Summer Commencement 2011
Welcome to Portland State's biggest summer commencement yet. About 800 graduates and thousands of their fans will fill the Park Blocks on Saturday, Aug. 13 for the outdoor ceremony, steps away from the busy Portland Farmers Market.
WHEN: Show up at Hoffman Hall by 9:30 a.m. to soak it in. Running late? Lines for the procession will form at 10:30 a.m., move outside at 10:45 a.m. and enter the Park Blocks at 11 a.m. sharp.
WHERE: Graduates assemble at Hoffman Hall. The ceremony is in the Park Blocks outside of Smith Memorial Student Union.
WEAR: The ceremony is traditional, but less formal than the June commencement. Most students wear caps and gowns, but they are optional for all but doctoral degree recipients.
GET THERE: Parking is limited. Take public transportation or ride a bike, if you can. Here's a campus map.
GUESTS: No tickets are needed, but arrive early for a seat or bring your own. Two indoor, air-conditioned options are available in Smith Memorial Student Union: a live video and audio feed in the ballroom and an audio feed with a view of the ceremony through the second-floor west windows.
Rabbi Joshua Stampfer is emeritus rabbi of Congregation Neveh Shalom and founder of numerous Jewish institutions in the Pacific Northwest. His leadership helped create the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU in 2002.
Peter W. Stott is a prominent business and community leader who has had a profound impact on the Portland region through his business enterprises and as a philanthropist. Mr. Stott has been a long-time friend and supporter of the University.
Congratulations, you're a graduate—and automatically a member of the PSU Alumni Association, an excellent source for networking, discounts and staying connected.