Drive-Thru Celebration for Graduates

June 13 | 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
On Campus (enter via Century Ave.)

Drive, pedal, skate or step over to campus. Travel through the cheering section, full of your favorite faculty and staff. Stop for a photo with Benny and the Vice President. Travel to the Gift Tent, your final stop.

How to Attend

  • Gas up, check those tires, stretch your walking legs.
  • Pull out your cap and gown.

When to Attend

Graduates may arrive at any time between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; however, we have tried to make your program's faculty available during these times:

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Graduate programs: MAT, Counseling, MFA
Undergraduate programs: Art, Arts, Media and Technology, Biology, Business Administration, Hospitality Management, HDFS, Kinesiology

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Undergraduate programs: American Studies, Computer Science, Energy Systems Engineering, Engineering Science, Liberal Studies, Natural Resources, Psychology, Social Science, Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership

  

Get A Photo with Benny!

High-five your favorite Beaver and take a Grad Images professional photo with him. Benny will join Vice President Andrew Ketsdever for a photo op with each and every graduate who attends.

  

The Cheering Section

You’ll see some of your favorite faculty and staff, with fun signs, cow bells and all wearing your favorite color – orange! They want to send you on your way with a lasting memory.

Faculty, staff – want to cheer on our new Bend Beav grads? Sign up here.

  

Your Gift: An OSU-Cascades Party Pack

Courtesy of the Office of Student Life, you’ll get a kit full of branded gear for your own personal graduation party, and summer parties to come.

  • Folding lawn chair
  • Drink Cooler
  • Bucket hat
  • Mask
  • Stickers

  

Health and Safety As A Priority

The event will follow all OSU, local, state and federal public health guidelines. Guests other than OSU-Cascades graduates must stay in vehicles at all times.

Drive-Thru Celebration FAQ

What is the Drive-Thru Celebration event?
This event is an additional experience to the Virtual Commencement ceremony on June 13. Between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., students will drive/walk/skateboard/bike to campus to be celebrated by faculty from their program, staff, and other students. There will be time for graduates to take a special photo "on stage" to commemorate the moment.

What should I wear for the event?
While there is no dress code specifically for this event, graduates are encourage to minimally wear "business casual" attire due to the opportunity for taking photos. Graduates are encouraged to bring their cap and tassel from their GradBox, and commencement regalia if choose to rent/borrow/purchase.

Are there any other aspects of the event that I need to be aware of?
While we want this to be a fun and celebratory event, there are a few things to keep in mind in preparing for the event.

  • Only one car per graduate in attendance. This is intended to keep traffic moving and reduce slowdowns on campus and surrounding arterial streets.
  • For the special photo area, ONLY graduates are allowed to get out of the car to take a photo, so they should not be the driver of the vehicle in attendance. Guests are asked to stay in vehicles. No other photos will be allowed on campus during the event in an effort to focus attention on the event.
  • There will be no "long term parking" options on campus the day of the event.

What is the best time for me to attend?
Graduates may arrive at any time between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; however, we have tried to make your program's specific faculty available at the following times:

  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • All Masters programs (MAT, Counseling, MFA), Art, Arts, Media and Technology, Biology, Business Administration, Hospitality Management, HDFS, Kinesiology
  • 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    • American Studies, Computer Science , Energy Systems Engineering, Engineering Science, Liberal Studies, Natural Resources, Psychology, Social Science, Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership