OCC CAMPUS — More than 100 students and faculty members joined hands around the Orange Coast College's quad Thursday at noon, as the school held a convocation in memory of the victims of Monday's shooting at Virginia Tech.
The convocation, hosted by OCC Foundation executive director Doug Bennett, was the first that the school had held since 2001, when it honored the 9/11 victims. College President Bob Dees and student body President Lynne Riddle were among those speaking, while dozens of attendees signed a pair of paper banners that the college planned to mail to the Virginia campus.
"Virginia Tech is over 2,000 miles away from OCC," Dees told the crowd. "The 32 victims are strangers to us. They were even strangers on their own campus of 25,000. But today, we gather together at this spot, just as people are gathering all across America."