OSU-Cascades Commencement

Including the Class of 2018, more than 3,800 students will have graduated from OSU-Cascades since it was established in 2001.

Jun 11, 2018

At its 17th Commencement on Sunday, June 17, Oregon State University - Cascades will honor the second largest graduating class in its 17-year history, a class of 368 students. One third of the undergraduates – 91 students – will be the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree. 

Campus officials anticipate that more than 2,500 family and friends of graduates will attend the ceremonies at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend.  Nearly 290 students plan to participate in the ceremonies.

Including the Class of 2018, more than 3,800 students will have graduated from OSU-Cascades since it was established in 2001.

The commencement event will begin at 12 p.m.  OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson will preside over the ceremonies. 

Preston Callicott, chief executive officer of Bend-based Five Talent Software will deliver the commencement address. He is the son of an American father and a Colombian mother, and the first on his paternal side to earn a college degree. Callicott has devoted a nearly 40-year career to the technology industry and served in volunteer leadership roles for organizations including Bend 2030, Bend Economic Development Advisory Board, Looking Forward, Opportunity Knocks and OSU-Cascades.

In addition to Johnson and Callicott, members of the platform party include Kirk Schueler, representing the OSU Board of Trustees; 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, Teater will present the OSU-Cascades Distinguished Service 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.

He will present the award to his wife, Jane Evey Teater. Mrs. Teater is a former educator and community leader, whose dedication to K-12 and higher education has made an enormous impact in Central Oregon.

The commencement ceremony will include remarks by OSU-Cascades candidate for graduation, Marika Yuma, a student originally from Finland who will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching.  Student body president Jordyn Langeliers, a business major, will also present to the graduating class.

Some facts and figures about the OSU-Cascades Class of 2018:

  • Of the 368 graduates, bachelor’s degrees will be awarded to 278 students.  Two undergraduates are dual majors, and will receive two degrees. Master’s degrees will be awarded to 90
  • 72 percent of the graduates are from Central Oregon.  In addition, 24 of Oregon’s 36 counties are represented.  Graduates represent 10 other U.S. states and one other country, Indonesia 
  • Five percent of the graduating class are veterans of U.S. military service
  • The average age of the graduating class is 30; the oldest is 62 and the youngest is 20
  • The hospitality management program, which launched in 2015, will graduate its first students, a cohort of four candidates for graduation
  • The computer science program, which launched in 2013, graduates its third class this year.  Each of this year’s graduating students, a cohort of seven, has been offered a job or accepted a position in the technology field, most at companies located in Bend.
  • Two candidates for graduation were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. About 10 percent of each university’s arts and sciences graduates are invited to join each year
  • Seven candidates for graduation were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, a scholastic honor society. Inductees are seniors who are nominated by faculty and graduate students who show special ability and are in the top 10 percent of their respective classes

To learn more about the OSU-Cascades Commencement Ceremony, visit http://www.osucascades.edu/commencement

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.