Follow this handy to-do list to make sure you graduate as planned.

1. Reserve your place at the ceremony.

To participate in Commencement, you must register and have an application to graduate on file. To register, go to and log in, click on Commencement Attendance Confirmation in the “My Student Stuff” block. You must be a graduate (or anticipated graduate) of one of the following terms: summer 2017, fall 2017, winter 2018, spring 2018 or summer 2018. Undergraduates with anticipated graduation in fall 2018 are also eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Please register early so that you are able to purchase regalia well in advance. The last date to register for Commencement participation is June 1. If your plans change and you are unable to attend the ceremony, please return to MyOSU and cancel your attendance confirmation.  Should you decide not to attend Commencement but are eligible to receive your diploma, you may pick up your diploma at the Registrar’s Office beginning June 18 at noon. To have your diploma mailed, complete and submit the Diploma Mailing Request form.

2. Attend the Grad Fair.

The Grad Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 16-17 in the OSU Beaver Store. This is your opportunity to get information about the ceremony and make contact with the OSU Alumni Association. You can also buy your cap and gown, class ring and commencement announcements. Visit the graduation center for additional information.

3. Review your MyDegrees audit with your advisor.

Undergraduate Candidates: Review your graduation audit in MyDegrees to check that you are on track meet graduation requirements in the term you have applied for graduation. Contact your advisor should you have questions.

If you are a summer or fall 2018 undergraduate candidate, the evaluation of your degree will take place after your anticipated graduation term ends. However, you may still participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Graduate Candidates: Check requirements and deadlines online.

4. Ensure all your course work is complete and on record.

For spring term graduates to be eligible to receive a diploma at Commencement, all incomplete grades for required courses must be resolved and transfer credits must be on file before May 11.

All credits from transfer institutions that are required for your degree must be on file before May 11.

All incomplete grades for courses included in the completion of institutional and/or major degree requirements must be resolved. All I/Alternate Grades that are pending at the time the degree is conferred will revert to the alternate grade. You should resolve all I/Alternate Grades before degrees are conferred at the end of the term in which you have applied to graduate. Please visit our website for more information regarding incomplete grades.

5. Review preliminary grades for the spring term.

Undergraduate Candidates: Oregon State faculty will post preliminary grades to graduating spring term students by May 11. If your ability to graduate is in question, your advisor or the Registrar’s Office will notify you. If your status is in question, you may still take part in Commencement. However, based on your final grades, you may receive a certificate of participation instead of your diploma.  

Graduate Candidates: Grades will be reported to the Graduate School. If you’re a graduate candidate, you may participate in Commencement and receive your diploma only if all of your degree requirements are completed by the spring term deadline.  Graduate students completing degree requirements summer term may also participate with agreement of their major professor.  For detailed requirements, see “commencement requirements” on the Graduate School website.