FAQs - Portland Graduation

Why is Graduation on June 5?
The OHSU School of Nursing will be holding Commencement on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Oregon Convention Center.  A variety of factors were taken into consideration when determining the date for 2015 graduation, including venue availability and the incorporation of the other OHSU schools and administration.

Do I need tickets for Commencement?  Is an RSVP needed? 
While no tickets are required for the Commencement ceremony, we will need to obtain the number of graduating students attending as well as an estimated number of guests. RSVPs will be accepted in January 2015.

How many guests can I bring?

Graduation is an important accomplishment and your family and friends are cordially invited to attend this special celebration. While tickets are not required for guests, we do request that graduates try to limit their number of guests to a maximum of 7-8 guests to ensure availability of seats.  If you have special circumstances in which your guest list would be more than this number, your guests are of course welcome. Wheelchair and ADA seating is readily available for guests, however if you or your guests have unique circumstances, please contact our commencement coordinator at

Where can my out of town guests stay?
If you have friends or family arriving from out of town, you may want to consider a local hotel or bed & breakfast. OHSU maintains an updated list of local hotels and other options for local accommodations.


The Oregon Convention Center maintains a list of local hotels and resources.

Will there be a reception following Commencement?
Yes, the School of Nursing will be hosting a small reception after graduation to allow our graduates the opportunity to mix and mingle with friends, family and faculty.

What is the Application for Degree and when is it due?cool
The Application for Degree is a form generated by the OHSU Registrar's Office that allows graduates to receive their diploma upon program completion.  All students planning to graduate during Spring term must submit an Application for Degree to the Registrar no later than March 20, 2015.

What if I only have 1 course to complete? Can I still walk in the Graduation?
Students who wish to participate in Commencement should plan to have all degree requirements complete by the end of Spring term. Students with no more than one OHSU nursing course (max. of 6 credits) to complete during the Summer term may petition to participate in the ceremony. Petitions will only be granted to those who have completed their non-nursing (undergraduate students only) and/or CPH509 (MPH only) courses by Spring term. Accelerated baccalaureate students with only their IP in progress for Summer term are eligible to participate without a petition. Students should contact their program staff for petition forms no later than April 1.

How do I order Regalia?
Students participating in the Portland Commencement ceremony are required to wear appropriate regalia. Rental regalia can be ordered online through Royal T Papers. Online orders will close on April 18, 2014 and late orders are not accepted.

Doctoral students who are interested in purchasing regalia can see pricing and customization options on this website.

Ordering Instructions

Do baccalaureate graduates have to purchase a nursing pin?
No.  The nursing pin is not a requirement of graduation.  "Pinning" is specific for graduates of our baccalaureate programs and is not applicable to masters or doctoral graduates.

Does it have to be a nursing pin or can I bring my own pin?
It is tradition that the pins used for the pinning ceremony be nursing pins, but all students will participate in the pinning ceremony. This pin can be either a nursing pin purchased this year or one that has been handed down in your family. Students who choose not to purchase a pin will receive a ribbon during the ceremony.

When is the Graduation Fair?
Graduation Fair will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the 6th floor of the School of Nursing in Portland.  Graduates will be able to pick up their rental regalia, honor cords (if applicable), and pins (if ordered) at this time.  Class pictures will also be taken at this time. Please plan on attending this event if you will be graduating from either or Portland or Virtual campus.

What if I am unable to attend the Graduation Fair?  How can I get my regalia?
Please be in contact with the Graduation Coordinator if you are unable to pick up regalia at the Graduation Fair; special accommodations can be made to ensure you receive your regalia.  If you are located near the Portland area you can pick up your regalia from the Graduation Coordinator prior to June 2.  For those unable to pick up regalia, such as distance education graduates, please connect with the commencement coordinator ahead of time. Please contact sn-affrs@ohsu.edu with questions.

Who is eligible to graduate?
Students who have completed their program of study and are set to graduate during the 2013-2014 academic year are eligible to participate in the 2014 Commencement Ceremony.  If you are unsure of your status, please be in contact with your program support staff.  

Which programs are graduating and can attend Commencement?
Graduates from the following degree programs are eligible and are encouraged to attend the Commencement ceremony:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree -
    Traditional Seniors-Portland Campus, Accelerated Baccalaureates*, RN to Bachelor Completion, and Community College Transition Seniors
  • Master of Nursing Degree -
    Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwifery, Nurse Anesthesia, Health Systems and Organizational Leadership, and Nursing Education.
  • Post Masters Certificate Degree-
    Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwifery, Advanced Practice Gerontology and Nursing Education.
  • Master of Public Health Degree
  • Graduate Certificate of Public Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

*Fall 2013 and Summer 2014 graduates.