Participation Information

We’re excited to celebrate with you!


The Commencement Participation Sign-Up form closed May 17th.

Please review the 10:00 am and 2:00 pm participation lists.
Please contact if you have not signed up to participate.


10:00 AM Ceremony Participation List

2:00 PM Ceremony Participation List


By participating in commencement you agree to observe the following guidelines during the ceremony.

Commencement is intended to be a festive occasion celebrating the accomplishments of our students. However, it is also ceremonial. Students are expected to remain in their seats during the entire ceremony unless utilizing the restrooms. Students are required to be in their seats for the address by our commencement speaker(s). Wandering around the floor of the gym and visiting with guests in the stands is prohibited. Cell phones are permitted, but out of courtesy for other participants, students are asked to make judicious use of phones and not use them during the formal speaking portions of the ceremony.

It is particularly important that students respect their fellow students, faculty, staff, administrators, and guests who have come to witness and participate in the conferring of their degrees. For this reason, graduates are expected to return to their seats after they walk and remain there until all students have walked and the members of the stage party have exited the stage.

Please plan post-ceremony activities accordingly.
There are a number of excellent locations around campus for photographs! 


You may participate in Commencement if you have graduated or are graduating Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, or if you are part of the MBA program which finishes Fall 2019. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, please contact the Registrar’s Office at or call 541-962-3607.

Check-in will begin 1 1/2  hours before each scheduled ceremony.

  • Be prepared to open your gowns for visual inspection. No backpacks allowed. Students are encouraged to not bring bags, purses, etc., as there is no storage space in The Gilbert Center. 

Please enter The Gilbert Center from the south side of the building by Zabel Hall.


To address seating concerns tickets will be utilized for the ceremonies. Because seating is limited, we need to allow each graduate seats for a certain number of family and friends. More information about tickets will be sent to participants soon.

There is room for each graduate to have guests seated in the main gym (where the ceremony will be held). There will also be seating for additional guests in the designated overflow areas in Quinn Coliseum. The overflow areas will be for guests not able to sit in the main gym ceremony area. Seating will be in accordance with Fire Code and Safety Guidelines.

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 2019 Commencement Ceremonies are indoors. Fans will be going, but the gym can get warm and stuffy.

*Subject to change


On Friday, June 14th, 2019, there will be rehearsal’s scheduled for 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM in preparation for the June 15th Ceremonies. Although rehearsal is optional, participants are strongly encouraged to attend.  Rehearsal is a great opportunity to become familiar with the layout of commencement, as well as what will be expected the following day.

10:00 AM Rehearsal – Master of Business Administration, College of Business, College of STM & Health Science, Oregon State University

3:30 PM Rehearsal - Master of Science in Education/Master of Art in Teaching, College of Education, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Oregon Health and Science University

Those graduates attending rehearsal should arrive at The Gilbert Center and enter through the South Entrance Doors (near Zabel Hall).


Alcohol is prohibited in Quinn Coliseum and the line-up areas. Students in possession of alcoholic beverages in the Commencement line-up area or transporting alcoholic beverages into the ceremony will have the beverage confiscated. Drunk or disorderly behavior may result in legal citation or arrest. You are asked to respect the dignity of the Commencement Ceremony and comply with the provisions cited here.