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Graduation & Ceremonies

Ceremonies - Convocation, Commencement, Hooding, and More

2021 Graduation Ceremonies

The School of Public Health is a partnership between OHSU and PSU. As such, there are several graduation ceremonies in which SPH students may participate.

PSU Commencement: 2021: open to all SPH undergraduate and graduate students who will complete their academic requirements in any of the following terms: Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021. This is a large ceremony for SPH students and students in other PSU Schools and Colleges.

OHSU Convocation 2021: Open to SPH graduate students who will complete their academic program requirements in any of the following terms: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021. This is a large ceremony for SPH students and students in other OHSU Schools and Colleges.

SPH Hooding 2021: Open to SPH graduate students who will complete their academic program requirements in any of the following terms: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021. This ceremony is specific to the School of Public Health. Graduate students are recognized individually, and walk across the stage to be hooded and receive their diplomas.

Dates and details of June 2021 graduation ceremonies TBA.

Apply to Graduate

The School of Public Health graduates students each Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer term. Students who expect to complete all of their academic program’s degree requirements must apply online to graduate.

  • Students who register through PSU, apply to graduate using published deadline and pay the PSU graduation fee.
  • Students who register through OHSU apply to graduate in SIS one term prior to completing all degree requirements and pay the OHSU graduation fee.
  • Dual degree students who register through OHSU submit an Application for Dual Degree Form one term prior to completing all degree requirements and pay the OHSU graduation fee.

Final official transcripts will be released by the Registrar’s Office only after degree verification is complete and all institutional obligations have been satisfied.

Regalia - Academic Cap, Gown, and Tassel

Order Regalia

What colors are my regalia?

Undergraduate degree students and alums wear a black masters’s robe and a black mortarboard cap with a salmon pink tassel.

Master of Public Health degree students and alums wear a black masters’s robe, a black mortarboard cap with a salmon pink tassel, and a master’s hood (imagine a backwards scarf) indicating the University’s colors and the discipline’s color.

Master of Science degree students and alums wear a black master’s robe, a black mortarboard cap with a gold tassel, and a master’s hood (imagine a backwards scarf) indicating the University’s colors and the discipline’s color.

Doctoral degree students and alums wear a black doctoral robe, a black mortarboard cap with a tassel, and a doctoral hood (imagine a backwards scarf) indicating the University’s colors and the discipline’s color.

When should I order?

The order deadline is in mid-April 2021, date TBD.

Faculty Regalia

SPH faculty wear the regalia from their highest degree earned, and so will have varying robe colors, cap types, and hood colors.

Diploma & Diploma Frames

Diplomas are mailed only after degree verification is complete. Diplomas will be mailed to the new alum’s permanent address on record in Banweb for PSU campus students, and in SIS for OHSU campus students.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I sign up for graduation events?

    Students must take a number of actions to participate:

  • Complete relevant degree requirements
  • Apply to graduate by the relevant deadline: TBD at PSU, and at least April 15th at OHSU
  • Order Regalia by April date TBD,, 2021.

    If you have any questions about regalia, please contact Herff Jones directly at 1-800-837-4235.

  • Graduate students must register to attend the SPH Hooding event. Registration begins in March, and the link will be provided here.

Do I need to be in regalia in order to participate?

Yes, all faculty and student participants of the SPH Hooding, OHSU Convocation and PSU Commencement ceremonies must wear academic regalia.

Graduate Students can purchase or rent regalia online

What colors are my regalia?

Master of Public Health degree students and alums wear a black masters’s robe, a black mortarboard cap with a salmon pink tassel, and a master’s hood (imagine a backwards scarf) indicating the University’s colors and the discipline’s color.

Master of Science degree students and alums wear a black master’s robe, a black mortarboard cap with a gold tassel, and a master’s hood (imagine a backwards scarf) indicating the University’s colors and the discipline’s color.

Doctoral degree students and alums wear a black doctoral robe, a black mortarboard cap with a tassel, and a doctoral hood (imagine a backwards scarf) indicating the University’s colors and the discipline’s color.

How many guests can I bring?

Tickets for OHSU Convocation and SPH Hooding (event for Master’s and PhD students)

There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring to the SPH Hooding. To help us plan, we ask you to indicate how many guests you expect to bring, when you register with the SPH for the event. Online registration opens in March – link coming soon.

PSU Commencement (event for undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students)

Tickets for PSU Commencement are available through PSU’s online ticket portal. Each graduate is allotted four free tickets (graduates do not need a ticket for themselves).

Additional tickets will be available at $9 each and there is no limit. The Moda Center has ample seating and the PSU commencement team does not anticipate running out of seats. For more ticket information, please visit PSU Commencement Website

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the SPH Hooding?

No. We will keep a list of all the RSVPs.

What time do I need to be at the Oregon Convention Center for Convocation and Hooding, and how long will the day be?

The general timeline for events at the Oregon Convention Center is as follows:

  • 12:00 pm student line up for OHSU Convocation
  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm OHSU Convocation
  • 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm student line up for SPH Hooding (Master’s and PhD only)
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm SPH Hooding
  • 4:30 pm SPH Reception

Please plan accordingly, allowing ample time for traffic, parking, robing, using the restrooms, etc. before the event begins. Please note that while robing and line-up for students and faculty begin at 12:00 p.m., family members and guests may not enter the Exhibit Hall for Convocation until 12:15 p.m.; early entry is not permitted. Doors to the Exhibit Hall for Hooding will open at 2:30 pm.
Convocation events at the Oregon Convention Center are for SPH Master’s and PhD graduates only. Undergraduates are welcome to attend PSU Commencement

What kind of food will be provided at the reception?

The OHSU Convocation team orders all reception items for each School. We anticipate refreshments and a range of appetizers will be provided.