Graduation

Students should monitor their degree requirements throughout their academic career to ensure that they are on track when graduation approaches.

Students must apply for graduation and it is recommended that they apply three terms prior to the term in which they will meet their degree requirements.

Once you’ve applied you need to monitor the progress of your degree review.  It is the responsibility of the student to verify that their requirements are met and the degree awarded.

Finally, celebrate your accomplishment by receiving the diploma you’ve worked so hard for; better yet receive it at the commencement ceremony where you can celebrate with your friends, family, and classmates.

Frequently Asked Commencement Questions

Degree Requirements

Advising

Maintaining contact with your advisor is critical to the successful and timely completion of your degree requirements. Regular advising is required for undergraduate students. How often advising is required varies by college; contact your college head advising office for further information.

General Catalog

Use the general catalog to research program requirements and to review the course descriptions of courses you are considering enrolling in.

MyDegrees

MyDegrees is a web-based degree checklist program and academic advising tool designed to assist students and advisors in reviewing degree progress. It organizes a student's academic transcript chronologically and categorically, identifying courses they have completed and courses still needed to fulfill the degree requirements.

Major features of the system include:

  • Degree Checklist—See a visual presentation of degree progress.
  • 'What if' Scenarios—Determine how courses already taken apply to other majors.
  • Student Educational Plans—Plan which courses to take and when to support degree progress
  • Checklist Notes—Record important reminders and advice related to degree progress.
  • GPA Calculator—Calculate GPA by term and overall.
  • Data Collection to support course forecasting and course demand.

Access to MyDegrees: Log into MyOSU, click on Student tab, under My Student Stuff click "MyDegrees", then click the Submit MyDegrees box.

View the MyDegrees video tutorials

Academic Regulations

Degree requirements are identified in the Academic Regulations.

Postbaccalaureate Students

Postbaccalaureate students are required to have 32 credits in residence (Academic Regulation 26) as well as meet the 45-credit academic residency requirement defined in Academic Regulation 25.f. Some students have completed courses at Oregon State University as a nondegree-seeking student. The courses must have been taken after students have been awarded their first baccalaureate degree, regardless of where the degree was conferred. These courses can be considered for inclusion in the 32-credit requirement and the 45-credit academic residency requirement. Courses remain on the transcript as nondegree-seeking credits. An exception will be made in MyDegrees to reduce the credits required for academic residency based on the number of credits earned as a nondegree-seeking student. Up to 36 credits can be considered to be in compliance with Academic Regulation 1.b.

Former OSU Students Who Did Not Graduate

Former OSU students who contact the Registrar’s Office asking for transcripts and diplomas sometimes discover they did not, in fact, graduate. Reasons for this may include:

  • Students did not complete academic requirements in the term they applied for graduation and, after completing requirements in a subsequent term, the student did not reapply for graduation in the subsequent term.
  • Students assume they graduated because they received their diplomas at Spring Commencement, but the diplomas had to be cancelled due to unfulfilled graduation requirements or minimum grade/GPA requirements were not met.
  • Students who want to complete graduation requirements:
    • Must be a currently admitted student at Oregon State University. If not currently admitted, student must apply for re-admission via the Readmission Application form at: http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/sites/default/files/forms/re-admission-application-undergraduate-postbacc-nondegree.pdf
    • Can only be re-admitted to currently active programs. If the student’s program was terminated since leaving OSU, the student must select another program.
    • Need to apply for graduation in the next available term.
    • Must meet with their academic advisor to determine graduation requirements for the current program. Students must complete any additional requirements of the current program. If no additional course work is needed and the degree can be awarded, an official transcript note identifying the year the course work was completed will be added to the transcript.

Advising

Academic advising is invaluable to the successful completion of your education goals. Your academic advisor is there to provide guidance in regards to course selection, degree requirements, academic success strategies, career plans, and integration to the campus culture. Each academic college has developed an advising structure that facilitates the needs of their programs and students. However, all colleges recommend that you:

  1. Meet with your advisor once per term.
  2. Keep your PIN and GAP codes in a safe place.
  3. Take responsibility for learning your degree requirements.

You may contact the college head advisor for more information about the advising resources and requirements of your program.  Contact information for individual departments is available online under the subject area contacts heading.

General Catalog

You may view and search the general catalog online. The general catalog contains information about admissions procedures/policies, degree requirements, course descriptions, academic policies, and more. Use the catalog to research program requirements and to review the course descriptions of courses you are considering enrolling in. You are assigned a “catalog term” for your program. Your catalog term is the term in which you declared your current program of study (degree & major). You are subject to the program requirements that were in effect at that time. Use the general catalog that applies to your catalog term when reviewing your program requirements. There are archived catalogs for prior terms available online.

MyDegrees

From the very beginning of your academic career you have access to the MyDegrees degree audit tool to monitor your progress towards your degree.  To access the tool, click this link to MyDegrees.  You will be required to enter the login information for your student online services.  Then choose the Submit MyDegrees button and you will be taken directly to your MyDegrees degree checklist.  Keep in mind:

  1. Here you can review your Degree Checklist
  2. Your Planner is also available for use in future planning

The degree checklist will indicate which degree requirements are met by a check in the box to the left of the requirement.  Requirements that are expected to be met by in progress courses will appear with a blue box to the left.  Requirements that you still need to complete will have an empty box to the left and will have the words "Still Needed" in the course requirement area.  Bear in mind that the inclusion of in progress courses indicates where you will stand if you successfully complete all of your in progress courses.  You should review your audit again after the term is complete to verify the results. 

The audit is a useful tool for students, but it is not a replacement for regular consultation with your advisor.

Degree Clearance

Apply for Graduation

Students do not automatically get evaluated for graduation. They must apply for graduation via MyOSU (click on Student tab, then under My Student Stuff click on Apply to Graduate). It is recommended that students apply for graduation three terms prior to the term in which they intend to complete their degree requirements. Applications must be submitted no later than the end of the second week of the term in which the student plans to complete degree requirements

Double Degrees, Dual Majors, Honors Degrees, Certificates

According to Academic Regulation 26 a student may earn two or more degrees simultaneously. A student must complete a minimum of 32 credits above the minimum number of credits needed for one of the degrees. Students may also earn two or more majors within a single degree program, per Academic Regulation 27. Students completing the honors college curriculum receive a honors degree in the college of their major, e.g. HBS Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or HBA Honors Bachelor of Arts in English.

Monitoring Your Progress

The Office of the Registrar will communicate your progress to you in two ways:

  1. Emails will be sent to your ONID email account with information about the clearance process and any deficiencies you may have.
  2. Any deficiencies that would prevent the awarding of your degree will be recorded as a graduation hold on your record and are visible in your MyDegrees account accessed through MyOSU.

Apply for Graduation & Application Deadlines

Applications for graduation must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. They may be filed up to three terms before the expected graduation term so progress can be monitored each term. However, applications must be submitted no later than the end of the second week of the term in which the student plans to complete degree requirements.

Please read the following before using the online application for graduation:

  • Undergraduates must be of senior standing before being eligible to submit an application.
  • The application will display your existing curriculum. If this curriculum is not the curriculum with which you intend to graduate; stop, exit the application, and meet with your advisor to change your program before returning to complete the application.
  • Students who wish to change graduation dates or program information after the first application must cancel their existing application for graduation and file a new application in accordance with the stated deadline.
  • Students receiving more than two degrees will need to contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance.

To submit an application for graduation:

Login to your MyOSU account using your ONID user name and password. Under My Student Stuff, click on Apply to Graduate.

Additional Application Functions

From the Student Records menu you may also view existing applications for graduation, cancel an existing application for graduation, and confirm your intention to attend commencement.

Deadlines to Apply for Graduation:
Undergraduate & Postbaccalaureate Students


2013–2014 Academic Year

Graduation Term

Application Deadline

Conferral Date*

Expected Degree Award Date**

Expected Diploma Availability Date

Summer 2013

July 5, 2013

September 6, 2013

October 15, 2013

October 29, 2013

Fall 2013

October 11, 2013

December 13, 2013

January 16, 2014

January 29, 2014

Winter 2014

January 17, 2014

March 21, 2014

April 24, 2014

May 8, 2014

Spring 2014

April 11, 2014

June 14, 2014

July 21, 2014

See Note Below

 

2014–2015 Academic Year

Graduation Term

Application Deadline

Conferral Date*

Expected Degree Award Date**

Expected Diploma Availability Date

Summer 2014

July 4, 2014

September 5, 2014

October 14, 2014

October 28, 2014

Fall 2014

October 10, 2014

December 12, 2014

January 16, 2015

January 29, 2015

Winter 2015

January 16, 2015

March 20, 2015

April 23, 2015

May 7, 2015

Spring 2015

April 10, 2015

June 13, 2015

July 20, 2015

See Note Below

 

Footnotes:

* Conferral Date - the graduation date that appears on the diploma and transcript      

** Expected Degree Award Date - the date the Registrar's Office has completed final degree clearance and posts degree awarded status on transcripts. Only AFTER the degree awarded status is posted, are students' degrees officially awarded and visible on the official transcript.

Spring Diploma Availability Date - students who are on track with meeting graduation requirements and do not have any transfer work from other institutions may be eligible to receive their diploma on Commencement Day. For those who are eligible but are not attending Commencement, diplomas are available for pick-up the first business day after Commencement.

Students who have transfer work from other institutions will have to wait until their degrees are awarded (expected to take place by July 21, 2014) before obtaining their diploma.

Students in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) may be eligible to receive their diploma on Commencement day. To be eligible, the Registrar’s Office must receive as close to final grades as possible from the instructor(s) teaching at the other institution. The instructor’s email must come from their institution email address and be sent to graduation@oregonstate.edu. It is the responsibility of the DPP student to notify their instructors to email OSU.

Double Degrees, Dual Majors, Honors Degrees, Certificates

Double Degrees

A student may earn multiple degrees simultaneously. Additional degrees may also be earned subsequent to a prior degree award. The degrees may be offered by the same college, or by different colleges. For each additional degree, a student must complete a minimum of 32 credits above the minimum number of credits needed for one degree. Each degree application is reviewed by the appropriate academic advisor. Advisors complete a separate graduation audit for each of the degrees. Each degree awarded will be recorded as a separate degree award on the student’s record. The student will also receive a separate diploma for each degree awarded (See Academic Regulation 26).

Some programs, such as the Education Double Degree or the International Degree, require that a primary degree be completed in order for the secondary degree to be awarded. When multiple degrees are not dependent on one another, one of the degrees may be awarded even though the requirements for the other degree is not yet met.

Dual (or Multiple) Majors

Though less common, a student may receive a single degree with multiple majors.  Often the number of credits required to complete the requirements for multiple majors allows a student to earn multiple degrees, but that is not always the case. Dual majors are most often obtained within the same college. The degree requirements for both majors are reviewed by your advisor.

When the degree is awarded there will be one degree award with two majors recorded on the student’s record. The student will receive one diploma. Dual majors may be obtained concurrently with the completion of the degree, or in some cases may be earned as a credential subsequent to completion of the degree (See Academic Regulation 27).

Honors Degrees

Students completing the honors college curriculum receive an honors degree in the college of their major, e.g. HBS Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or HBA Honors Bachelor of Arts in English. In some cases it might be possible for an Honors College student to earn multiple degrees simultaneously by following the double degrees requirements outlined in Academic Regulation 26.

Students seeking an honors degree must meet the requirements of the Honors College in order to receive their degree. Students that complete an Honors degree will have the honors degree recorded on their academic record. The student’s diploma will also include the honors degree designation (e.g. Honors Bachelor of Science, etc.).

Certificates

Students completing a certificate concurrently with their major must apply for graduation twice – one graduation application for the major and another graduation application for the certificate. When the certificate is awarded, it will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Monitoring Your Progress

Keep your eye on the ball. Once you’ve applied to graduate you are responsible for monitoring your progress from the beginning of the process through the actual awarding of the degree. Don’t make any assumptions.

The Review

When an application for graduation is submitted the Office of the Registrar will inform your advisor that you are pending graduation for the term. Check your degree progress using your MyDegrees degree checklist by logging into MyOSU. If you haven’t done so recently, you should meet with your advisor to verify that you are on track to meet your requirements. Any unmet requirements indicated on your degree audit must be resolved prior to a degree being awarded.

College/departmental advisors will review your record to verify the completion of baccalaureate core, degree, major, minor, option, and college requirements. The Office of the Registrar verifies completion of the remaining institutional requirements.

Academic Regulation 25 defines Institutional Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees. Questions regarding your ability to graduate as planned or regarding specific college/major/minor/option requirements should be directed to your academic advisor.

During the term in which you have applied to graduate, your record will be evaluated several times to determine if you have met graduation requirements. Any deficiencies will be recorded as a graduation hold on your student record. Check your holds by logging into MyOSU, under My Student Stuff click on View Holds. Also, continue to monitor your progress in MyDegrees. You will be responsible for monitoring your progress and checking your holds throughout your final term because your progress and holds will be updated continuously as changes to your record occur. Check your ONID email regularly.

What if I won’t meet my requirements as planned?

In the event that you will be unable to graduate at the end of the term for which you have applied you should cancel your existing application for graduation and submit a new application for the future term in which you will complete your requirements.

How do I know if I graduated?

Degree clearance requires approximately 4 weeks after the conclusion of the term.  When your degree requirements are completed your degree award will be posted to your transcript where you may view it. Also, the Office of the Registrar will send a notice of congratulation to your ONID student email address once your degree is awarded. It is your responsibility to consult your OSU transcript to confirm your degree award.

Commencement & Diplomas

Commencement

It is highly recommended that students, family, faculty, & staff take the opportunity to celebrate this momentous accomplishment. The university holds a single commencement ceremony each June. Students must RSVP their intention to attend via MyOSU (under My Student Stuff, click Apply to Graduate). Detailed information is sent to the current mailing address of eligible students in April of each year. Oregon State University has a long standing proud tradition of providing each student with his or her own diploma at the commencement ceremony. Find out more details at the Commencement section of this site.

Diplomas

With the exception of Spring term diplomas are available approximately 2 weeks after the posting of degrees. Diplomas may be obtained in one of three ways. Students attending commencement may receive their diploma at the ceremony if the student is on track to meet all requirements. The student, or their authorized designee, may pick their diploma at the Office of the Registrar. Upon receipt of a written request and the applicable shipping fee a diploma may be mailed. For details visit the Diplomas section of this site.

Commencement

Commencement Website

Commencement Ceremony Deadlines

Information Mailed to Current Mailing Address Deadline for Summer and Fall Graduates to apply to graduate and have their names appear in the Commencement Program

Commencement Participation Deadline

Commencement Ceremony

Around April 1, 2014
April 25, 2014 May 30, 2014 June 14, 2014

Frequently Asked Commencement Questions

Qualified Attendees

Graduates from the prior Summer through the upcoming Summer and Fall term may attend the Spring commencement. For example, commencement being held at the close of Spring term 2014 welcomes graduates from Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and pending graduates for Spring 2014, Summer 2014, and Fall 2014. Detailed information is sent to eligible students in April of each year. This information will be sent to their current mailing address.

Reserve a Seat at Commencement

It is a university tradition to provide each student their own diploma at the commencement ceremony. To have their diploma available we have to know who is coming, therefore attendees are required to RSVP for the event. Students can RSVP their intention to attend via Online Services or via MyOSU (under My Student Stuff, click Apply to Graduate).

Degrees with Distinction

High achieving students are recognized through the posting of a title of academic distinction to their degree award and through the wearing of an academic honor cord as part of their graduation regalia. Grade point averages are computed on the basis of all work attempted at OSU. Graduates who have completed at least 90 credits at OSU or 60 upper-division credits at OSU, and who have an OSU cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, are awarded an OSU degree with distinction as follows:

Academic Distinction

OSU GPA Range

Graduation
Honor Cord Color

Cum Laude

3.50–3.69

Orange

Magna Cum Laude

3.70–3.84

Gold

Summa Cum Laude

3.85–4.00

White

 

Candidates who have completed their degree in prior terms are eligible to wear Honor cords based on their completed OSU GPA and credits. For candidates pending Spring term graduation, eligibility to wear cords is based on the OSU institutional GPA and credit hours completed through Winter term. Candidates for Summer and Fall term graduation are not eligible to wear Honor cords at the Commencement Ceremony. When Spring term ends and final grades are posted, the Honors distinction will be evaluated and posted to eligible transcripts. If necessary, your diploma will be reprinted to reflect the Honors distinction. Honor cords may be purchased at the OSU Beaver Store.

 

Preliminary Grades

 

Commencement is held the Saturday following the conclusion of finals week. Spring term final grades are not yet available, however, we strive to provide diplomas to as many students as possible at commencement. The Registrar’s Office collects preliminary grades for pending graduates during the 7th week of the term to be utilized for a preliminary review of degree requirements.

Pending graduates who meet degree requirements based on preliminary review will receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony. Students who do not meet preliminary review requirements are welcome to attend the ceremony but will not receive their diploma at that time.

 

Commencement FAQ's

Most Frequently Asked Commencement Questions

  • How do I register for Commencement? Login to MyOSU, Student Records, Commencement Attendance Confirmation to confirm your attendance.
  • What if I am no longer coming to Commencement? Login to MyOSU, Student Records, Commencement Attendance Confirmation to cancel your attendance.
  • May I participate in Commencement if I intend to graduate in the upcoming Summer or Fall term? Baccalaureate degree candidates pending graduation for the upcoming Summer or Fall Terms may participate in Spring Term Commencement prior to the awarding of their degree OR they can opt to attend the commencement the following spring.
  • When is the Commencement Ceremony? Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in Reser Stadium. Line up begins at 9 a.m. Undergraduates will report to the Memorial Union Quad. Graduates will report to the Valley Library Quad. Procession to Reser begins at 10:00 a.m. and enters Reser at 10:30 a.m.
  • What if it rains? The ceremony will take place as scheduled. If rain is predicted, guests may want to bring a hat and/or rain poncho, or other types of covering. Umbrellas are not permitted in Reser Stadium.
  • Are the seats in Reser Stadium in the sun? Some guest seating is in the sun while some is in the shade. Guests may want to consider bringing sunscreen and visors or hats for sun protection. Students participating in the ceremony are seated on the playing field where there is no protection from the sun and are advised to bring sunscreen.
  • How do I know if I am approved to graduate? Confirm you have applied to graduate by checking self-service “View application(s) for Graduation” in Student Record menu. Check your holds for any deficiencies, watch your ONID email for status emails from the Registrar’s office, check your MyDegrees status, and check in with your advisor.
  • Am I eligible to receive my diploma at Commencement? We cannot determine this until preliminary grades are received and the student’s college verifies that all degree requirements have been met up to that point.
  • Will I be notified if I am not eligible to receive my diploma or graduate? Yes, we will notify you through your ONID email account.
  • Why wasn’t my name listed in my hometown newspaper? There are various reasons, but the two most common are 1) you have confidentiality on your record, or 2) your current mailing address is in Corvallis. OSU News & Communications releases information to the news media based on current mailing information.
  • Can I get a Commencement program before graduation? Unfortunately, they are not available prior to the event. Programs are available at the ceremony and thereafter, beginning June 16 at the Registrar's Office.
  • Where do I order the Commencement video? Contact Media Services for information or visit the Commencement website: http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/video.
  • Where do I order frames for diplomas? Frames are available through the Alumni Office or the OSU Beaver Store. A sample is available in the Registrar’s Office reception area.

Tickets/Seating 

  • Where do I get tickets? Tickets are not needed to attend the ceremony.
  • Is reserved seating available? No, seating is not reserved.

Commencement Information

  • When and where do I get my cap and gown or announcements and how much? Regalia may be purchased at the OSU Beaver Store. The OSU Beaver Store has pricing information. Announcements may be ordered directly through Jostens’ website, http://www.jostens.com/, the OSU Beaver Store website, http://osubeaverstore.com, or by calling 1-800-854-7464.
  • Where do I find Commencement information? The following people should have had a commencement brochure mailed to them around April 1:
    • Graduates from Summer 2013 through Winter 2014,
    • Prospective undergraduates for Spring 2014, Summer, and Fall 2014 and
    • Graduate students completing degrees by June 1, 2014

Students who have applied after April 1 for (Summer or Fall term) graduation will not be mailed a Commencement pamphlet. The pamphlet is published on the web, accessible through the Registrar’s homepage via the Commencement link. Information is also located on the Commencement website: http://oregonstate.edu/commencement/.

  • Why haven’t I received any information about graduation? You must have a valid address on file. Check your student record in MyOSU and update your address if needed.
  • How do I respond that I will be participating in the Commencement ceremony? You need to register to participate in Commencement through MyOSU or by using the button on the Commencement website.
  • Is it too late to register to participate? When is the last day to RSVP? The deadline to apply to graduate for Spring term is April 11, 2014. April 25 is the last day to apply to graduate for Summer and Fall term 2014 and get your name in the program. Commencement registration will remain open until May 30.
  • What address do you send Commencement information to? The Current Mailing Address. You can update your address through MyOSU.
  • Can I use my own cap and gown or do I have to purchase them? You may use your own cap and gown, but only if inspected and approved by Registrar's Office to verify that it is the correct design.

Diplomas

  • I’m taking classes at another institution this term, can I still receive my diploma? Only students in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) may be eligible to receive their diploma on Commencement day. To be eligible, the Registrar’s Office must receive as close to final grades as possible from the instructor(s) teaching at the other institution. The instructor’s email must come from their institution email address and be sent to graduation@oregonstate.edu. It is the responsibility of the DPP student to notify their instructors to email OSU. Students who are not in the DPP will have to wait until their final  transcripts are received from the other institution and degrees are awarded (expected to take place by July 21, 2014) before obtaining their diploma.
  • If I already picked up my diploma, can I still walk in the ceremony? Yes. You will receive a letter thanking you for participating in the ceremony in lieu of a diploma.
  • What size is my diploma? Undergraduate dimensions are 7x9; graduate/professional dimensions are 8x10.
  • Why can’t I get my diploma before the Monday after Commencement? Spring term diplomas are NOT released prior to the Commencement ceremony.
  • When can I get my diploma if I’m not attending the ceremony? Spring diplomas that are approved for release at Commencement but not distributed at the ceremony will be available at the Registrar's Office beginning June 16 (during normal business hours). Picture identification must be presented to obtain your diploma at the Registrar's Office.
  • How do I arrange to have my diploma mailed to me? You need to submit a Diploma Mailing Request/Duplicate Diploma Order which is available on the Registrar’s website under the Forms for Students section. The mailing fee is $25 ($40 for international mailing).
  • Why wasn’t my diploma in my case? Release of your diploma is dependent on many things including preliminary grades, transfer work, etc. Check your graduation holds in MyOSU and ONID e-mail for notification.
  • When can I get my diploma if I’m not cleared to receive my diploma at Commencement? You can pick up your diploma or request its mailing after the third week of July. To check the status of your degree verification, check your MyOSU for holds and your ONID e-mail for specific information.

The Ceremony

  • When and where is graduation? June 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in Reser Stadium. Line up begins at 9 a.m. Undergraduates will report to the Memorial Union Quad. Graduates will report to the Valley Library Quad. Procession to Reser begins at 10:00 a.m. and enters Reser at 10:30 a.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. for guests.
  • If I completed the requirements in an earlier term, can I still walk in the ceremony? Yes, past terms: Summer 2013, Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 graduates are invited to participate. If you have not picked up your diploma, it will be presented at the ceremony.
  • I’m not graduating until Summer or Fall term 2014. Can I still attend Commencement? Yes. Undergraduate students with senior status (minimum of 135 credits) pending Summer or Fall 2014 graduation may participate. You need to apply to graduate, then register to participate in Commencement through MyOSU. You will not receive a diploma; instead, you will receive a letter in your diploma case thanking you for attending.
  • How long does the commencement ceremony last? 2½ to 3 hours.
  • How do I arrange special seating for family members who can’t climb stairs? Gate C at Reser Stadium has a handicapped accessible elevator, which will take the person to the club level area of seating.
  • Can I park my baby stroller in the handicapped seating section? No, a special room will be available for baby strollers. Signage will indicate the location of this room. A nursing station will also be available.

Grades and Honor Cords

  • When does my incomplete grade need to be resolved so I may receive my diploma at Commencement? The grade must be received by the Registrar’s Office by May 9 for undergraduate students and May 30 for graduate students.
  • What if I have an incomplete that hasn’t been removed by May 9? You can still attend the ceremony but will not receive your diploma that day.
  • What if I receive an incomplete on preliminary grades? You can still attend the ceremony but will not receive your diploma that day.
  • Can I wear an honor cord? Yes, if you have academic honors based on Winter Term OSU cumulative GPA & credits: Cum Laude = 3.50+ (Orange cord) Magna Cum Laude = 3.70+ (Gold cord) and Summa Cum Laude = 3.85+ (White cord) and you must have 90 credits or 60 upper-division credits at OSU and you are a graduate of the 2013–2014 academic year. Future Summer and Fall graduates are not eligible to wear honor cords in the 2014 Commencement Ceremony.
  • Can I wear other cords or regalia from clubs and honor societies? Yes. While they are not formally recognized by OSU, other cords, stoles and regalia may be worn during the Commencement ceremony.
  • Why wasn’t I listed ‘with honors’ for graduation? An honor is determined with Winter Term OSU cumulative (Institutional) GPAs. Students graduating Summer or Fall 2014 will not receive honors at this ceremony.
  • My Spring term grades make my GPA high enough to wear an honor cord. How do I get one? Honors for the ceremony are based on Winter Term OSU cumulative GPAs and credit hours. If, in fact, Spring term grades bring up the OSU cumulative GPA and credit hours to honors level, a new diploma will be reprinted with the correct academic honors and you will be notified. The reprinted diploma will be available for you to pick up about mid-August. You may request mailing of the replacement diploma, free of charge, by submitting the diploma mailing request form. The original diploma should be returned to the Registrar's Office (it is not necessary to return the case).

Assistance for Students/Guests with Disabilities

  • Assistance for Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities who plan to attend Commencement and who may need special accommodations should email the Registrar’s Office registrar@oregonstate.edu. Put in the subject line, "Accommodations for Commencement", or call 541-737-4048 to make arrangements by May 2, 2014.
  • Assistance for Guests with Disabilities or Medical needs: A number of special services are made available to accommodate those guests with hearing impairments, mobility problems, special seating and parking needs. You are encouraged to call the Commencement Hotline at 541-737-9390 or check http://oregonstate.edu/commencement/ for details. Guests who are sensitive to climatic conditions or who would be more comfortable in auditorium seating may view the televised ceremony from the Stadium Club located on the third level of Reser Stadium. If special services are needed, please contact the Disabilities Access Services Office at 541-737-4098.

MyDegrees & Degree Clearance Issues

  • MyDegrees shows I’m on track to graduate; is there anything else I need to do? The MyDegrees audit is a good faith preliminary audit. After the term ends, a full audit will be completed during the degree clearance process, using final grades and final advisor and college input. You will be notified if there are any deficiencies at that time or you will receive a notification that you have successfully graduated.
  • MyDegrees says I need 212 credits for my 2 majors, but my advisor says I only need 180, how many do I need? The number of credits depends on whether you wish to pursue a Double Degree or a Double Major. Work with your advisor to determine the best option for you. MyDegrees will be adjusted when you apply to graduate to reflect the actual number of credits needed as a result of your choice of a Double Degree or Double Major.
  • How do I know if I graduated? Degrees are cleared approximately four weeks after the term ends. You can see if your degree has been awarded by checking your unofficial transcript in the MyOSU unofficial transcript section. Additionally, an email notifying you of your graduation status will be sent to your ONID account. Be sure to monitor your ONID email closely for a minimum of one month after the term for which you’ve applied to graduate.
  • Do I have to complete a foreign language? A foreign language is required by the Oregon University System (state of Oregon) and must be fulfilled prior to the awarding of any undergraduate degree (see Admissions Requirements).

Spring Candidates

  • I’m taking classes at another institution this term, can I still receive my diploma? Only students in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) may be eligible to receive their diploma on Commencement day. To be eligible, the Registrar’s Office must receive as close to final grades as possible from the instructor(s) teaching at the other institution. The instructor’s email must come from their institution email address and be sent to graduation@oregonstate.edu. It is the responsibility of the DPP student to notify their instructors to email OSU. Students who are not in the DPP will have to wait until their final  transcripts are received from the other institution and degrees are awarded (expected to take place by July 21, 2014) before obtaining their diploma.
  • Will I receive my diploma at Commencement? The Registrar’s Office will make every attempt to provide your diploma on Commencement day. We review daily for missing preliminary grades, final grades, and transcripts in an effort to complete your degree audit before Commencement. If we are unable to complete your audit for any reason, you will receive a letter in your diploma case thanking you for participating in the ceremony. Upon final clearance, your diploma will be available for pick up at the Registrar’s Office.
  • I may be late to the ceremony; can I still receive my diploma? Diploma distribution is a finely tuned process, if you are late or get out of alphabetical order, you may not receive your diploma at the ceremony.
  • How can I verify that I will receive my diploma? Review your graduation holds! Holds for unresolved Y grades will not prevent the release of your diploma, but all other holds will prevent the release of your diploma.
  • When will I know if my degree audit has been successful? Approximately two weeks before Commencement and after preliminary grades have been received, all students whose audit was not successful will receive an email identifying the insufficiencies. This email serves to notify you that your diploma may not be available at Commencement; however, you are still eligible to attend Commencement. Some deficiencies may not be resolved until after final grades are received, or final transfer work is received. If the issues are not resolved before the Commencement ceremony, you will receive a thank you letter in your diploma case and your diploma will be available in the Registrar’s Office upon degree clearance.
  • I need another class in Summer/Fall, can I still participate in Commencement? If you realize you will be unable to complete your degree requirements in Spring term, you will want to move your application for graduation to a future term. Summer and Fall graduates are still eligible to participate in Commencement.
  • I’m failing a class and may have to take it over next term; can I still participate in Commencement? Yes, but you may not receive your diploma; instead you will receive a thank you for participating letter in your diploma case. If, at the completion of your class you are unsuccessful, you must change your application for graduation to a future term.
  • I’m not sure if I can complete my minor/option, can I still graduate? If your minor/option cannot be completed in the term you have applied to graduate, you must drop the minor at the Registrar’s Office, otherwise your graduation application will be cancelled. You may complete your minor in a future term as a credential seeking student.
  • Who can I contact for questions regarding my degree audit? Your academic advisor has the most information about your specific program of study and should be your first point of contact for questions related to your specific issues.
  • My preliminary grade was too low for graduation, but I’ll have it back up at the end of the term, do I need to notify someone? The Registrar’s Office monitors grades daily looking for improved preliminary grades or successful final grades. The hold will be removed as soon as an improved grade is received.
  • MyDegrees shows the preliminary grade now; do I need to notify someone? The Registrar’s Office monitors grades daily looking for preliminary grades; you should see the hold removed by the end of the day.

Diplomas

With the exception of Spring term, diplomas are available approximately 2 weeks after the posting of degrees.

Picking Up a Diploma in Person

Diplomas are retained in the Office of the Registrar. Students may pick-up their diploma in person at commencement or at the Office of the Registrar. Students who choose to pick up their diploma at the Office of the Registrar must present picture identification before receiving their diploma.

Can someone pick up a diploma on the student’s behalf?

Yes, a student may authorize another individual to pick up their diploma by completing the Diploma Release Request form. The authorized individual should present the form and their picture identification at the Office of the Registrar.

Mailing Diplomas

Students may have their diploma mailed to them by completing the Diploma Mailing Request/Duplicate Diploma Order form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar along with payment for the mailing fee. The diploma will be mailed to the address provided on the request form.

Diploma Copies

Students can obtain a duplicate diploma by completing the Diploma Mailing Request/Duplicate Diploma Order and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar along with payment of the duplicate diploma fee. Processing time for such requests is 2 to 4 weeks.

Verifying Your Degree

Moving forward into your future you may find that you need to provide proof of your degree. We provide tools for just that purpose.

Verifying your degree on the Web

Degrees awarded by Oregon State University are recorded with the National Student Clearinghouse. Students, employers, and other organizations may request verification of a degree directly from the NSC by visiting their website and submitting a request.

Verifying your degree with a transcript

A student may verify degrees awarded by ordering an official OSU transcript. The official transcript may be ordered through MyOSU and sent to whatever address you specify. You may also elect to pick up your diploma at the Office of the Registrar. Be prepared to show your picture identification if picking up a transcript. Transcripts may be ordered in advance with the special handling instruction “Hold for Degree”. Orders with this instruction will be sent automatically upon the completion of the degree award process.