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Congratulations Class of 2016

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Introducing the next wave of innovators

Nearly 5,800 students are graduating from Portland State this spring, and the world will be a better place for it. Most will stay in the Portland region, joining the 99,665 alumni who live, work and raise families here. They will become the next generation of Intel engineers, Nike designers, OHSU physicians and nurses, metro-area teachers, and small business entrepreneurs. PSU works hard to ensure our grads are ready for the global economy. It’s one of the reasons why U.S. News & World Report ranks us among an elite list of the 20 most innovative universities in the nation. Congratulations, graduates! Let your knowledge serve.

Wim Wiewel
President, Portland State University

Coming to a job near you

Gabe Alvarez
Baking better bread with an MBA

The University's top-ranked, part-time MBA program has allowed Gabe Alvarez to earn his degree while working at the family bakery. Gabriel’s Bakery sells artisan bread, bagels and pastries to every major grocery store in the Portland area. From his first accounting class, Alvarez applied what he learned to improve the business.

Chelsea Oostman
Putting her compassion to work

Chelsea Oostman knew she wanted to find a way to help people in her senior capstone project. The soon-to-be speech and hearing science graduate, spent last summer as a counselor at the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp assisting campers with disabilities. Some lucky employer will benefit from the patience, planning and communication skills she acquired.

Cori Bianchini
Her next goal: a master's degree

Big Sky All-Star Cori Bianchini spent four years pushing forward and going for the goal on the Vikings soccer team. Soon, the Hillsboro native and health studies graduate will go for a personal best by pursuing a master's in nursing. PSU's pre-nursing program prepared her for an accelerated, 11-month master's program starting in the fall. 

Jayme Causey
Teaching where he's needed

Jayme Causey ’14 understands the students at Beaumont Middle School where he student-teaches. It was his neighborhood school growing up. Causey, who has a passion for teaching, is earning a master's in education this June. Newly hired by Portland Public Schools, he hopes to continue teaching in northeast Portland. 

Class of 2016 Facts






(African American, Native Americans, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Multi-Ethnic)

Psychology, Health Studies, Social Work, Social Science

Diane Tsurkan, 19, Psychology

Roger Hatefi, 80, Art Practices