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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. For a list of current student interest groups, click 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

It is with mixed feelings that we announce the Portland 2021 Graduation, Convocation, and hooding ceremonies at OHSU will be held virtually this year on Sunday, June 6. OHSU graduation ceremonies held in other parts of the state on other dates will also be held virtually. As many of you know, we were forced to make a similar decision last year.

How did we come to this difficult decision?

Our decision is guided by a number of factors, all related to the pandemic and all guided by science. We know that in-person gatherings still pose a significant degree of transmission risk. Those risks are amplified as the number of individuals at an event increases, and when events are held indoors. Holding an in-person event would inevitably encourage travel of family and loved ones as a sign of support of this significant milestone, and while this is something we all yearn to see once more, it has the real potential of becoming a superspreader event - particularly as people return to their home city, state, or country.  We are Oregon’s only health and science university, and we need to serve as a role model to our wider community.

At an institutional level, we currently remain in a state of modified operations, limiting our ability to hold in-person events, and the state of Oregon continues to have restrictions on public gatherings. We simply don’t know in what ways this might change in the coming months, making planning exceptionally challenging.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Oregon, the United States, and the global community, there is still a great deal of uncertainty around the future. The vaccine rollout is bringing hope to many of us, but at this point it is too difficult to predict its impacts on the virus and its new variants, and therefore what case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths of our OHSU, state and national communities might look like in the summer. We are still faced with making difficult decisions to help keep our members, and all Oregonians, safe and well.

What can we tell you currently about these future events?

Our current graduates in health science professions have continued to endure an academic journey unlike other cohorts. Missing the opportunity to celebrate with a traditional graduation ceremony is a loss; making the decision now allows us to focus on creating a meaningful virtual event to honor our graduates, their families and friends. The Office of the Provost and the programs will follow up with event details for Convocation and the Hooding Ceremonies as they are solidified, and we will create a dedicated page for it on this public-facing site. In an ideal world, we would hope to welcome our graduates to a future Convocation when we are all able to convene safely. If that were to happen, we would reach out to these alumni.