Celebrate Our Class of 2019!

Commencement Ceremonies

At the PSU Commencement ceremonies, degrees are conferred and all candidates are called by name, walk the stage, shake hands with college administration, and have their photo taken. Graduates wear their regalia at this event and will receive a diploma cover at the ceremony (official printed diplomas are mailed to students after the ceremony). Graduates can invite family and friends, but must procure tickets.

Graduates and their guests are expected to remain for the duration of the ceremony, please plan accordingly.

Graduating students must participate in the ceremony date and time assigned based on their school/college:

Students with more than one major can only participate in one university commencement ceremony. Students are welcomed to attend other graduation celebration and events as desired. 

There is no rehearsal for commencement due to the number of individuals walking. Faculty marshals and commencement volunteers assist with all aspects of the ceremony.

2019 Moda Center Commencement Instructions                                      

The Commencement Ceremony lasts two and one-half hours from the time the graduates enter the Moda Center Arena until the recessional. Out of respect to other graduates and guests, graduates are required to remain in the Moda Center Arena until the recessional. Graduates are required to wear academic regalia in the Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Important Times 

Morning Ceremony 
College of the Arts, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Public Health, School of Social Work, College of Urban and Public Affairs

  • 8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m. Graduating Students Arrival Time in Memorial Coliseum Exhibition Hall. Graduates must arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. Lines begin forming promptly at 9:30 a.m. 
  • 9:30 a.m. Student Line up and Procession 
  • 10:00 a.m. Ceremony Begins 
  • 12:30 p.m. Estimated Recess of Commencement, Graduates will recess together to the Commons and will meet family and guests outside the North Entrance to the Moda Center Arena. 

Afternoon Ceremony
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 

  • 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Graduating Students Arrival Time in Memorial Coliseum Exhibition Hall. Graduates must arrive no later than 2:45 p.m. Lines begin forming promptly at 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. Student Line up and Procession 
  • 3:30 p.m. Ceremony Begins 
  • 6:00 p.m. Estimated Recess of Commencement, Graduates will recess together to the Commons and will meet family and guests outside the North Entrance to the Moda Center Arena.

Plan Your Trip

Directions and important locations around the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter can be found here

Transportation and Parking 

Traffic around the Rose Quarter on commencement day can get congested, all guests and graduates are encouraged to take advantage of Tri-Met public transportation or find an alternate mode of transportation to the event. Guests and graduates are encouraged to allow extra travel time in order to arrive at the arena on time. Parking near the Rose Quarter on Sunday will range from $8.00 to $15.00 per car. More information about parking at the Rose Quarter can be found on their website

Parking information for Portland State University, including directions to campus can be found on the PSU Transportation & Parking website

Moda Center Restrictions and Security

Please notify your guests and plan accordingly. You and your guests’ understanding and cooperation are vital to the success of the day’s activities.

  • Alcohol is not permitted in the Moda Center Arena. No one carrying alcoholic beverages will be allowed to enter. 
  • The Moda Center Arena is a non-smoking facility. 
  • Helium balloons are not permitted. If guests bring helium balloons, they will be asked to leave them outside the exterior doors. 
  • Based on enhanced security procedures, Moda Guest Services staff will conduct full bag checks and metal detector scans on everyone entering the Moda Center. 
  • No bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” are wed inside the facility.


Tickets may be purchased online, at the PSU Box Office or at the North Entrance of the Moda Center on the day of commencement. Look for directional fliers and volunteers in PSU shirts and green lanyards for questions and directions on the day of commencement. The volunteers in PSU shirts are Portland State staff who are there to celebrate.


Graduates with concerns regarding access to the Commencement Ceremonies should contact the Commencement Office

  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available during the ceremony for graduates and their guests, and in the Exhibition Hall during assembly. The ceremony audio is subtitled and streaming captions will be available on mobile devices. Contact the Commencement Office to request an ASL interpreter at the ceremony. 
  • ADA Accommodations


This is an event to honor your accomplishments. Family, friends, colleagues, faculty, and staff will be present to applaud your hard work. Out of respect to other graduates and guests, graduates must remain seated in the Moda Center Arena until the recessional. All participants will be expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner. You and your guests’ understanding and cooperation are vital to the success of the day’s activities. 

  • Family members and friends who wish to take photographs of portions of the ceremony are requested to remain in their seats and are not permitted to stand in the aisles.
  • Access to the arena floor for pictures during the ceremony is not permitted. Guests should refrain from interfering with the view of others.


The Exhibit Hall is located on the lower level of the Rose Quarter Commons near the Memorial Fountain. There will be signs to direct you to the proper area as well as volunteers to answer questions. If at all possible, please leave purses and valuables with family or friends, as there will be no secured area in which to leave them during the ceremony. 


Reader cards will be available in the assembly area where students line up at commencement. Only those graduates who attend will have their names read. Students will fill out a reader card in the assembly hall on the day of commencement. 

  • Do not fold, bend, mutilate, or otherwise maul your reader card. Damaged cards make it difficult for readers to pronounce the names. 
  • If you are using a name different from the one used at school, please indicate both names on the reader card. 
  • Please complete the address section on the reader card to aid the photographer in identifying you. 


Diplomas are not distributed at commencement. However, students will receive a diploma cover. When students complete their degrees at Portland State University, the degree information is displayed on their transcripts as soon as the graduation certification process is complete, normally 6-8 weeks after final grades are posted. Diplomas will be mailed to the U.S. address provide on students’ degree applications. If students would like the diploma to be mailed to an international address, additional postage costs are required and must be covered by the student. Students will be contacted with postage information if this option is chosen. Contact Degree Requirements for questions about diplomas.


Students should arrive at the ceremony in their regalia. More information about regalia is here.

  • Undergraduates: Upon entering the Moda Center Arena, the tassel on the cap should hang on the right side. After the conferring of all degrees, students will be directed to switch tassels to the left side. 
  • Master’s recipients: Master’s degree recipients wear their hoods throughout the ceremony. 
  • Doctoral recipients: Doctoral degree recipients are to carry their hoods. Doctoral recipients will be hooded by their adviser during the ceremony. Doctoral recipients are encouraged to purchase regalia in advance, however, there will be a vendor on site, additional fees will apply. 

Regalia is available for purchase in the Assembly Area where graduates line up. Cash only. Stock is is limited and may run out. We recommend ordering in advance of the ceremony.


Photographs of all graduates will be taken as they cross the stage. A free proof will be sent to each graduate’s home within two weeks of the ceremony. Individuals may purchase prints from the photographer, there is no obligation to order additional photographs.


To make this event successful, we need your help... please sign up to staff Commencement! We have different dates and roles available to fit every schedule. We would love your help! Please contact us to volunteer.


2019 Commencement Ceremonies List                                     

Date School/College Location Time Additional Information

Friday, June 14, 2019

College of Education Viking Pavilion 3-5pm

COE Commencement Website

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The School of Business

Viking Pavilion TBA

SB Commencement Website

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Professional Schools & Colleges** Moda Center 10am-12:30pm

PSU Commencement Website

Sunday, June 16, 2019

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Moda Center 3:30pm-6pm

PSU Commencement Website

*Professional Schools & Colleges include: College of The Arts, College of Urban & Public Affairs, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science, and School of Social Work


Faculty Information

Quick Links

Review the Commencement Schedule

Coming soon.

Day-Of Instructions for Faculty at the Moda Center ceremonies

Instructions have been sent to personal emails of all faculty who have RSVP'd for the ceremony.


RSVP/Faculty Registration for the Moda Center Ceremonies


Are you a faculty member in the following schools/colleges?

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • College of The Arts
  • College of Urban & Public Affairs
  • OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • School of Social Work

To make sure you are up to date with all the information, RSVP for the Moda Center ceremonies using Portland State's 2018 Commencement Faculty RSVP form - RSVP FORM IS NOW CLOSED!

Graduate School of Education and School of Business Faculty

Please connect with your respective schools for more information about faculty marshals, faculty instructions, RSVP, etc.

Graduate School of Education

School of Business


For any other questions, please contact us at commencement@pdx.edu.  

The Commencement office will not respond to email after Wednesday, June 12. The office is closed Friday, June 14 to Friday, June 21.