Education at OHSU

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At OHSU, students' experiences are enhanced by interprofessional activities and programs outside of the classroom.

Student interest groups

At OHSU, student interest groups provide opportunities for students to participate in and build meaningful connections with others who share similar interests.  Student interest group activities are educational, intellectual, interdisciplinary, cultural, and social in nature.   These activities help students develop leadership and workplace skills, collaborative relationships with others, and a sense of one's personal identity. Check out a current list of student interest groups here

Current groups needing to renew registration or for those starting a new group, visit Student Central on O2 (OHSU network credentials required).

Annual events

During the first week of each term incoming students from different schools and programs have the opportunity to virtually learn about the basic student resources available on the Marquam Hill and South Waterfront campuses.

Summer A - Monday, June 28th

Summer B - Monday, August 9th

Fall Term - Monday, September 27th

Orientation Schedule
*The schedule applies to Summer A, Summer B, and Fall orientations.

This September event is open to the entire campus community to kick off the new academic year. Hosted in collaboration with the Graduate Student Organization, the All-Hill Student Council, and the School of Medicine Alumni Association, attendees can enjoy dinner, drinks, raffle prizes, and music.  There are approximately 40 information tables that students can visit to learn about student life, academic services, student interest groups, parking and transportation options, etc.  Also, the Student Health & Wellness Center will be on site providing flu vaccines for all current OHSU students. Whether you're a new or returning student, the event is open to all!

  • Due to COVID-19, this event may be postponed.  Updates will be communicated as more information becomes available.

Celebrate Halloween with your classmates and friends! Costume contest, DJ, prizes, and food and drink.

*Due to Covid-19 this event may be postponed. Updates will be communicated as more information becomes available.

Java with Jacobs logo - illustration of OHSU President Dr. Danny Jacobs

The coffee talk with the president is a bi-annual event hosted by OHSU President Danny Jacobs.   This event gives students the opportunity to have an open dialouge about new educational initiatives, OHSU's vision, the importance OHSU plays in the local community and across the globe all while enjoying lunch and a fresh cup of coffee.

  • Due to COVID-19, this event will be conducted virtually.  Updates will be communicated as more information becomes available.

The All-Hill Student Council's annual Flame Awards ceremony celebrates the hard work, generosity, and compassion displayed by students and faculty across schools, campuses, and programs. Students and faculty members who have gone above and beyond in the area of volunteerism may be nominated for an award. Awards come with a framed certificate and cash prizes.

*Due to Covid-19 this event will be held virtually.  Updates will be communicated as more information becomes available.

Students from all programs along with their guests enjoy a formal evening of dancing, appetizers, and beverages at the infamous Adrianna Ballroom in downtown Portland.  

*Due to Covid-19 the 2021 Spring Gala has been cancelled.  Updates will be communicated as more information becomes available.

Each spring, the Rho Chi chapter of the College of Pharmacy sponsors a Jeopardy-style, team-based knowledge competition open to all schools.

*Due to Covid-19 this event will be held virtually.  Updates will be communicated as more information becomes available.

OHSU Convocation & Hooding Ceremonies

As promised in our recent announcement about our 2021 keynote speaker Gov. Brown, here are all the details you need to virtually attend this year’s OHSU Convocation and School graduation ceremonies. We will also be sending this information directly to graduating students' inboxes in the coming days.

Convocation will commence at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 6. Click here to view the O2 calendar entry, and add this important event to your online calendar.

To access the Echo360 platform to view the Convocation event, as well as the individual School and Program events (with the exception of School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy events following Convocation – please see below for more information), please click on the following link:

The link will take you to a page that will populate with live links to the events just before 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 6, to ensure the real-time feel of Convocation – you will not be able to access these events if you click the link in advance. You may share this link with friends or family who wish to watch along with the Convocation and graduation events. Please ensure that you copy and paste the link exactly as it is above – if you click on the link and then copy/paste the URL from the web browser it will not work.  We do not recommend using Internet Explorer – please choose another browser if possible.

This year's speakers include:

  • Keynote speaker Governor Kate Brown, State of Oregon
  • Welcome Address by President Danny Jacobs, M.D. M.P.H., F.A.C.S. 
  • Board of Directors Message by Mr. Wayne Monfries, Chairman
  • Faculty Senate Greetings from Dr. Karen Eden, President
  • All-Hill Student Council Message from Dr. Douglas Rice, President

Following the Convocation, you will be able to join your School’s hooding ceremonies and events by clicking the relevant link here: School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy events, please use the links below.

These events include:

School of Dentistry – Hooding Ceremony
Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m.

School of Medicine – M.D. Hooding Ceremony
Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m. 

School of Medicine – Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony
Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m.

OHSU-PSU School of Public Health – Hooding Ceremony
Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m.

School of Nursing – Ceremony
Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m. – use this link:

School of Nursing - program/cohort celebration
Sunday, June 6, 12 noon – Webex links have been provided previously. Reach out to Graduation Coordinator, Trina Ramirez at if you need to know more. 

College of Pharmacy – Graduation Ceremony
Sunday, June 6, 11.30 a.m. – see this invitation for more information.

If you have questions about your School events, your Program Director or Student Service Coordinator may be able to help or direct your questions.