Information and deadlines for graduate students participating in Oregon State's commencement ceremony.

The information on this page is for participating in commencement only. For complete deadlines on finishing your degree, please refer the page corresponding to your degree on the Current Students page.

Students who graduated, or will graduate, between summer 2023 and summer 2024 can attend commencement.

The Corvallis ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Visit the OSU commencement website.

The OSU-Cascades ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Visit the OSU-Cascades commencement website.

In addition to the university commencement ceremonies, many colleges and departments offer their own ceremonies. Check with your graduate program for information.

Deadlines for spring completing students

Commencement ceremony participation deadlines

  • April 2, 2024

    File a diploma application by logging in to Beaver Hub and searching for "Graduate Students Apply to Graduate". Follow the link to apply to graduate.

    All students graduating spring term must file a diploma application regardless of whether they will attend commencement or not.

  • May 15, 2024

    Confirm your commencement attendance by logging in to Beaver Hub and searching for “Graduate Students-Commencement Attendance Confirmation”. Follow the link to confirm you will attend commencement.

  • May 15, 2024

    For Doctoral Students Only: Please email your major professor(s) names, or other designated faculty member who will serve as your escort to the Graduate School, no later than May 15, 2024.

    Email Graduate School

    Also, to ensure your name is called correctly at commencement, please call the Graduate School (541-737-0538) and leave a message with the following information:

    • Your OSU student ID Number
    • Pronounce your full name as you indicated on your diploma application. Please speak slowly and clearly, and make sure to enunciate.
    • Leave a phone number, including the area code, where you can be reached in case we have questions. You will only be contacted if we need further clarification on the pronunciation.

 

Recommended degree deadlines to receive your diploma at the commencement ceremony

  • May 10, 2024

    Thesis and dissertation students: successfully complete final exam. Schedule two weeks prior with the Graduate School using the exam scheduling form.

    Schedule exam

  • May 31, 2024

    Upload final copy of Thesis/Dissertation to ScholarsArchive and submit additional documents to Graduate School

    ScholarsArchive

  • May 31, 2024

    Non-thesis students: successfully complete final exam. Schedule two weeks prior with the Graduate School using the exam scheduling form.

    Schedule exam

  • June 7, 2024

    All remaining degree requirements must be completed, including:

    • Your professor(s) must clear any Incomplete grades.
    • Your GCR/major professor must submit your final exam results to the Graduate School.
    • You must upload any final revisions to your thesis/dissertation.

    If you complete all degree requirements by June 14, 2024, you will be eligible for a spring diploma, but you may not receive it at commencement. You can arrange with the Registrar's office to have it mailed.

 

Deadlines for summer completing students attending commencement

Students must be enrolled for at least 3 credits in summer term and complete all degree requirements by September 6, 2024.

  • April 2, 2024

    File a diploma application by logging in to Beaver Hub and searching for "Graduate Students Apply to Graduate". Follow the link to apply to graduate.

  • May 15, 2024
    1. Confirm your commencement attendance by logging in to Beaver Hub and searching for “Graduate Students-Commencement Attendance Confirmation”. Follow the link to confirm you will attend commencement.
    2. Submit the summer completing commencement form to the Graduate School.
  • May 15, 2024

    For Doctoral Students Only: Please email your major professor(s) names, or other designated faculty member who will serve as your escort to the Graduate School, no later than May 15, 2024.

    Email Graduate School

    Also, to ensure your name is called correctly at commencement, please call the Graduate School (541-737-0538) and leave a message with the following information:

    • Your OSU student ID Number
    • Pronounce your full name as you indicated on your diploma application. Please speak slowly and clearly, and make sure to enunciate.
    • Leave a phone number, including the area code, where you can be reached in case we have questions. You will only be contacted if we need further clarification on the pronunciation.

 

Regalia

Students can purchase regalia, and faculty can rent regalia, from the OSU Beaver Store.  There will be a Grad Fair at the Beaver Store Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Student can email [email protected] or call 800-595-0357 for details. Faculty can email [email protected] for any questions. If you are unable to attend the Grad Fair, contact the OSU Beaver Store for information on how to obtain your regalia.

 

FAQ

For more commencement information go to the Registrar’s commencement page.

Why are the Commencement deadlines for the final exam so early?

The early deadlines are necessary to prepare for Commencement planning, and to ensure you receive your diploma at the Graduation Ceremony. The Registrar’s Office will only be printing diplomas for students who have RSVP to attend the ceremony. If you will not be attending, your diploma will be mailed to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the last day of the term.

Is there any flexibility in the deadlines?

The deadline for Applying for Graduation (diploma app) and Confirming Attendance are for the marching order list, so it’s important to meet these deadlines. It’s better to say you’re attending than to try and add you in later even if you’re not sure. The final exam date and completing all degree requirements, including uploading the final copy of your thesis, can be flexible. It’s important to communicate with the Graduate School, by emailing [email protected]. If your final exam is scheduled very late in the term, especially if it’s a thesis exam, it’s possible you may not receive your diploma at the ceremony.

Can I have my final exam on finals week and still attend Commencement?

Yes, but if it’s a thesis exam and the final thesis is not uploaded to ScholarsArchive by June 14, 2024 you will not receive a spring diploma. A Master’s non-thesis final exam completed on finals week by June 14, 2024, will receive a spring diploma, but most likely not receive it at the commencement ceremony. If you do not receive your diploma at the commencement ceremony, you can arrange with the Registrar's Office to have it mailed to you.

What if I have to cancel my final exam at the last minute but my parents already have made travel arrangements, can I still attend?

Yes, if you plan on completing your degree summer term, be sure to complete the summer completing commencement form, get signatures and submit it to the Graduate School by the deadline.

Why do I have to fill out the form if completing summer term and attending Commencement?

Many times, students think they are close to completing all degree requirements, but the major professor might not agree. The signatures and approximate exam date confirms a summer diploma.

What if my professor won’t sign the form?

You would not be able to attend the Commencement Ceremony. You are welcome to attend next year.

Once the deadlines have passed and I decide I want to attend Commencement can I still participate?

Possibly. Please email [email protected] to work out the details. Make sure you apply for graduation and confirm your commencement attendance in Beaver Hub.

How do I register for Commencement?

Confirm your commencement attendance by logging in to Beaver Hub and searching for “Graduate Students-Commencement Attendance Confirmation”. Follow the link to confirm you will attend commencement.

Am I eligible to receive my diploma at Commencement?

Yes, if you complete all degree requirements including submitting the final thesis/dissertation to ScholarsArchive by the deadlines.  If you have an exception to complete your requirements at a later date within or by the last day of the term, you may receive a blank diploma case.  If so, you can arrange with the Registrar's Office to have it mailed to you.

Can I wear an honor cord?

All grad students are considered honor students, so honor cords are not worn.

Whom should I speak with if I require an accommodation ?

For accomodations, please respond to this survey by 11:59 p.m. on June 5. After June 5, contact Mike Jefferis directly for assistance.