Commencement 2020 Postponed

Based on input from students, OSU-Cascades is postponing its commencement ceremony until a later date. This decision is in keeping with OSU’s measures to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 and is in compliance with Gov. Kate Brown’s executive orders to address the pandemic. University leaders will provide details regarding the rescheduled commencement ceremony as soon as possible.

RSVP Required to Walk

OSU has a long tradition of making a great effort to give each student his or her 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 have assigned seating. On commencement day we will not able to accommodate students who have not RSVP'd. Eligible students include: students who graduated fall 2019 and winter 2020 and students who are planning on graduating spring 2020, summer 2020 or fall 2020.

RSVP to Walk Here

Commencement Student Speaker Application

Are you interested in representing your class at the 2020 commencement? Apply by Friday, April 17, 2020 to be the 2020 Commencement Student Speaker.


  • April 16 (approximately) - Commencement invitation and RSVP instructions mailed to all eligible students
  • April 25 - Graduation regalia website is live at OSU Beaver Store in Corvallis. Order here. Make sure you choose the "OSU-Cascades Regalia" button
  • May 15 - Preliminary grades posted for spring graduates (OSU classes only, COCC classes not included)
  • May 29 - 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 1, contact Enrollment Services right away at 541-322-3100 or
  • June 14, 8:30 a.m. - Commencement check-in for students (Canceled)
  • June 14, 10 a.m. - Commencement ceremony begins (Canceled)

Regalia - Update May 15, 2020

In anticipation for the postponed event, Commencement Regalia can be ordered through the OSUBeaver Store. Choose the "OSU-Cascades Regalia" button. Please stay tuned for more updates on the OSU-Cascades Commencement.

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.

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.

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. Therefore, we are not capping the number of guests you can bring.

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 14.

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 in the Old Mill District shopping area, then walk across bridge and follow signs to check-in. 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 are permitted on the Les Schwab property.

Water Bottles

In line with our sustainability efforts we encourage all of your guests to bring their own reusable water bottles. We will have a water fountain available for refilling.


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.