Degree Award Dates

OHSU awards diplomas for the term that degree requirements are completed. The degree requirements can be fulfilled at any time during the academic year within six months of the thesis defense date.

Degrees will not be awarded until all academic requirements have been met and the student pays all debts and discharges all other obligations. The academic requirements can be found in the Guidelines and Regulations for Completion of Master’s and PhD Degrees.


Hooding and Commencement ceremonies are held in early June each year. Students must defend their thesis/dissertation by May 1 and complete all requirements before May 20th to participate in the June ceremonies of the same year.


School of Medicine Hooding Ceremony

This is a special event for those who received a graduate degree from the School of Medicine during the prior academic year. Family and friends are encouraged to attend and no ticket is required. For more information contact the Office of Graduate Studies.



Graduate degrees are formally conferred at this ceremony. Admission to Commencement is by ticket only. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies.