Honors Night is a long standing tradition at Orange Coast College (OCC). This year we are celebrating our 66th year of recognizing students, staff, and faculty for their service and leadership contributions. Honors Night is also our opportunity to show our appreciation to our donors, as through their generosity we are awarding scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic excellence and have excelled in their education at OCC. This year's Honors Night theme is, OCC Spirit, to commemorate the essence of Orange Coast College and our long-standing tradition of education and service to the community. 

This year, Honors Night will be separated into two distinct ceremonies: Service & Leadership Awards and Scholarship Awards. The growing number of donations and students in service and leadership position has grown substantially. To accommodate this growth, the Honors Night Committee has decided to separate the two ceremonies to ensure the quality of this event.  

NOTE: Students may be recipients of both service & leadership and scholarship awards. In this case, students will receive separate invitations to attend both ceremonies. 

Event Information

Honors Night Schedule at a Glance:

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Service & Leadership Awards Ceremony (College Center Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm - Honors Night Reception (Main Quad)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Scholarship Awards Ceremony (Robert B. Moore Theater)


As a part of Honors Night, the Service & Leadership Awards Ceremony begins at 3:00 pm in the College Center Ballroom (3rd Floor). Service and Leadership awards recognizes service hours and leadership positions held by our students at Orange Coast College. 

The Service & Leadership Awards ceremony participants are invited after a review of a student's service and leadership application. Invitations to the event are sent out in mid-April to all students who meet the service and leadership criteria. 

Students who are invited my bring up to 3 guests to the Service & Leadershp Awards ceremony. You must RSVP before May 3, 2024. 

Students and their guests are also invited to the Honors Night Reception, which begins at 4:30 pm at the Main Quad (near the Robert B. Moore Theater). 

NOTE: We have some students who will receive a service and leadership award AND a scholarship. If this is the case, the student will receive separate invitations to both the Service & Leadership Awards and Scholarship Awards ceremonies.  

Should you have any questions, please contact Maria DeNunno at mdenunno@occ.cccd.edu in the Dean of Students Office. 


Celebrating the 66th Honors Night Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 6 pm in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

The College will award more than $700,000 worth of scholarships to deserving students, all with remarkable stories of resilience, success, and empowerment.


Join us for the Honors Night Reception, hosted by Associated Students of Orange Coast College (ASOCC) and the Foundation Office. This event will be held from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, in the Main Quad area in front of the Robert B. Moore Theater.

Enjoy a selection of delightful small bites and refreshments prepared by the award-winning Culinary Arts Program under the direction of Chef Phi Nguyen. 

All attendees of the Service & Leadership and Scholarship Award ceremonies are warmly invited to this reception.

All guests are invited to park in Parking Lot C located at the corner of Fairview Road and Merrimac Way.  Parking for this event is free.  

DROP-OFF (Near Robert B. Moore Theater)

Guests requiring assistance can be dropped off at the roundabout near the Robert B. Moore Theater. Enter the roundabout via Parking Lot C, accessible from Arlington Drive of Fairview Road.


Transportation services are available on the event day from 4:00 PM to 5:45 PM and 8:00 PM to 8:15 PM. Please wait at the roundabout in Parking Lot A, near the accessibility sign, to access services. A Public Safety Assistant will operate a shuttle between Parking Lot A and the roundabout near the Robert B. Moore Theater. 


This event is ADA compliant. Reasonable accommodation requests related to disability should be made no later than five business days prior to this event by contacting:

     Maria DeNunno at mdennuno@occ.cccd.edu for Service & Leadership Awards Ceremony

     Rena Quinonez at rquinonez@occ.cccd.edu for Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Watch our Past Events

Honors Night 2024:

Honors Night 2024:
Service and Leadership

Honors Night 2023

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Honors Night Committees

  • Doug Bennett
  • Maria DeNunno
  • Juan Gutierrez
  • Kevin Holder
  • Michael G. Morvice
  • Dr. Tijai Nguyen
  • Shannon Quihuiz
  • Rena Quinonez
  • Dr. Derek Vergara - Chair
  • Douglas Bennett – Chair
  • Ana Angulo
  • Nancy Bernardy
  • Rozanne Capoccia-White
  • Mike Carey
  • Dr. Heather Codding
  • Michael Collier
  • Julia Clevenger
  • Eric Cuellar
  • Andrea Eke-Amacker
  • Dr. Jan Goerrissen
  • Yesenia Gonzalez
  • Rene Kinn
  • Jon Mochizuki
  • Dr. Tijai Nguyen
  • Yvette Nguyen
  • Virginia Nuzzolese-Laflamme
  • Marco Ochoa
  • Leland Paxton
  • Steve Tamanaha
  • Felipe Salazar
  • Rini Sukaesih
  • Sean Wellengard
  • Dr. Derek Vergara 
  • Dr. Kaveh Bahraini  
  • Jason Kehler
  • Noor Altoma
  • Michael G. Morvice - Chair