FAQs - Portland Graduation

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Why is Graduation on June 12?
OHSU will be holding convocation on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Oregon Convention Center.  A variety of factors were taken into consideration when determining the date for the 2016 ceremony, including venue availability and the incorporation of the other OHSU schools and administration.

How long will the ceremony last?
The date and time for 2016 will be determined shortly. We anticipate this to be a full day event for graduates, faculty, family, and friends.

Do I need tickets for convocation?  Is an RSVP needed? 
While no tickets are required for the convocation ceremony, we will need to obtain the number of graduating students attending as well as an estimated number of guests.

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,please keep in mind that large groups may not be able to sit together. Wheelchair and ADA seating is readily available for guests, however if you or your guests have unique circumstances, please contact our graduation coordinator at

Where can out of town graduates or family members stay?
If you or your family memebers are arriving from out of town, you may want to consider a local hotel or bed & breakfast. The Oregon Convention Center 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.

What is the Application for Degree and when is it due?
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 18, 2016. Summer 2016 graduates should submit no later than April 1, 2016.

What if I only have 1 course to complete? Can I still participate?
Students who wish to participate in the ceremony 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) 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 convocation ceremony are required to wear appropriate regalia. Rental regalia can be ordered online through Herff Jones. Online orders will close on April 15, 2016 and late orders are not accepted. Orders for the 2016 event will open in February 2016.

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

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 in May at the OHSU Student Center on Marquam Hill (Portland campus).  Graduates will be able to pick up their rental regalia, honor cords (if applicable), and pins (if ordered) at this time.  Please plan on attending this event if you will be graduating from either or Portland or Virtual campus.

2016 date and time TBD - more information coming soon

What if I am unable to attend the Graduation Fair?  How can I get my regalia?
Our vendor provides a home ship option for students unable to pick up their regalia from the Portland campus during the distribution event. 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 2014-2015 academic year are eligible to participate in the 2015 convocation ceremony.  If you are unsure of your status, please be in contact with your program support staff.  

  • Graduate students
    Carolyn Kimpton at 503 494-2351 or via email at kimptonc@ohsu.edu
  • Undergraduate students - Portland campus
    Aleksandra Krstic at 503 494-4594 or via email at
  • RN-BS students - Online/Virtual campus
    Angela Spencer via email at

Which programs are graduating and can attend convocation?
Graduates from the following degree programs are eligible and are encouraged to attend the convocation 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, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 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 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Education.
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

*Fall 2015 and Summer 2016 graduates.