COE Commencement Ceremony

This time-honored special ceremony acknowledges the College of Education’s master’s and doctoral degree recipients. Graduates celebrated during this ceremony receive the traditional hood that in academia signifies their school, degree, and field of study. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Friday, June 14th, 2019
3-5 pm

Viking Pavilion
930 SW Hall St
Portland, Oregon 97201

Ceremony will begin at 3pm. Graduates are required to arrive at the Viking Pavilion at 2pm.

Eligibility: All master’s students graduating between Fall 2018 and Fall 2019. Doctoral students who have graduated Summer or Fall 2018, Winter 2019, or have applied to graduate Spring 2019 and have met the following deadlines:

  • April 5, 2019: completed application for graduation
  • May 10, 2019: defended dissertation
  • May 24, 2019: Submitted dissertation to OGS for final approval

Students intending to graduate must still apply to graduate and request their degree through the Graduate School. Please review the Office of the Registrar's Graduation and Commencement instructions and Applying for a Degree. We do not check doctoral hooding registrants with the Graduate School.Important notes:

Please review the important steps and information below regarding the 2019 COE Commencement Ceremony:

1. Register with the COE

Complete the COE Commencement Registration Form online by May 17, 2019.  Once registered, you will receive additional details nearer to the event date. (This is the ONLY form you need to complete to register for the Commencement Ceremony, request to borrow regalia, and request accessibility accommodations.)

2. Order graduation regalia

Participating graduates and faculty are required to wear the full academic regalia: cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Graduates can purchase regalia and other graduation items through PSU’s Herff Jones Online Store. Regalia ordering will begin in March 2019.

  1. Hood color: light blue and dark green
  2. Tassel color (master’s): light blue
  3. Tassel color (doctoral): old gold
    Important note about regalia: we have few regalia items available for graduates to borrow and you can express interest in borrowing regalia on the commencement registration form. The earlier you register the more likely we will be able to lend you regalia.
    If you are concerned you won’t be able to participate in the commencement ceremony due to regalia costs please don’t hesitate to contact us.

3. Preregister for official photographs (optional)

Professional photographers from GradImages will be taking photographs at the ceremony. You can preregister for your photographs online or at the ceremony if you are interested in purchasing professional photographs.

4. Review seating information

The Viking Pavilion has the capacity for all graduates to bring 6 guests; please be considerate of your fellow graduates when inviting guests. The Viking Pavilion has multiple accommodated seating locations. If your guests require accommodated seating, please arrive early to secure seating in one of these locations.

Apply to be a student speaker

Submit your application packet to by 12 pm on Monday, April 19th to be considered.

Questions about the COE Commencement Ceremony should be directed to Erica at or call 503-725-5858.