COC’s new cap and gown loan program

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The Office of Student development hosted a Grad Fair in the Student Center this past week providing students the essentials to prepare for the big day.

The event gave students the opportunity to purchase their cap and gown, check the spelling of their name on their diploma and RSVP for the honor graduate reception and commencement.

The COC book store as well as the tables set up throughout the atrium had a variety of merchandise to purchase to celebrate all students’ successes.

The cost of buying a cap and gown can prohibit many students looking forward to graduation from participating in the ceremony.

To provide an opportunity for all students who want to participate regardless of their economic situation, the Bookstore Committee, ASG, Graphics and Noncredit have partnered to create the new “Cap & Gown Loan Program”.

The service is available to all graduating COC students who self-identify a financial need that would prevent them from participating in commencement or Students who are not a part of the EOPS Program

“Even though it’s super celebratory it can be really expensive,”says Jess Love the Student Development Coordinator. “The cap and gown loan program allows the opportunity for students to apply for a program where they can loan out a set of cap and gown for the ceremony and then give it back.”

Students in need of assistance may submit an on-line application through Friday, May 18th.

For students who want to help, cap and gown donation stations labeled with a blue recycle sign, will be available at commencement to help students in the coming years.

Those willing to donate can contact Love by emailing her at

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