New this year! Clear Bag Policy

OSU-Cascades has a Clear Bag Policy. All graduates and guests attending the 2024 Commencement ceremony must follow this policy. Thank you for planning ahead.


We know that family and friends are important to our students. We have an initial maximum of 12 tickets per graduate. Tickets will be available or students to pickup at Tykeson Hall. Gates open at 9 a.m. for the event.

Accessible Seating

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-322-3100. Learn more


What graduates and guests need to know for the Ceremony


Bag Searches

Campus Security may conduct bag searches at the event. See Clear Bag Policy.


Balloons are not allowed as they obstruct guests and family members' views.


Food and beverage sales will not be available, but there are many restaurants near campus.


Dogs are not permitted on the Oval Green during the ceremony.


Drones are not permitted on the campus for this event, except those approved for use by the Community Relations and Marketing Office.

Water Bottles

To support sustainability efforts, graduates and guests are encouraged to bring pre-filled, personal water bottles. Water stations will not be available at the event.


Visit Location and Parking page for designated parking for graduates and guests.


GradImages, the official commencement photographer, will photograph each graduate as they cross the stage. Be sure to pre-register for your images prior to the ceremony. View photos after the ceremony at GradImages will email registered graduates photo proofs within 24 hours of the ceremony.


Shade or rain umbrellas can only be used before or after the ceremony. They must be taken down at the beginning of the ceremony, which is marked by the start of the processional.


Tips for a Comfortable Commencement

Weather in Central Oregon can be unpredictable. To ensure a comfortable commencement, consider dressing in layers.  Bring sunscreen, hats, and other items to shade from direct sunlight. Due to the unique climate of Bend, it can be windy, and may be a little dusty at the Oval Green.