media posts using the official hashtags: #OTCgrad and #myOTC.
  • Whenever possible, tag OTC in your posts.
  • Add “ozarkstech” on Snapchat, and be sure to use our special graduation filter at JQH Arena.
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