Commencement Information



Commencement is scheduled for Saturday -
June 11, 2016 at 10:00am

Commencement should not be confused with “graduation.”  Graduation refers to the actual fulfillment of degree requirements resulting in the conferral of a degree and a diploma. Commencement is a ceremony. It is a time for you to celebrate your accomplishments along with your family, your friends, and the EOU community.


If you are a graduating senior and want to participate in the Commencement Ceremony and you have not already filled out the participation form that was available until June 1st, please contact the Registrar’s Office, or call 541-962-3607.

 You may participate in Commencement if you are graduating fall 2015, winter 2016, spring 2016, or summer 2016. Commencement check in on Saturday morning begins at 8 am in Quinn.  Please enter from the east side of the building by the tennis courts.

Commencement Participation List


Rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony is scheduled on Friday – June 10 at 8:30 am.  Please meet in the large gym in Quinn Coliseum.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is very helpful to understand what the procedure will be for the actual ceremony on Saturday.


Magna/Summa/Cum Laude honors cords may be purchased from the EOU Bookstore at the time you purchase your cap and gown.  Honors (for the Commencement Ceremony and Program) will be determined based on your cumulative GPA (including transfer credits if applicable) through winter term.  The EOU Bookstore will have a list of eligible graduates by mid April.  You can also email for your GPA/honor qualifications after that date.


Your family and guests do not need tickets to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Seating at Community Stadium is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have family or guests that require special accommodations, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 541-962-3607 or email Please keep in mind that the ceremony is outdoors, so your family should bring an umbrella for rain or sun. It’s also a good idea to layer clothing or bring a blanket in case of inclement weather.


Eastern Oregon University Bookstore has Bachelor and Master regalia in the store for students to purchase.  We will have the caps, gowns & honors cords available until graduation.  Students can order regalia by calling us at 541-962-3187 (other bookstore numbers 541-962-3691 or 541-962-3694).

  • HONORS CORDS will be sold only to students eligible to receive them.  The Bookstore will have the list of eligible graduates.
  • EOU MASTER gowns, caps & tassels are BLACK, plus a HOOD is worn. The hood represents the University colors inside the hood; EOU colors are blue and gold.  The velvet trim on the outer edge of the hood represents the degree; MAT is light blue, MBA is bronze.  The Masters gown is very different from a bachelor gown, in that the sleeves have large extensions.
  • OSU AG BACHELOR caps & gowns are BLACK with a MAISE (yellow) tassel.
  • NURSING BACHELOR caps & gowns are WHITE with an APRICOT tassel.

The Bookstore stocks EOU GENERIC ANNOUNCEMENTS for students not wanting a Personalized Announcement.  PERSONALIZED ANNOUNCEMENTS are ordered direct from Jostens at www. or 800-854-7464.


Commencement photos are taken by Grad Image. All graduates are photographed receiving their diploma.

Graduates at Eastern Oregon University can locate their graduation photos online by visiting  The following two pieces of information are required to access their account:

  • Last Name of the graduate
  • Graduation Year

Graduates can reach our Customer Service Department by calling 800.261.2576, if they have any questions or need assistance.


Live streaming of the ceremony will be available at


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