Ceremony FAQs

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023

Time: Gates open at 9:00 a.m. | Ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Reser Stadium | Corvallis, OR 

 

Yes, Reser Stadium observes a Clear Bag Policy. All guests attending the 2023 Commencement Ceremony must adhere to this policy - please plan ahead!

Clear bags are required to enter Reser Stadium for Commencement. BEST Security will be searching clear bags, strollers, wheelchairs at the entry gate. Additional information can be found here

  • Guests who show up at the gate with a prohibited bag will not be allowed into the stadium; Guests will need to return their bag to their vehicle; No bag check will be available at Commencement

Approved bags: Clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"; one gallon clear, re-sealable plastic storage bags; and small clutch bags no larger than 4.5" x 8.5" (approximately the size of a hand) with or without a handle or strap. 

Baccalaureate degree candidates graduating in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 will be invited to participate in the 2023 commencement ceremony. The deadline to RSVP for Commencement is June 4, 2023. 

Masters and doctoral degree candidates who completed all of their degree requirements by the Spring 2023 deadline or at the end of Summer 2023 will be invited to participate in the 2023 commencement ceremony. Check the Graduate School website for more details. 

Masters and doctoral degree candidates completing requirements in Summer 2023 may attend Commencement if enrolled for at least 3 credits in the summer term and if they file a diploma application by April 7, 2023.

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

Registration closes at 8:00 a.m. on June 7, 2023

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 promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Tickets are not required. There is no guest limit for the 2023 Commencement Ceremony. Graduates, invite your family members and friends! 

The university-wide commencement ceremony held in Corvallis on June 17 celebrates all OSU graduates, from all locations and Ecamups. 

Alternatively, the OSU-Cascades commencement ceremony held in Bend on June 18 exclusively celebrates graduates attending OSU-Cascades. OSU-Cascades graduates should plan to attend the Bend commencement ceremony. 

The Oregon State University Commencement Ceremony is a rain or shine event. Although umbrellas are not permitted in Reser Stadium, sun visors or rain ponchos are suggested. Sunscreen is recommended. Ponchos will be available for purchase at the Beaver Store located inside Reser Stadium.

Graduates and guests are not required to show proof of vaccination to attend the 2023 Commencement Ceremony at Reser Stadium. 

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  

If you receive your diploma at the commencement ceremony, this does not guarantee that you graduated! Please check your MyDegrees for a minimum of one month after the term ends to be sure. 

The MyDegrees audit is a good-faith preliminary check of your degree progress. Approximately two weeks after your graduating term ends, a full audit check will be completed during the degree clearance, using final grades, final advisor and college input. You will be notified via your OSU email if there are any deficiencies at the time or notification that you successfully earned your degree and graduated. 

Summer 2023 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.

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. 

You may choose the college you wish to sit with.

Please note that undergraduate students who are earning multiple degrees from the College of Education will sit with their primary college and post-baccalaureate students earning their degree from the College of Education will sit with the College of Liberal Arts. 

If you are a graduate with disabilities who may need accommodations at the Commencement Ceremony, please respond to this survey (coming soon) by 11:59 p.m. on June 7.

After June 7, contact Mike Jefferis directly.

Commencement registration will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on June 4. 

A special program of the 154th Commencement Ceremony will be available on the commencement website on Monday, June 19, 2023.

Graduates and guests can also watch the 154th Commencement Ceremony live on the day of the event, Saturday, June 17, 2023 on the commencement website

Oregon State University is proud to continue longstanding ceremonial traditions in the 154th Commencement Ceremony. The first tradition, which is OSU’s signature honor, provides graduates with their actual diploma the day of commencement. The second tradition, which honors graduating students’ time with their family and friends, includes doctoral candidates walking across the stage with their names read; Master’s candidates and undergraduate colleges are acknowledged separately with standing ovations. These ceremonial traditions allow for us to celebrate and acknowledge the 4000+ doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate candidates participating in commencement, provide our graduates with their diploma, and give graduates time to celebrate with their families and friends after the event.

The OSU Beaver Store will open at 8:00 a.m. on Commencement day and will have regalia items available for purchase. 

Every student who has RSVP'd for the ceremony will have a card with their name, a unique number and QR code. You will get this card from your marshal at the lineup on the day of Commencement. This card is your pass to participate in the ceremony, have your photos taken, and receive your diploma/case. Do not lose this card. We suggest taking a picture of the card just in case. 

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

Guest FAQs

Tickets are NOT required to attend the Commencement Ceremony.

Yes, Reser Stadium observes a Clear Bag Policy. All guests attending the 2023 Commencement Ceremony must adhere to this policy - please plan ahead!

Clear bags are required to enter Reser Stadium for Commencement. BEST Security will be searching clear bags, strollers, wheelchairs at the entry gate. Additional information can be found here

  • Guests who show up at the gate with a prohibited bag will not be allowed into the stadium; Guests will need to return their bag to their vehicle; No bag check will be available at Commencement

Approved bags: Clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"; one gallon clear, re-sealable plastic storage bags; and small clutch bags no larger than 4.5" x 8.5" (approximately the size of a hand) with or without a handle or strap. 

 

Reser Stadium complies with all TSA and Homeland Security prohibited items list. For the safety and security of our guests, the following items are not permitted into Reser Stadium for the 2023 Commencement Ceremony: 

  • Alcohol 
  • Outside Beverages (sealed bottled water is permitted)
  • Outside Food 
  • Glass Containers
  • Metal Cans
  • Hard Sided Coolers 
  • Flags/Signs on Poles or Sticks 
  • Artificial Noisemakers
  • Firearms
  • Knives
  • Weapons of Any Kind
  • Explosives
  • Flammable Material 
  • Pets (service animals are permitted) 
  • Live Beavers 
  • Chainsaws
  • Umbrellas 
  • Backpacks
  • Bags larger than 4.5" x 8.5" 
  • Purses larger than 4.5" x 8.5" 

No, reserved seating is NOT available. Seating is first come, first serve. 

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 Oregon State University Commencement Ceremony is a rain or shine event. Although umbrellas are not permitted in Reser Stadium, sun visors or rain ponchos are suggested. Sunscreen is recommended. Ponchos will be available for purchase at the Beaver Store located inside Reser Stadium.

Note: If you walk to the stadium with an umbrella, you may bring it inside but you cannot open it once you are in the 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. 

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 (coming soon) by 11:59 p.m. on June 7. 

After June 7, contact Francis Pastorelle for assistance. 

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

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

A nursing station will also be available.

Parking is available in all lots on campus. 

The Reser Stadium parking lot is reserved for ADA parking only. 

Please note that the parking garage on the corner of SW 26th Street and SW Washington Way (across from Gill Coliseum) is available but gets congested easily; Egress out of the parking garage following Commencement typically takes up to 2 hours. We suggest avoiding the parking garage if possible. 

Regalia FAQs

Regalia can be purchased in-person or online through the OSU Beaver Store. 

In-person: Grad Fair | April 18-19 | OSU Beaver Store 

  • Opportunity to purchase cap, gown and announcements 
  • Opportunity to get information about the ceremony and make contact with the OSU Alumni Association

Online: OSU Beaver Store

  • Individual items are currently available to purchase 
  • Regalia Bundles (discounted price when bundling items) will be available online following the Grad Fair on April 20 
  • Announcements may be ordered directly through Jostens

Graduation Gown Size Guide 

Height Range Weight Range *1 Weight Range *2 Weight Range
4'10" - 5'0" up to 159 160-219 220-280
5'1" - 5'3" up to 179 180-239 240-300
5'4" - 5'6" up to 199 200-264 265-330
5'7" - 5'9" up to 229 230-294 295-360
5'10" - 6'0" up to 259 260-329 330-400
6'1" - 6'3" up to 284 285-354 355-425
6'4" - 6'6" up to 309 310-384 385-460
6'7" - 6'9" up to 329 330-404 405-480
6'10" - 7'0" up to 349 350-429 430-510

*Extended *1 and *2 size gowns are available in-store and over the phone; unavailable online. 

 

Date: April 18-19, 2023

Location: OSU Beaver Store 

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.

Faculty regalia can be rented from the OSU Beaver Store here beginning February 1.

All orders must be placed by April 7. Orders placed after April 7 will incur an expediting fee or may require substitutions. 

The OSU Beaver Store is able to use index numbers for department charges on faculty regalia. 

Email [email protected] with any questions. 

While supplies last, all regalia will continue to be available in the OSU Beaver Store and online at OSUBeaverStore.com on April 20 following the Grad Fair. 

All regalia will continue to be available in the OSU Beaver Store and online at OSUBeaverStore.com on April 20 following the Grad Fair.

Graduation Gown Size Guide 

Height Range Weight Range *1 Weight Range *2 Weight Range
4'10" - 5'0" up to 159 160-219 220-280
5'1" - 5'3" up to 179 180-239 240-300
5'4" - 5'6" up to 199 200-264 265-330
5'7" - 5'9" up to 229 230-294 295-360
5'10" - 6'0" up to 259 260-329 330-400
6'1" - 6'3" up to 284 285-354 355-425
6'4" - 6'6" up to 309 310-384 385-460
6'7" - 6'9" up to 329 330-404 405-480
6'10" - 7'0" up to 349 350-429 430-510

*Extended *1 and *2 size gowns are available in-store and over the phone; unavailable online. 

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 2023 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 15 for undergraduate students and June 9 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.

The Grad Team is the official photography company for OSU's 154th Commencement Ceremony. After Commencement, The Grad Team will email each student their commencement photos along with instructions for purchase. You will also be able to view commencement photos on The Grad Team website