Questions from Grads Regarding the Commencement Ceremony

Students who graduated or will graduate between Summer 2018 and Summer 2019, and undergrads who will graduate in Fall 2019, are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Only seniors with at least 135 earned and posted credits by the end of Winter 2019 term (graduating in the above mentioned terms) can participate. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in Reser Stadium. Line up begins at 9 a.m. Undergraduates will report to the Memorial Union Quad. Graduates will report to the Valley Library Quad. Procession to Reser begins at 10 a.m. and enters Reser at 10:30 a.m. Guests are able to enter Reser Stadium at 9 a.m.

Because of the number of graduates (approximately 4200) that attend this ceremony, only the names of students receiving their doctorate degree will be read aloud.

Point your browser to and select the appropriate button for your student level; using your ONID credentials, log in to indicate you will attend. Students graduated or planning to graduate between Summer 2018 and Fall 2019 are invited to participate.

The deadline to apply to graduate for Spring term is June 2, 2019. Commencement registration will remain open until June 2, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

Point your browser to and select the appropriate button for your student level; using your ONID credentials, log in to indicate you will not attend.

Baccalaureate degree candidates pending graduation for the upcoming Summer or Fall Terms may participate in Spring Term Commencement prior to the awarding of their degree OR they can opt to attend the commencement the following spring. Masters and doctoral degree candidates completing requirements in summer term may attend Commencement if enrolled for at least 3 credits in the summer term and if they file a diploma application by June 2, 2019.

Students with disabilities who plan to attend Commencement and who may need accommodations should complete the following survey by May 1, 2019.

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.

In late April, the Office of the Registrar will notify you via email of the college you are listed to sit with. If you wish to sit with a different college that is awarding you a degree, you will have one week to reply to the email with your preference. For all other graduates: you must sit with the college in which you are earning your degree. Sorry, no exceptions!

Questions Regarding Regalia

Regalia may be purchased at the OSU Beaver Store. The OSU Beaver Store has pricing information. Announcements may be ordered directly through Jostens’ website,, the OSU Beaver Store website,, or by calling 1-800-854-7464. The Grad Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 23-24 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 for additional information.

You may use your own black Jostens cap and gown, but only if inspected and approved by Registrar's Office to verify that it is the correct design.

Yes, if you have academic honors* based on Winter Term OSU Institutional cumulative GPA & credits: you have 90 credits or 60 upper-division credits at OSU and you are a graduate of the 2018–2019 academic year. Future Summer and Fall graduates are not eligible to wear honor cords in the 2019 Commencement Ceremony. There are no exceptions to this policy. Cum Laude = 3.50+ (Orange cord) Magna Cum Laude = 3.70+ (Gold cord) and Summa Cum Laude = 3.85+ (White cord)

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

Questions Regarding Diplomas

Spring candidates may receive their diplomas at the ceremony. We cannot determine this until preliminary grades are received and the student’s college verifies that all degree requirements have been met up to that point. Summer and Fall 2019 graduates may attend but will not be eligible to receive their diploma at Commencement.

Yes, we will notify you through your OSU email account. Also, you can review your graduation holds! Holds for unresolved Y grades will not prevent the release of your diploma, but all other holds will prevent the release of your diploma.

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.

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 Registrar’s Office 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 Registrar’s Office monitors grades daily looking for preliminary grades; you should see the hold removed by the end of the day.

Only students in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) may be eligible to receive their diploma on Commencement day. To be eligible, the Registrar’s Office must receive as close to final grades as possible from the instructor(s) teaching at the other institution. The instructor’s email must come from their institution email address and be sent to It is the responsibility of the DPP student to notify their instructors to email OSU. Students who are not in the DPP will have to wait until their final transcripts are received from the other institution and degrees are awarded (expected to take place by July 20, 2019) before obtaining their diploma.

The grade must be received by the Registrar’s Office by May 11 for undergraduate students and June 1 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.

Yes. You will receive a letter thanking you for participating in the ceremony in lieu of a diploma.

Diploma size for all graduates is 8.5 x 11 inches.

Spring diplomas that are approved for release at Commencement but not distributed at the ceremony will be available at the Registrar's Office on June 17 beginning at noon. Picture identification must be presented to obtain your diploma at the Registrar's Office.

Diploma distribution is a finely tuned process, if you are late or get out of alphabetical order, you may not receive your diploma at the ceremony.

You need to submit a Diploma Mailing Request/Duplicate Diploma Order which is available on the Registrar’s website under the Forms for Students section. The mailing fee is US$25 (US$40 for international mailing).

The release of your diploma is dependent on many things including preliminary grades, transfer work, etc. Check your graduation holds in MyOSU Portal and OSU email account for notification.

You will be notified by email to pick up your diploma or request it to be mailed around the first week of July. To check the status of your degree verification, check your MyOSU Portal for holds and your OSU email account for specific information.

Frames are available through OSU Beaver Store.

Additional FAQs for Graduates

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 monitor your OSU email account closely for a minimum of one month after the term for which you’ve applied to graduate.

There are various reasons, but the two most common are 1) You have elected  to have your student record confidential, or 2) Your current mailing address is in Corvallis. OSU News and Communications release information to the news media based on current mailing information.

Unfortunately, they are not available prior to the event. Programs are available at the ceremony and can be ordered through the commencement website after the event.

Videos can be watched and downloaded online or contact Academic Technology for more information.

Information for Guests Attending Commencement

Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in Reser Stadium. Gates to Reser Stadium open for guests at 9 a.m.

Student line up begins at 9 a.m. Undergraduates will report to the Memorial Union Quad. Graduates will report to the Valley Library Quad. Procession to Reser begins at 10 a.m. and enters Reser at ~10:30 a.m.

Some are in the sun while others are in the shade. Guests may want to consider bringing sunscreen and visors or hats for sun protection.

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

Tickets are NOT needed to attend the ceremony.

No, seating CANNOT be reserved.

A number of special services are made available to accommodate those guests with hearing impairments, mobility problems, special seating and parking needs. You are encouraged to complete this survey to obtain information about accommodations or check for details. Guests who are sensitive to climatic conditions or who would be more comfortable in auditorium seating may view the televised ceremony from the Stadium Club located on the third level of Reser Stadium.

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.