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Graduation - Steps to Graduation

1. Meet with an Advisor

Students may use the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) at any time to check their progress toward a degree and are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to discuss the report and plot a course for clearing up any outstanding course work issues.

2. Plan to take your final classes

Run another DARS report after registering for your final term to confirm that all requirements are in progress.

3. Attend to any outstanding grade issues

All course work should be completed and final grades recorded to ensure smooth processing of your degree application. If you have any “Incomplete” grades, please review the “I to F” policy.

4. Submit Degree Application

Any student seeking a degree from PSU must apply for the degree. Undergraduate degree application forms are due two terms prior to the anticipated graduation date. Graduate degree application forms are due one term prior to graduation. See Applying for a Degree for specific dates and further information.

5. Register for Commencement*

Visit the Commencement web site to register to attend a commencement ceremony. The registration process includes specifying the name on your diploma and ordering tickets for the spring ceremony. Online registration for Spring Commencement begins in January. The Commencement site also provides details about ceremony dates, times, and locations, as well as contact information for those with further questions. Note: If you have recently submitted a degree application to the Office of Degree Requirements or Graduate Studies, you may need to wait up to four weeks for your application to be processed before you will be able to complete the online commencement registration process. If you have difficulties, please contact the Coordinator of Commencement at

6. Order Cap, Gown, Announcements, Class Ring*

Representatives from Oak Hall visit campus to provide students with the opportunity to order regalia (cap and gown), graduation announcements, and class rings. Information on ordering Regalia can be found on the Commencement site.

7. Prepare for life after PSU

Visit Advising & Career Services for assistance with job search strategies and information about upcoming career fairs.

* Students who do not wish to participate in a commencement ceremony may skip steps 5 and 6.

For more Information Please Visit PSU Degree Requirement Website:


Graduate School

Choose a Graduate School

Thiking about going to Graduate School? Here are a few website that can help you find out more information about other schools.

US News Best Graduate Schools:

Graduate School USA:

Idealist Grad Fair travel over the contry:

PSU Office of Grduate Studies:

Order Your Degree Transcript

Don't forget to order your OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT.

Find out how to order your office transcript here:

Apply to Graduate School

Here are few articles and website that can help get a head start!

US News has a list of great articles that help learn about all the steps:

The Princeton Review:

Talk to a school Representative at One of the Idealist Fair:

Apply to Graduate School at PSU:


Bon Voyage!

We are sad that you are moving away from Portland, but we want to make sure you have a wonderful trip to whatever destination you choose. Here are a few things that might help you on the way:

Connect with Other PSU Alumni

Find out about the alumni connection you have World Wide! Join a PSU Alumni Network right now and find other alum at the city/country you are moving to:

Moving Away

Here is a great article for people moving away after college:

Not sure where to go yet? No worries, here is a article that can help you decied:

Looking for a moving service? Here is a start:


Great tip for people to start thinking about moving out of home after college:

Finding a Place to Live After Graduation:

Here is a great blog post talking about how to find affordable housing after graduation:

Thinking about moving to New York? This is for you:


Start Paying for Your Student Loan

Don't wait! Start mapping out your payment plan right now!

Here is a great article to start with:

Now, on to the managing your payment part:

Manage Your Future:

You Can Deal with It:


Life After Graduation

Here are two website that can help start your life after graduation: