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For Graduates

UPDATES (as of 5/19/2016) 

Orders not picked up at Grad Fair will be available at the Spirit Store on the first floor of Smith Memorial Student Union until Friday, June 10th. Please bring your ID. After June 10th, you may pick up your pre-paid items at the Exhibition Hall (graduate line-up) on the day of Commencement on Sunday, June 12th.


Students who do not have regalia (ordered/purchased), can purchase their items at the Spirit Store on the first floor of Smith Memorial Student Union until Friday, June 10th. After June 10th, you may purchase items at the Exhibition Hall (graduate line-up) on the day of Commencement on Sunday, June 12th.


Eligible students who did not pick up their latin honor cords at Grad Fair, may pick up their cord at Commencement on Sunday, June 12th. Please bring your ID.

Congratulations Class of 2016! 

Graduates please review our 2016 Commencement Day-Of Instructions to help familiarize with what to expect on the big day. Please read through the instructions and if you have any additional questions, please email

Information about regalia and grad items can be found on our Regalia section.

Information about latin honors and eligibility can be found on our Latin Honors section.


2016 Honorary Degree Receipients 

Paul De Muniz and Jeffrey Sachs will receive honorary degrees and speak at the University's commencement ceremonies Sunday, June 12, at the Rose Quarter Moda Center.

De Muniz, a sociology alumnus and former Oregon chief justice, will speak at the 10 a.m. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony.

Sachs, director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, will speak at the 3:30 p.m. Professional Schools ceremony.


    100 Day Countdown till Graduation Celebration

    The PSU Alumni Association wants to celebrate YOU! Graduation is just around the corner and we want to get everyone excited for their last 100 days as a student before they become an alumni. Check out our countdown banner outside the eastside of the Simon Benson House. 

    Make sure to follow the Portland State University Alumni Association on Twitter and Facebook for countdown updates and fun! To check out more details, visit the 100 Day Countdown page.


    PSU Grad Cap Contest

    Portland State University will graduate more than 6,000 students on June 12 in two ceremonies at the Moda Center. Want to stand out in the crowd? Decorate your mortarboard (graduation cap) and enter it for a chance to win cool prizes... learn how to enter and win!


    Tickets for the Ceremony

    Tickets will be available through our online ticket portal on Sunday, May 1 and in-person on Monday, May 2 at the PSU Box Office. Each graduate is allotted four free tickets (graduates do not need a ticket for themselves).

    Additional tickets will be $8.50 and there is no limit. The Moda Center has ample seating and we do not anticipate running out of seats. For more ticket information, please visit our Tickets section in the Frequently Asked Questions.


    Accomodations during Commencement for Students and Guests

    Please view our Frequently Asked Question's document for People with Disabilities.

    Further information regarding requests for accommodations for a disability may be requested by contacting the commencement office at We strive to make commencement as inclusive and accessible as possible for our graduates and their guests.


    Additional Hooding Ceremonies and Gradutation Celebrations

    Many departments and programs hold their own events to celebrate their students and/or their communities. For a list of additional graduation ceremonies and celebrations, please visit our 2016 PSU Celebrations and Hooding Ceremonies document. Please note that these events do not replace the University-Wide Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 12, 2016.


    Graduation Sustainability Pledge

    Take the Sustainability Pledge

    Over the past few years, PSU has been working to create a more sustainable graduation ceremony to celebrate our students’ achievements. In 2010, PSU began participating in the Graduation Sustainability Pledge for social and environmental responsibility through the national Graduation Pledge Alliance.

    Before or at the ceremony, graduates have the opportunity to sign their name to the following statement: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."


    Have Questions?

    Check out the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at We will respond in 3 to 5 business days to all inquiries to our office. If you require immediate assistance, please call the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs front desk at 503-725-5249.