We continue to carefully monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic locally, throughout Oregon, nationally and internationally. While more people are being vaccinated every day, we do not believe it is possible within anticipated state and local health guidelines to plan any large in-person events as early as June. For many reasons, including your and your family’s ability to plan possible travel and lodging, we believe it is important to announce a decision now regarding 2021 Commencement. Due to continuing public health concerns related to COVID-19, 2021 Commencement ceremonies at both OSU-Cascades and OSU Corvallis will be conducted virtually. While extremely disappointing, this decision was made with health and safety as the university’s No. 1 priority.

Although virtual, we commit to enable engaging, student-driven Commencement events with personal touches that allow you to be featured if you choose to participate this way. Our sincere hope is that someday in the future, we will be able to invite both 2020 and 2021 graduates back for in-person celebrations. We cannot commit to when that might be, but we look forward to those events!

In the coming months, 2021 graduates invited to participate in this ceremony will receive more information about how to prepare for the virtual ceremony on June 13, 2021, including details about ordering diplomas. Invited graduates include those who completed their degrees in the 2020-2021 academic year (summer term 2020 through spring term 2021), as well as those who will complete their degrees in summer term 2021. For more information, be sure to check your e-mail, visit the OSU-Cascades 2021 commencement webpage, and follow OSU-Cascades on Facebook and Instagram.

We wish you good health and success in your studies and all that you are engaged in this academic year. Thank you for finishing strong at OSU-Cascades and for continuing to be a resilient member of Beaver Nation.


Edward Feser
Acting President | Provost and Executive Vice President

Rebecca Johnson
Vice President