Questions about in-person commencement activites

The Corvallis event will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021 and will include an informal processional, departing from the Library Quad and the Memorial Union Quad to arrive at Reser Stadium, where graduates will be seated for very brief remarks from the Interim President, the Provost and the college deans. Face masks will be required. We encourage you to wear your caps and tassels as well as comfortable shoes for a long walk. The processional and commencement celebration is in addition to the virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Because family and friends will be unable to attend, graduates will be given an opportunity to take their photo at booths set up in Reser Stadium. Additionally, a photo station will be set up in the MU during the week of June 7 – Monday through Thursday – for graduates to take selfies.

Graduates from the class of 2020 and 2021 are invited to the in-person commencement celebration and processional on June 11, 2021.

Eligible graduates from 2020 and 2021 received an email on May 26th at 4PM with a link to RSVP to this celebratory processional. The deadline to RSVP is June 8 at 11:59 p.m.


To contribute to public health safety, this event will be for graduates only.

Graduates will line up at noon near the MU and Library Quads in areas designated for each college. At approximately 12:30 p.m., graduates will process with their college to Reser Stadium. Depending on the location where your college starts, this processional may be long, so please wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget to wear your cap and tassel. 

Graduates are encouraged to wear regalia if they have it available, and the cap and tassel that was mailed out in April.

Questions Regarding the Virtual Commencement Ceremony

The 2021 commencement ceremony will be held virtually on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. Given the status of COVID-19 in Oregon, nationally and internationally, we are unable to gather in-person. While disappointing, the decision to hold a virtual commencement ceremony was made with health and safety as the number one priority. We hope that you invite your friends and family to view the virtual commencement.

To view the virtual ceremony, visit the commencement website. Please check your OSU email and the commencement website regularly for updates.

The virtual commencement will appear live on the commencement website on June 12th at 10:30 AM (PDT) and will remain up for future viewing.

Yes, the virtual commencement ceremony will be available to view on the commencement website anytime after 10:30 AM (PDT) on June 12, 2021.

All eligible students were invited to RSVP to participate and prepare a graduation slide to be shown during the virtual ceremony. The deadline to complete a graduation slide was May 15th at 11:59 PM. All graduates will have a slide shown during the commencement ceremony, and slides completed before the deadline will include a photo and personal statement. Opportunities for active engagement will be shared on the commencement website and through social media.

Graduates with questions regarding their graduation slide can contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected]

The deadline to RSVP and create a graduation slide has passed and we are not able to make edits to slides after the deadline of May 15, 2021.

All students who graduated in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 and those expected to graduate in Winter 2021, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 are invited to participate.

Questions Regarding Regalia

You may use your own or borrowed regalia if you choose to wear a cap and gown.

Regalia may be purchased online through the OSU Beaver Store at, or by calling 1-800-854-7464. The OSU Beaver Store has pricing information.

Please review the degrees with distinction (i.e., Latin honors) criteria at Students who meet the criteria outlined on that web page can purchase commencement honor cords online via the OSU Beaver Store website, or by calling 1-800-854-7464.

Questions Regarding Diplomas

Starting Summer 2019, original diplomas are mailed free of charge via USPS first class mail (standard delivery). This service is provided by the Michael Sutter Company, our vendor that prints OSU diplomas.

  • Once your final grades are recorded and your degree is awarded (see important graduation/diploma dates here), you will receive an email from [email protected] in your OSU email account.
  • This email includes your Secure ID to order your diploma. Please save this email for any future diploma requests; you use the same Secure ID for every transaction.
  • Within 9 business days after submitting your diploma order, the vendor mails your diploma at no charge to you.
  • Due to COVID-19, we've temporarily suspended the ability to order to pick up at the Office of the Registrar. If you need this service, please contact [email protected] to arrange a time when you can pick up your diploma.

More information regarding ordering a diploma can be found on the Registrar's Office website.

Yes, we will notify you through your OSU email account.

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 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.

Degrees are cleared approximately two weeks after the term ends. You can see if your degree has been awarded by checking your unofficial transcript in the MyOSU Portal unofficial transcript section. Additionally, an email notifying you of your graduation status will be sent to your OSU email account. Be sure to closely monitor your OSU email account for a minimum of one month after the term for which you are a candidate for graduation.

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 questions.

Please visit for more information. For complete deadlines on finishing your degree please visit the master’s or doctoral student page.  

The diploma size for all graduates is 8.5 x 11 inches.

You will receive a diploma case in the mail before commencement day. Please be sure to update your current mailing address in My OregonState.

Frames are available through OSU Beaver Store.