Commencement 2022

OSU-Cascades is returning to an in-person commencement for 2022, and a new location at the OSU-Cascades campus.

RSVP Required to Walk

OSU has a long tradition of making a great effort to give each student their own diploma at the ceremony. For this to work, everyone has to do their part. Students are required to RSVP to OSU-Cascades so we know who is coming. Graduates will be not be alphabetized this year, but will need to sit with their program/major, and will be organized at check-in. Tickets will be required for the event due to new space considerations, of which students will pick up at the end of May. On commencement day we are unable to accommodate students who have not RSVP'd, so please do so by May 30.

Eligible students include: students who graduated summer 2021, fall 2021 and winter 2022, and students who are planning on graduating spring 2022 and summer 2022.


  • April 16 (approximately) - Commencement invitation and RSVP instructions mailed to all eligible students
  • April 19 - Graduation regalia (cap and gown) website is live at OSU Beaver Store in Corvallis.
  • May 17 - Preliminary grades posted for spring graduates (OSU classes only, COCC classes not included)
  • May 30 - Last day to RSVP to walk in ceremony
  • Week of June 1 - Email confirmation of RSVP to all walking grads – sent to ONID email. If you have not received an email by June 3, contact Enrollment Services right away at 541-322-3100 or
  • June 12, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Commencement check-in for students
  • June 12, 10 a.m. - Commencement ceremony begins

Degrees with Distinction

High achieving undergraduate students are recognized through the posting of academic distinction to transcript and diploma. Grade-point averages are computed on the basis of all work attempted at OSU. At the end of each term, after final grades are posted, the academic distinction will be evaluated and posted to transcripts and diplomas. Graduates who have completed at least 90 credits at OSU or 60 upper-division credits at OSU, and who have an OSU cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, are awarded an OSU degree with distinction as follows:

Academic Distinction OSU GPA Range Graduation
Honor Cord Color
Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.69 Orange
Magna Cum Laude 3.70 - 3.84 Gold
Summa Cum Laude 3.85 - 4.00 White

Students who meet the criteria above can purchase commencement honor cords at the OSU Beaver Store.
For more information regarding degree questions, please see the page Earning a Degree at Oregon State University.

Minor or Major Option/Concentration

If you have earned a minor or your major has an option/concentration, it will appear on your official transcripts but is not printed on your diploma or in the commencement program.

Cap and Gown Ordering

Order your cap and gown from the OSU Beaver Bookstore. Make sure to have your order delivered to your Bend address. Order now to allow plenty of time for the cap and gown to arrive prior to graduation day.

Graduation Announcements

Announcements are available at Jostens. Be sure and pick the announcement for Bend.

Number of Guests

We know that family and friends are important to our students. However, based on new space considerations, all graduates will receive 10 tickets for guests.

Rehearsal for the OSU-Cascades Ceremony

We have elected not to hold a mandatory rehearsal. This means that we cannot be flexible with walk-ins on graduation day. If you have not sent in your RSVP and you show up at the ceremony the day of the event, you will not be able to walk. In place of the rehearsal, please plan to report in cap and gown, ready to walk, promptly at 8:30 a.m. so that we have time to check you in and get everyone assembled in the proper walking order.

Ceremony Instructions

How does it all work? Please review ceremony instructions on this webpage before June 12.

Preliminary Grades

Commencement is held the Sunday following the conclusion of finals week. Final grades for courses required to meet degree requirements for spring graduates are not yet available, however, we strive to provide diplomas to as many students as possible at commencement. Towards this end the Office of the Registrar collects preliminary grades for pending graduates during the 6th week of the term. These preliminary grades are utilized for a preliminary review of degree requirements. Pending spring term graduates who meet degree requirements based on this preliminary review will receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony. Students who do not meet requirements during the preliminary review are welcome to attend the ceremony, they will receive a letter in their diploma case that states that their diploma is pending a final review of their requirements.

Note: If you are a spring graduate and taking COCC classes during the spring term that are required to complete your degree requirements, your diploma will not be available at commencement.

Student Parking

Students should park at the main OSU-Cascades hourly parking lot off of Century Drive  Additional Parking is available at the Simpson Drive lot (long-term lot). See Location and Parking page for more information.


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


Balloons are not allowed as they obstruct the view of other guests.

Bag Searches

There will be the possibility of bag searches by campus security.


No drones (except those approved for use by OSU-Cascades marketing and communications staff) are permitted on the property for this event.

Water Bottles

In line with our sustainability efforts we encourage all of your guests to bring their own reusable water bottles. No fill sites will be available.


Concessions will not be available, however there are a variety of restaurants around and near campus.


GradImages, the official commencement photographer, will photograph all graduates at the ceremony. After commencement, you can view pictures online at or via email. Pre-register your email prior to the ceremony and GradImages will email picture proofs within 24 hours after the ceremony.