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Graduation & Ceremonies 2022

Spring 2022 Graduation Ceremonies

This page was last updated on May 16, 2022.

Welcome! The School of Public Health is excited to recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2022 at both our partner universities this year.  We eagerly anticipate celebrating together in person, though we must be prepared for the possibility of virtual ceremonies,  given the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this page as we know more.

MPH, MS, and PhD students: Please use this link (https://forms.gle/S6aVuTDbHbDT3DjU9) to RSVP for all graduation ceremonies (Convocation, Hooding, Commencement) if you haven’t done so already.

New Info 5/16/2022: Please fill out this survey before attending graduation! It contains COVID questions that are necessary to answer before your arrival.

**All attendees must either be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours prior to the start of the event. Please fill out the survey to provide this information!

You may invite guests to attend all OHSU Commencement, Hooding and Reception events and they do NOT need a ticket. BUT please let us know in the survey! (Your guests do NOT need to fill out the survey.)

Please note that we are anticipating a larger than normal turn out for the commencement and hooding ceremonies this year. Due to this, if you or your guests are at an increased health risk you may elect to watch the events from home. Links to view the live stream will be provided before commencement.

PSU has posted their plans for commencement and you can find more information here.

Professional Schools Commencement Ceremony

College of Urban & Public Affairs, Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science, School of Public Health, and School of Social Work
Sunday, June 12, 2022
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Providence Park

If you are attending both OHSU and PSU ceremonies you have options on how to return your regalia after the PSU events.

  1. Find Herff Jones after the PSU commencement.  We do not have giant collection boxes because PSU uses keeper gowns.  So they need to locate our booth at Providence Park and then find us for a return.
  2. Ship the product back to our office.
  3. Return to the School of Public Health the following week.

Please feel free to reach out to sphconvocation@ejpevents.com with any questions or concerns!

New Info 4/25/2022: OHSU Convocation on June 5th will begin at 1:00pm. The estimated timeline for the day is as follows. *These times are subject to change!

12:00 pm – doors open; line up for OHSU Convocation

1:00pm – 2:30pm OHSU Convocation
2:30pm – line up for SPH Hooding

3:00pm – 4:30pm SPH Hooding Ceremony

4:30pm – 5:30 pm Reception

If you accidentally ordered a graduation package instead of just the regalia you may reach out to Scott to fix this issue. scott@royaltpapers.com or give him a call at 360-254-7870

If you missed the deadline to order regalia and need help please let us know at sphconvocation@ejpevents.com.

Please feel free to reach out to sphconvocation@ejpevents.com with any questions or concerns!

New Info 3/29/2022: OHSU Convocation on June 5th will begin at 1:00pm. At this time we are planning for an in-person event with guests allowed. If conditions change, the decision to hold in-person Convocation may be revised to match the circumstances. OHSU policy is that all guests of OHSU sponsored events are required to be fully vaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 48 hours before the events.  You and/or your guests will be required to attest that they are in compliance of this policy.

The link for ordering regalia at the bottom of this site should now be working and allow you to order regalia. If you have any issues with your order please reach out to Scott at scott@royaltpapers.com or give him a call at 360-254-7870.

Please feel free to reach out to sphconvocation@ejpevents.com with any questions or concerns!

New Info 3/10/2022: PSU Commencement is planned for in-person at Providence Park. Further details to come.

New info 3/2/2022:  OHSU President Dr. Danny Jacobs announced that – barring any additional COVID-related surges – OHSU’s graduation ceremonies will be conducted in-person. The location will be the Oregon Convention Center. Further details to come.

New info 2/18/2022

  • Deadline to order regalia for OHSU Convocation and SPH Hooding is April 22, 2022.  Regalia is required for participation in in-person graduation ceremonies.
  • Spring and Summer 2022 graduates who wish to participate in OHSU Convocation and Hooding and have their names included in programs must apply to graduate by April 22, 2022.

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Watch the 2021 Virtual Commencement and Presentation of Graduates, Above

Getting Ready To Graduate?
Here’s What You Need To Know: Dates and Definitions

Graduation refers to formal certification of a student’s completion of all academic program requirements, including comprehensive or certification exams. Upon certification, the degree or certificate is noted as “awarded” on the student’s academic transcript. Formal certification and awarding (also called conferral) of degrees and certificates occur at the University level, in the Registrars’ Offices.  Students may graduate from their academic programs in any academic term. You must formally apply to graduate in order to receive your degree or certificate.

Graduation Ceremonies
Graduation ceremonies occur once a year, in June. Graduation ceremonies are an opportunity for students, families, friends, and the School and University communities to celebrate their academic achievements. 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.

  • OHSU Convocation: Sunday, June 5, 2022, at the Oregon Convention Center, at 1pm. This is a large ceremony for SPH graduate students and students in other OHSU Schools and Colleges.
  • PSU Commencement: Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Providence Park, time TBA. This is a large ceremony for all SPH students (graduate and undergraduate) and students in other PSU Schools and Colleges.
  • SPH Hooding: This ceremony, for graduating MPH, MS, and PhD students, is specific to the School of Public Health and is held in conjunction with the OHSU Convocation, at the Oregon Convention Center.

OHSU Convocation and SPH Hooding 2021

View the ceremonies here

Graduation Checklist

  1. Check your degree audit to make sure you will complete all of your degree requirements, including comprehensive and/or CPH exams, by the last day of the term you expect to graduate. Meet with your advisor to plan your final coursework and/or exams, and to clear up any outstanding issues.
  2. Apply to graduate. Students may graduate in any academic term. You must submit a graduation application by the relevant deadline in order to receive your degree or certificate. NOTE: Deadlines to apply vary by the university through which a student registers. Deadlines also differ for undergraduate vs. graduate students.
    • PSU REGISTRANTS (all SPH undergraduate students; dual MPH/MSW and MPH/MURP degree students; and MPH and PhD students who matriculated prior to Fall 2017) must apply to graduate in Banweb and pay the PSU graduation fee. In general, undergraduate students must apply two terms prior to their anticipated term of graduation (specific deadlines are here), and graduate students must apply by the first Friday of the anticipated term of graduation; specific deadlines for all terms are here). Summer 2022 grads please note: you must apply to graduate by April 15, 2022, for your name to be included in the Commencement program. Students who apply after this date may still participate in Commencement, but will not have their name in the printed program.

Dual degree MPH/MSW and MPH/MURP candidates must apply to graduate from both degrees, and submit a GO-14 Shared Master’s Credits form to the PSU Graduate School.

    • OHSU REGISTRANTS (all other SPH graduate students) must apply to graduate in Student Self-Service by Friday of the fourth week of of the anticipated term of graduation, and pay the OHSU graduation fee. Specific deadlines are posted hereSummer 2022 grads please note: you must apply to graduate by the spring deadline of April 22, 2022 if you wish to participate in June graduation ceremonies, in order to allow enough time for planning and printing materials.

      Dual degree MD/MPH candidates must also submit an Application for Dual Degree Form to the OHSU Registrar’s Office. 

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

3. Check your eligibility to participate in 2022 graduation ceremonies. 

    • PSU Commencement 2022: Open to SPH undergraduate, masters, and graduate certificate students who have submitted their graduation application by the relevant deadline, and who have completed or expect to complete their academic program requirements in any of the following terms: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022. Open to SPH doctoral students graduating Summer 2021 through Spring 2022, who have been certified by the PSU Graduate School. Contact the Graduate School for more information.
    • OHSU Convocation 2022: Open to SPH master’s, and doctoral students who have submitted their graduation application by the relevant deadline, and who have completed or expect to complete their academic program requirements in any of the following terms: Summer 2021 (provided that you did not already participate in Convocation 2021), Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Summer 2022. Doctoral students graduating Summer 2022 are eligible to participate only if they have successfully defended their dissertation before the end of the Spring 2022 term.
    • SPH Hooding 2022: Open to SPH master’s, and doctoral students who have submitted their graduation application by the relevant deadline, and who have completed or expect to complete their academic program requirements in any of the following terms: Summer 2021 (provided that you did not participate in Convocation 2021), Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Summer 2022. Doctoral students graduating Summer 2022 are eligible to participate only if they have successfully defended their dissertation before the end of the Spring 2022 term.

4. Graduate Students: RSVP for all graduation ceremonies by completing this form: (https://forms.gle/S6aVuTDbHbDT3DjU9).

5. Order your regalia (required for in-person ceremonies; optional for virtual ceremonies).  See section below.

Regalia

Regalia is required for all in-person graduation ceremonies. In the event that 2022 graduation ceremonies are held virtually, regalia will be optional. You are not required to wear regalia to participate in virtual ceremonies. Regalia for the OHSU Convocation and SPH Hooding ceremonies will be available from Herff Jones. PSU’s official vendor is still to be determined. 

Ordering Deadlines:

  • For PSU Commencement: priority deadline TBD; likely April 15.  More information on PSU regalia is posted here
  • For OHSU Convocation & SPH Hooding: Deadline to order regalia online is April 22.

About Regalia (mortarboards, tams, gowns, tassels & hoods)

When ceremonies are held in person, all faculty and student participants of the SPH Hooding, OHSU Convocation, and PSU Commencement ceremonies must wear academic regalia. When ceremonies are held virtually, wearing regalia is optional.

What colors are my regalia?

  • Undergraduate degree candidates and alumni: black robe, black mortarboard cap with a salmon pink tassel.
  • Master of Public Health degree candidates and alumni: black masters’ robe; black mortarboard cap with a salmon pink tassel; master’s hood (imagine a backwards scarf) indicating the University’s colors and the discipline’s color. 
  • Master of Science degree candidates and alumni: black master’s robe; black mortarboard cap with a gold tassel; master’s hood (imagine a backwards scarf) indicating the University’s colors and the discipline’s color.
  • Doctoral degree candidates and alumni: black doctoral robe; black mortarboard cap with a tassel, and a doctoral hood (imagine a backwards scarf) indicating the University’s colors and the discipline’s color.

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

When should I order?

  • Graduate Students: Order regalia online by April 22, 2022, from Herff-Jones, using the link below.
  • Undergraduate Students: Order regalia online here. The priority order deadline is  April 15, 2022. You can order regalia for PSU after the priority deadline, however, prices will increase. Orders can take four to six weeks to be processed and delivered. After the priority deadline, students can order online for in-person pick-up or order in-person from the University Market.

Faculty Regalia

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

Diplomas and Diploma Covers

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 registrants, and in SIS for OHSU registrants.