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Frequently asked questions

What can we not bring to graduation?

Umbrellas, balloons, coolers, signs, fireworks, beach balls, and air horns or other obnoxious noise makers are not allowed in the stadium. Umbrellas/balloons can obstruct views, coolers are unnecessary (snack bar will be open), and air horns are deafening.


When do we receive our graduation tickets and caps & gowns?

After the mandatory graduation rehearsal Wednesday, June 3rd.  All seniors need to arrive at 9:00am to the Titan stadium on June 3rd for a rehearsal.  After the rehearsal, caps/gowns/tassel/medallion, and panoramic photo if ordered will be distributed.


Graduation tickets will be passed out in your English classes the last week of May.  Stay tuned for more information on this date.


Can I arrive early and save seats or wait in line?

No, the stadium is shutdown until gates open. Any blankets/chairs that make it into the stadium prior will be swept


I have handicap parking, will there be enough spots?

Handicap parking is located on site.  Handicap parking is limited, however, and is on a first come first serve basis. 


Will anything be done about the weather?

The weather cannot be controlled. June can be hot and June can be gloomy.  Check the weather prior to the event and dress accordingly.  Hats and sunscreen are recommended.


Will there be handicap seating at the event?

Yes, there will be seating for handicap persons and 1 additional chaperone. Handicap seating is limited and on a fist come first serve basis.


Can my graduate wear leis and other sorts of regalia during the ceremony?

Only school provided/approved regalia may be worn during the ceremony.  This regalia is distributed during senior awards and consists of cords, stoles, and medals that are directly related to and approved by TESORO HIGH SCHOOL. Leis can be given to graduates after the ceremony and look great in pictures! 


What should I wear under my gown and on my feet?

Clothes and shoes!  After graduation there will be pictures taken by family/friends.  Think about what you want to wear under your gown that will make your family happy during pictures.  Many graduates wear dress clothes.  Absolutely no heels on the turf!  The heels will not only poke holes in the turf, but they will also get stuck and you may fall.  Flats or wedges please.


Will there be a photographer taking pictures of graduates receiving their diplomas?

Absolutely!  South Coast Photographic will be taking a still shot of each graduate receiving the diploma on stage. A link will be provided after graduation where these photos can be accessed.

Graduation 2020

Commencement Ceremony Information:

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Location:  Orange Coast College, Lebard Stadium, 2701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Gates Open: 4:00pm

Ceremony Time:  5:00pm

Download Driving Directions To The Orange Coast College Stadium

Graduation Tickets:  Tickets will be sold at the gate the day of graduation ($10 cash/credit only).  

E-mail Questions To: Dr. Paul Weir,   

  • Water and Snacks will be available for purchase; no other food or drinks will be allowed in stadium.
  • Come prepared with sunscreen and/or hats (guests) since it may be bright and sunny during this time of day.

Graduation Rehearsal:

Mandatory rehearsal will be held Wednesday, June 3rd at 9:00am in the Titan Stadium.  Caps and Gowns will be distributed after the rehearsal.  

Students please check in to the Tesoro Stadium entrance by the Junior lot.  You will be checking in with your guidance counselor to get your name card.  Please take this card with you to your spot you would like to sit for graduation. Once we have everyone check in, rehearsal will begin.

The rehearsal is expected to last a little over an hour.  Once we have finished our rehearsal, please proceed to the tables to pick up your cap and gown.  If you have a library debt, you will not be able to pick up your cap and gown until it is cleared. If there are any issues, or if you need to purchase anything from Jostens, they will be set up in the ticket booth area after rehearsal.   


Graduates Information: 

  • All graduates are required to have their cap and gown draped over their arm as they go through the check point, report to the parking lot next to the fitness center on Monitor way.
  • Graduates are not to bring anything with them into the stadium that includes keys, phones, cameras, purses or food of any kind. We encourage students to ride with parents and have the parents drop them off at the meeting place next to the Fitness Center on Monitor way (located adjacent to the football stadium off of Monitor Way, behind the home side of the football stadium).  All students need to be dressed and ready for line up by TBD - Graduates must have only their cap and gown in hand. It is recommended that graduates leave all their belongings in the car.
  • Graduates may drive themselves but Tesoro highly encourages families to arrive together so that they may proceed to celebrations together in one car.
  • Graduates will line up for graduation based on the teacher they lined up with at rehearsal.   

Graduate Dress: Please dress comfortably and appropriately for graduation.  Pre and post commencement celebrations as well as the graduation ceremonies are full of photographic opportunities; please make sure to dress like you are graduating. OCC does not permit high heels or pumps on the artificial turf.  No decorating of caps, they will be taken and you may or may not have a cap to wear.  


Diploma Pickup: New Please make sure to pick up your diploma immediately following the ceremony.  The diplomas will be available in the parking lot, grads will pick up before they walk to the parking lot to greet parents. SIGNS will be posted Graduates should not attempt to exit from the rear of the stadium before picking up their diploma.


Spectator Information: (Noise-makers, signs, fireworks, beach balls, or other distractions are not allowed in the stadium.) 


Seating:  Seating is on a first come first serve basis.  There is limited handicap seating.  Please only one chaperone per handicap seat.


Event Details:  Tesoro’s Commencement Ceremonies are being held within the City of Costa Mesa in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College. The gates open for seating at 4:00pm. The ceremonies will start at 5:00pm and last approximately one hour and thirty minutes.  There are two spectator entrances and exits that are located at the southwest end of the stadium.  Parking is located adjacent to the stadium, in the large parking lot off Adams street. Parking is free.


Ticketing information: Graduates will receive their 5 free tickets at school. Additional pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase from the ASB office for the price of $10 each - starting May 18th. Cash or Credit Only!!! The last day to purchase tickets in the ASB office is on Wednesday, June 3rd at 1:00pm. We will also be selling tickets (if still available) at the venue for $10 (CASH/CREDIT) each at the graduation site. 


Photographic Services: South Coast Photographic will be present to photograph your child receiving his/her diploma. Proofs are available online at:


Thank you and Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Graduation Leis

Directions to OCC

OCC Map and Parking location

Prohibited Items at LeBard Stadium

Noise-makers, signs, fireworks, beach balls, or other distractions are not allowed in the stadium.