Commencement 2021

A Worldwide, virtual celebration

Commencement 2021 Will Be Virtual

We continue to carefully monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic locally, throughout Oregon, nationally and internationally. While more people are being vaccinated every day, we do not believe it is possible within anticipated state and local health guidelines to plan any large in-person events as early as June. For many reasons, including the ability of family and friends of graduating students to plan possible travel and lodging, we believe it is important to announce a decision now regarding 2021 Commencement. Due to continuing public health concerns related to COVID-19, the 2021 Commencement ceremonies for both the Corvallis and Bend campuses will be conducted virtually. While extremely disappointing, this decision was made with health and safety as the university’s top priority.

Although virtual, we commit to enable engaging, student-driven Commencement events with personal touches that allow you to be featured if you choose to participate this way. Our sincere hope is that someday in the future, we will be able to invite both 2020 and 2021 graduates back for in-person celebrations. We cannot commit to when that might be, but we look forward to those events!

Commencement Checklist including RSVP

  • RSVP for the virtual ceremony and create your graduation slide at
  • Update your mailing address at
  • Watch your mail for your graduation gift box that contains a cap, tassel, and diploma case – arriving late April.
  • Share your story on social media using #BeaverGrad.
  • Join in the OSU Alumni Association Countdown to Commencement activities and win giveaways at
  • After degrees are conferred, you will be contacted regarding ordering your diploma. More details can be found here.  

Commencement Day

Commencement 2021 will take place on Saturday, June 12 for Corvallis and Ecampus students. The virtual events will begin with the university’s main commencement celebration from 10:30-11:30 a.m. PDT, followed by pre-recorded school and college ceremonies.

The OSU Cascades commencement will take place on June 13 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

OSU Cascades Grads

How to Participate

Graduates invited to participate in this year's virtual commencement must RSVP by May 15. Graduates will be invited to prepare a slide thru GradPak on the dates listed below.

Summer ’20 thru Winter ’21, and Spring ’21 grads notified on April 6 can submit a slide now. Late adds for Spring ’21 and Summer ’21 grads will be invited on April 25th. 

Click here for FAQs regarding how to prepare your graduation slide.

RSVP Here and Create Your Slide



All graduates will receive a special celebration package. Please be sure to update your current mailing address so that your package is not returned to us or delayed.

Update on MyOregonState


Schedule your graduation photo with LifeTouch photographers on campus on April 28 or 29. Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Caps and gowns will be provided. Bring your stole or cords.

Appointment Required - Schedule Here


Have you been notified by the Registrar's Office that you are eligible for Institutional Awarding? Meet with your advisor to review your degree requirements.

Institutional Awarding Information


Get your regalia, graduation announcements, and class rings
online through the OSU Beaver Store
starting April 1st.

Grad Fair


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