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Graduation & Ceremonies 2022

Spring 2022 Graduation Ceremonies

This page was last updated on May 30, 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.

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.

Important Info for SPH Hooding, OHSU Convocation + PSU Commencement:

OHSU Convocation and SPH Hooding are being held at the Oregon Convention Center on Sunday, June 5th.

Please note that while masks are not required for Convocation we are requiring masks for the SPH Hooding Ceremony and Reception

12:15 pm – doors open; line up for OHSU Convocation (Please use MLK St. doors if entering from the street)

1:00pm – 2:30pm OHSU Convocation (Masks not required)
2:30pm – line up for SPH Hooding (Masking Required) ***You must be present for this to have your name called and walk across the stage

3:00pm – 4:30pm SPH Hooding Ceremony (Masking Required)

4:30pm – 5:30 pm Reception (Masking Required when not actively eating or drinking)

  • 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! OHSU’s full COVID policy can be found at the bottom of these announcements.
  • Negative at home tests CANNOT be accepted. Please visit an authorized location like Walgreens or the Oregon Convention Center to get tested if you are not fully vaccinated.
  • Masks ARE REQUIRED for SPH Hooding Ceremony and Reception (when not actively eating or drinking). Masks are not required for OHSU Commencement at this time. 
  • 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.)
  • You may attend only part of the SPH Hooding Ceremony if necessary. For example, if you know someone graduating in another school, you may leave after you are hooded to attend their hooding ceremony. Others are also welcome to join us part way through. Please be respectful when entering or leaving any of the ceremonies!
  • ***NOTE: To have your name called and walk across the stage during the SPH Hooding you must be present during line up.

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. Please use these links to tune in live on Sunday, June 5th.

Convocation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCqkACmsH-8

OHSU – PSU School of Public Health Hooding Ceremony https://youtu.be/NKSaLq7jG2Q

*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.

If you have any issues regarding your regalia please reach out to Scott at scott@royaltpapers.com

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

OHSU COVID Policy for Convocation:

It is currently OHSU’s policy that attendees of all ages of an OHSU-sponsored event are either fully vaccinated or have received a negative PCR test within 48 hours before the event (at home tests are NOT sufficient). By attending the in-person Convocation and/or School hooding ceremonies, you and your guests agree to be in compliance with this policy.  This also applies to staff and volunteers of the event as well. 

OHSU reserves the right to require further restrictions to attendance, depending on the public-health situation as we draw closer to the graduation events. We may request proof of vaccination or negative PCR test upon entry to the event, though not required at this time–and we will communicate this in advance if this is the case. As we are all aware, the COVID situation evolves over time, and our response must also evolve.

Masks are not mandatory for this event, although we recognize some people may feel more comfortable wearing one.  While there are many people who feel ready to take off their masks, there are also many with underlying conditions or a personal preference to continue protecting themselves with masks.  Thank you for respecting everyone’s’ personal preference.  We will be live-streaming Convocation and the hooding ceremonies for those that are uncomfortable attending in person.

Your Guide To Graduation & Ceremonies

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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.