Ceremony Instructions

Please read prior to your arrival to the ceremony.

Check-In

Check-in at 8:30 a.m. at Les Schwab Amphitheater. Have your regalia on or with you. Look for the check-in area at the back of the amphitheater near the footbridge to the Old Mill. When you check-in, you will be given an index card with your line location/seat. Hold on to this card — it is important that you use it to make sure you are lined up in the right order. Graduates are seated by college/major. Once you’ve checked-in, you are free to meet friends and family, take pictures, etc. Please be fully dressed in your regalia and in line by 9:30 a.m. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Faculty readers will start checking the line order at 9:35 a.m.

Important Note: There is no secure place to leave personal items at the check in area. You will need to either carry items with you to the ceremony or give them to family before we line up.

Pronunciation and Name Announcement

If your name is challenging, ask us to direct you to the reader for your College when you check in so you can make sure your name is announced correctly. However, do stay in the seating order on your card because that is where your diploma expects you to be!

Tassels

Tassels go on your right side. You will flip them to the left as a group during the ceremony after the awarding of the degrees.

Line–Up and Processional

You will see placards for the programs. Use your check-in card to find your place in line at 9:30 a.m. Family and friends should leave the area at this time and make their way to the amphitheater. Starting at 9:35 a.m., the faculty designate for your program will read the line lists to make sure everyone is in order. Because of OSU’s tradition of awarding diplomas at commencement, it is very important that you are in correct order.

At 10 a.m. sharp, the honor guard will lead the two lines of dignitaries, faculty, and then graduates toward the amphitheater. Once the faculty passes the dignitaries, the faculty will stop on either side of the sidewalk and allow the graduates to proceed between the dignitaries and faculty to the seating area. Ushers will be on hand to guide you into your seat — keep your check-in card handy for assistance. The dignitaries will then proceed to the stage following the graduates and faculty will proceed to their seats following the dignitaries.

Conferring of Degrees and Awarding of Diplomas

Diplomas will be awarded to graduate students first and then undergraduates.

All candidates for master's degrees will be asked to stand. Dr. Johnson will confer the degrees. Please remain standing and ushers will escort you from the seating area to the right hand side of the stage to form a line to the right of the seating area. Please watch for usher instructions and do not block the front of the stage.

When signaled to do so by an usher, walk across the stage to Dr. Becky Johnson (standing in front of the table of diplomas). Dr. Johnson will present your diploma case and shake hands. You will then continue across the stage and be presented with a rose. Then exit the stage by the steps or ramp at the far left of the stage. Ushers will be on hand to guide you. There will be a GradImages photographer at the bottom of the stairs to take your picture. Please return to your seat after your picture.

When all the master's diplomas have been distributed, the undergraduates will be asked to stand. Dr. Johnson will confer the degrees. The awarding of the diplomas will be done in two groups. Dr. Johnson will ask the undergraduates to her right to be seated. Undergraduates to her left will then be escorted by the ushers from the seating area to the right hand side of the stage to form a line to the right of the seating area. Please watch for usher instructions and do not block the front of the stage. 

When signaled to do so by an usher, walk across the stage to Dr. Becky Johnson (standing in front of the table of diplomas). Dr. Johnson will present your diploma case and shake hands. You will then continue across the stage and be presented with a rose. Then exit the stage by the steps or ramp at the far left of the stage. Ushers will be on hand to guide you. There will be a GradImages photographer at the bottom of the stairs to take your picture. Please return to your seat after your picture.

After the first group of undergraduates has been awarded their diplomas, Dr. Johnson will ask the second group to her right to stand. Again, the undergraduates will be escorted by ushers from the seating area to the right hand side of the stage to form a line. When signaled to do so by an usher, walk across the stage to Dr. Becky Johnson (standing in front of the table of diplomas). Dr. Johnson will present your diploma case and shake hands. You will then continue across the stage and be presented with a rose. Then exit the stage by the steps or ramp at the far left of the stage.  Ushers will be on hand to guide you. There will be a GradImages photographer at the bottom of the stairs to take your picture. Please return to your seat after your picture.

Recessional

At the end of the ceremony, the dignitaries will leave the stage, followed by the faculty. The graduates will follow the faculty starting with the front row. Ushers will signal you at the appropriate time. Please keep moving out of the seating area so students behind you are able to exit.

Assistance for Students/Guests with Disabilities or Medical Needs

Accommodation requests related to a disability may be made to Enrollment Services at 541-322-3100 by Wednesday, June 10.

Alcoholic Beverages

We ask all our graduates to refrain from the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages before and during the lineup, processional, and the ceremony. Visibly intoxicated students will not be allowed to participate.

Rain or Shine

The commencement ceremony will take place – rain or shine. Bring your umbrellas if the forecast calls for rain. You and your guests will want to bring sunglasses, sunscreen and water if the forecast calls for clear skies.

No-Dog Event

We love dogs as much as you do, but please respect that this is a no-dog event.

No Longer Planning to Attend?

If you receive the confirmation email by June 5, we are planning on your attendance. If your plans have changed, please notify Enrollment Services at 541-322-3100 no later than June 10, 5 p.m.

Please remember to check your student account for holds.