At its 16th Commencement on Saturday, June 17, Oregon State University - Cascades will honor the first class to graduate from the newly opened campus in Bend. The class of 334 students is the second largest graduating class in OSU-Cascades' 16-year history.
Campus officials anticipate that more than 2,000 family and friends of graduates will attend the ceremonies at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend. Nearly 275 students plan to participate in the ceremonies.
In total, OSU-Cascades will have awarded more than 3,400 degrees since it was established in 2001.
The commencement event will begin at 12:00 p.m. OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson will preside over the ceremonies.
Chris Van Dyke, a former Oregon district attorney and former Nike global brand management executive, will provide the commencement address. Van Dyke has more than 30 years of experience building and leading teams in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He began his career as an attorney, eventually serving as district attorney for Marion County in Oregon before joining Nike, initially as corporate counsel. His experience at Nike launched a more than 20-year career in outdoor product branding and marketing.
In addition to Johnson and Van Dyke, members of the platform party include Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for academic affairs at OSU who will represent OSU Provost Ed Feser; Oran Teater, chair of the OSU-Cascades Advocacy and Advisory Board; Julie Gess-Newsome, dean of academic affairs at OSU-Cascades; and members of the faculty.
During the commencement event, Johnson will present the OSU-Cascades Distinguished Service Award, an award created to honor individuals, businesses or organizations that have made exceptional contributions to OSU-Cascades, Central Oregon, the State of Oregon or the world.
She will present the award to Rod Ray, former chief executive and president of Bend Research, Inc. Ray is also a member of the OSU-Cascades Advocacy and Advisory Board.
The commencement ceremony will include a presentation by OSU-Cascades candidate for graduation, Kayla Weaver, a single mother and American studies major from Madras, Ore. Student body president Molly Svendsen, a biology major, will also present to the graduation class.
Some facts and figures about OSU-Cascades’ Class of 2017:
OSU-Cascades’ graduating seniors are securing employment or graduate school admittance in their fields, particularly graduates of the engineering systems engineering and computer science degrees:
Each OSU-Cascades student has a compelling story, including:
To learn more about the OSU-Cascades Commencement Ceremony, visit http://www.osucascades.edu/commencement.
About OSU-Cascades: About OSU-Cascades: Located in Bend, Ore., Oregon State University’s branch campus features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Eighteen undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, exercise and sport science, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership. The branch campus expanded to a four-year university in fall 2015 and opened its new campus in fall 2017.