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College Commencement

143rd Annual Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Griswold Stadium


General Q&A

  • How do I get a wheelchair/special accommodation?

    We are not able to guarantee any special accommodations requests that were made after May 1st.

  • Where do I go the day of commencement?

    Students need to be present for lineup at 1pm in Fields, Templeton.

  • Am I graduating?

    Check with the undergraduate registrar’s office.

  • When does commencement end?

    Approximately 5pm.

  • What do the tassels and ribbons mean, and where do I get them?

    A green cord represents Latin honors; a gold tassel represents departmental honors; a silver cord represents service in Campus Living. Eligible seniors will either receive an email from the respective offices or will receive the cords/tassel with their cap and gown.

  • When do I receive my diploma?

    The Registrar will mail diplomas after final grades are posted and student accounts are cleared (approximately two weeks after commencement).

  • How do I get more tickets?

    Fire regulations dictate the seating capacity of Pamplin Sports Center, and unfortunately we are not able to accommodate more than the two tickets per graduating senior. It is recommended that seniors ask their peers whether they have any extra tickets available.

  • Is there a limit on tickets?

    Tickets are unlimited and are CURRENTLY not needed.

  • What happens if it rains?

    In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Pamplin Sports Center. A location change will be announced no later than the day prior to the ceremony date.

  • Do I have to pay for my cap and gown?

    Your cap and gown are free, and will be ordered automatically from your degree application.


More commencements:


May 6th, 2016

  • May 6

    Class of 2016 Commencement Banquet

    Join graduating seniors, families, faculty, and friends for a special evening to celebrate the Class of 2016 and their achievements. Help us thank them for a great four years on campus, their contributions to the College and Portland community, and honor those who made their education possible.