Celebrating class of 2020

PSU Grads challenge what is with what could be

Portland State UnIversity’s 6,000 graduates are stepping into a world that needs them now more than ever. We need their resilience. Their drive. And their new ideas in action.

Because they know change isn’t a maybe. It’s a must. And they are making it happen. We could not be prouder of what they’ve accomplished, and we can’t wait to see they’ll do next. 

Congratulations, PSU class of 2020!

Featured Grads


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Finding success in community

The path to success for accounting student Connor Garrett falls outside tradition. After his second time at PSU, Garrett secured a job at one of the world’s top accounting firms. But he’ll tell you anyone can find success like he did. The fact that he’s legally blind doesn’t factor in.

Michelle and Mariah Harris

Like mother, like daughter

Mother and daughter Michelle and Mariah Harris share a lot already, including a middle name (“Lee”), their initials, an apartment and a love of vegan cake. And now they’re about to share something momentous: their college graduation from Portland State University.

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Uplifting underserved communities

Norzom Lala is no stranger to adversity. Originally from Tibet, Lala sought political asylum in the U.S. at age 17. Now she’s graduating with her master’s degree in social work and hopes to leverage her learning to create a program that helps Tibetan and underserved communities.

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Planning a safer future

Civil engineering student Polina Polikakhina moved to the U.S. from Russia in 2012. She attributes her experience in both countries to her fascination with transportation. Surviving a bicycle crash as a freshman also inspires her future as she prepares for a career in transportation planning and safety.