Ceremony FAQs

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Reser Stadium | Corvallis, OR 

As of 01/07/22, Commencement will be held in-person with families and friends. 

Yes, in accordance with the OSU Policy: Proof of Up-to-date Vaccination Requirement for Designated Events, all guests 5 and older will be required to show proof of up-to-date vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the previous three days of the commencement ceremony. 

Acceptable proof of an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination includes a CDC vaccination card, a photocopy of the card or a photo of the card on a mobile device, with accompanying proof of identification. 

This is the definition of "up-to-date" on your COVID-19 vaccine: you have received a booster or a second vaccine dose of Moderna within the past six months; or a booster or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine within the past five months; or receipt of an initial dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the past two months. 

For those who cannot provide proof of up-to-date vaccination, documentation of a negative test taken within three days of the event will also be accepted. The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (either nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT], including polymerase chain reaction [PCR], or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, at-home test results do not qualify. 

A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy). The documentation must include: 

  • Test result
  • Type of test (indicating it was a NAAT or antigen test)
  • The entity issuing the result (e.g., laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service)
  • Specimen collection date. A negative test result for documentation of recovery from the three days before the event. A positive test result for documentation of recovery from COVID-19 must show the specimen was collected within the three months before the event. 
  • Accompanying proof of identification in the form of a driver's license or another document that visibly identifies the specific individual on the test result. 

Children under age 5 do not need to provide proof of up-to-date vaccination or a negative test.

 

While face coverings are not required in outdoor spaces, we recommend wearing face coverings in crowded spaces for your own safety and protection. 

Log into the MyOregonState portal, search for "commencement attendance" and select the appropriate resource link based on your level (undergraduate or graduate). 

Line-up for the processional begins at 9:00 a.m.

Undergraduates will report to the Memorial Union Quad.

Graduates will report to the Valley Library Quad.

Procession to Reser Stadium will begin at approximately 9:45 a.m.

Baccalaureate degree candidates graduating in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 are invited to participate in the 2022 Commencement Ceremony. 

Masters and doctoral degree candidates completing requirements in Summer 2022 may attend Commencement if enrolled for at least 3 credits in the summer term and if they file a diploma application by TBD.  

No, the 2022 Commencement Ceremony will be dedicated to students graduating in 2022. 

Our 2020 and 2021 graduates were celebrated at the 2021 Graduation Celebration. 

Graduate FAQs

Confirm you are a graduation candidate by searching for "View application(s) for Graduation" in the MyOregonState portal.

Be sure to:

  • Check your holds for any deficiencies
  • Watch your OSU email account for status emails from the Office of the Registrar
  • Check your MyDegrees
  • Check-in with your advisor  

While diplomas will be distributed the day of Commencement, we cannot determine a student's specific eligibility until preliminary grades are received and the student’s college verifies that all degree requirements have been met up to that point. 

Summer 2022 graduates will not be eligible to receive their diploma at Commencement but may still participate in the ceremony. 

 

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

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 MyOregonState portal unofficial transcript section. Additionally, an email notifying you of your graduation status will be sent to your OSU email account. Be sure to monitor your OSU email account closely for a minimum of one month after the term for which you are a candidate for graduation.

Unfortunately, programs are not available prior to the event. Programs will be available at the Commencement Ceremony. 

Log into the MyOregonState portal, search for "commencement attendance" and select the appropriate resource link based on your level (undergraduate or graduate) to cancel your attendance. 

If you are a graduate with disabilities who may need accommodations at the Commencement Ceremony, please respond to this survey by June 1, 2022. 

Commencement registration will remain open until June 1, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.

A special program of the 153rd Commencement Ceremony will be available on the commencement website on Sunday, June 12, 2022. 

Guest FAQs

Tickets are NOT needed to attend the Commencement Ceremony.

No, reserved seating is NOT available. 

Some seats are in the sun while others are 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.

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.

Yes, the Completing Reser Stadium Project will be underway. The Commencement Ceremony will proceed as planned.

Graduates will be seated on the field and guests will be seated on the East Side of the stadium which will not be under construction.

Views of the construction site will be visible behind the ceremony stage. 

Yes, upon arriving to Reser Stadium you will be asked to show your ID and vaccination card or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. Please arrive early and give yourself enough time for this checkpoint. 

In accordance with OSU Policy: Proof of Up-to-date Vaccination Requirement for Designated Events, all guests 5 and older will be required to show proof of up-to-date vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the previous three days of the commencement ceremony. 

Acceptable proof of an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination includes a CDC vaccination card, a photocopy of the card or a photo of the card on a mobile device, with accompanying proof of identification. 

This is the definition of "up-to-date" on your COVID-19 vaccine: you have received a booster or a second vaccine dose of Moderna within the past six months; or a booster or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine within the past five months; or receipt of an initial dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the past two months. 

For those who cannot provide proof of up-to-date vaccination, documentation of a negative test taken within three days of the event will also be accepted. The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (either nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT], including polymerase chain reaction [PCR], or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, at-home test results do not qualify. 

A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy). The documentation must include: 

  • Test result
  • Type of test (indicating it was a NAAT or antigen test)
  • The entity issuing the result (e.g., laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service)
  • Specimen collection date. A negative test result for documentation of recovery from the three days before the event. A positive test result for documentation of recovery from COVID-19 must show the specimen was collected within the three months before the event. 
  • Accompanying proof of identification in the form of a driver's license or another document that visibly identifies the specific individual on the test result. 

Children under age 5 do not need to provide proof of up-to-date vaccination or a negative test.

The Commencement Ceremony will last roughly 2½ to 3 hours. 

A number of special services are made available to accommodate those guests with hearing impairments, mobility problems, special seating and parking needs. 

If you are a guest with disabilities who may need accommodations at the Commencement Ceremony, please respond to this survey by June 1, 2022. 

Gate C at Reser Stadium has an accessible elevator, which will take the person to the club level area of seating.

No, a special room will be available for storing baby strollers. Signage will indicate the location of this room.

A nursing station will also be available.

Regalia FAQs

Date: April 19-20, 2022

Location: OSU Beaver Store 

Regalia may be purchased at the OSU Beaver Store.

Announcements may be ordered directly through Jostens or the OSU Beaver Store.

The Grad Fair will be held at the OSU Beaver Store on April 19 and April 20. This is where you can purchase your cap and gown and commencement announcements. This is also your opportunity to get information about the ceremony and make contact with the OSU Alumni Association. 

You may use your own black Jostens cap and gown as long as it is inspected and approved by the Office of the Registrar to verify that it is the correct design.

Please review the degrees with distinction criteria. Students who meet the criteria outlined on that web page can purchase commencement honor cords at the OSU Beaver Store.

Yes. While they are not formally recognized by OSU, other cords, stoles, and regalia may be worn during the Commencement Ceremony.

Diploma FAQs

While diplomas will be distributed the day of Commencement, we cannot determine a student's specific eligibility until preliminary grades are received and the student’s college verifies that all degree requirements have been met up to that point. 

Summer 2022 graduates will not be eligible to receive their diploma at Commencement but may still participate in the ceremony. 

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 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.

Spring graduates who are not attending the Commencement Ceremony will be able to order their diplomas after spring degrees have been conferred. Emails will be sent to graduates’ OSU email accounts with instructions on how to order. 

Yes, diplomas will be distributed following the conclusion of the ceremony.

Diploma size for all graduates is 8.5 x 11 inches. 

Frames are available for purchase through the OSU Beaver Store.

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.

The Office of the Registrar 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.

The Office of the Registrar monitors grades daily looking for preliminary grades; if your instructor updates your preliminary grade, you should see the deficiency hold removed by the end of the next day. 

The grade must be received by the Office of the Registrar by May 9 for undergraduate students and TBD for graduate students.

You can still attend the ceremony but will not receive your diploma that day.

You can still attend the ceremony but will not receive your diploma that day.