Commencement & Diplomas

Commencement

It is highly recommended that students, family, faculty, and 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:

  1. Students attending commencement may receive their diploma at the ceremony if the student is on track to meet all requirements.
  2. The student or their authorized designee may pickup their diploma at the Office of the Registrar.
  3. The Office of the Registrar may mail the diploma to the student upon receipt of a written request and the applicable shipping fee.

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, 2015
April 24, 2015 May 29, 2015 June 13, 2015

Frequently Asked Commencement Questions

Qualified Attendees

Baccalaureate 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 2015 welcomes graduates from Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and pending graduates for Spring 2015, Summer 2015, and Fall 2015. Detailed information is sent to eligible students in April of each year. This information will be sent to their current mailing address. Masters and PhD graduates from the prior summer through the upcoming summer are eligible to attend. Please visit http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/success/commencement for more information on graduate school student participation.

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 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.

 

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.