Spring 2021 Commencement

At this time of year we think about commencement, and as you can imagine, organizing this celebration in the midst of a public health crisis offers much for us to think about. We have come to the difficult decision to once again hold virtual commencement ceremonies.

In making this decision we considered feedback from student government leaders. The unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has led us to the conclusion that a virtual ceremony is the best option to keep our community safe. While more people are being vaccinated every day, state and local health officials have given no indication that they will be changing prohibitions on large, in-person gatherings. We hope that making this announcement now will allow the family and friends of graduating students to make plans.

I am deeply disappointed we will not be able to celebrate your exceptional achievement together, in person. I commit to doing all we can to honor your accomplishments. We know it is important to have some keepsakes that mark graduation. We are working to arrange safe, on-campus opportunities for graduates to take photographs in regalia in the week(s) leading up to the June 13 celebration. We are also working on additional plans to recognize student achievements and create ceremonies that center student voices.

Spring 2020 Graduates

We have made arrangements to photograph Spring 2020 graduates on campus in their regalia. More details>>

Commencement Ceremony

The Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 13. More details about the program and will be shared in the coming weeks and months. Regalia is not required for the virtual ceremony, however, you can purchase it online. 

Latin honor cord recipients will be contacted individually, and will receive their designated cords in the mail. 

How to Participate

Graduates who wish to participate in this year's commencement activities must apply for your degree, marking "yes" to listed commencement questions in Banweb by April 30 for your name to be printed in the commencement program.


Graduate photographs will be available in June on the PSU Campus. We will email all eligible students with details about graduate photographs. All communications to your @pdx.edu email address.

  • Do not arrive early for your photograph appointment.
  • Masks are required until your photos are taken, you will be allowed to remove your mask for photos.
  • Guests are not permitted to join graduates in the photos. Only the graduate may attend.
  • Students are invited to wear regalia for their photos, but must bring their own or purchase it prior to getting photographs.

Past Ceremonies