Education at OHSU

Graduation and Commencement

Graduation refers to having your degree awarded. Commencement is the ceremony to celebrate your achievement. 


Applying to Graduate 

To graduate from OHSU, you must submit an Application for Graduation. Your application is the only way we know you are finishing your degree requirements! 

Apply for graduation in Student Self Service using the following Instructions

  • The application fee is $60 per degree, which will be applied to your student account. 
  • MD/MPH and MD/PhD students should use the Dual Degree Form to apply for your second degree.

Application for Graduation Deadline

The deadline to apply for graduation is Friday at midnight on the fourth week of the term for which you want to graduate. You are encouraged to apply for graduation in advance of your final term—graduation applications are accepted up to three terms in advance. 

  • To have your name listed in the Commencement program, both Spring and Summer graduates must apply to graduate by the Spring graduation deadline.
  • To Move Your Application to a Different Term, complete the Change of Graduation Term Form
  • If You Missed the Deadline, submit an Application for Graduation for the next available term THEN complete the Change of Graduation Term Form to move your graduation to the desired term.

Graduation Term Application Deadline
Summer (August or September) 2024 July 26, 2024
Fall (December) 2024 October 25, 2024
Winter (March) 2025 January 31, 2025
Spring (June) 2025 April 25, 2025


Your diploma will be mailed to you 6-8 weeks after the end of the term. Diplomas are mailed to the address on file in Student Self-Service. Please make sure your address is up to date before the last day of the term to ensure proper delivery of your diploma.

The Commencement and Hooding ceremonies provide a joyful occasion for you to celebrate your achievement with your classmates, friends, and family. However these celebrations are primarily symbolic, and your degree has not yet been awarded at the time they occur. Only after all grades have been submitted and we have double-checked that you meet all requirements will your degree be awarded and your diploma printed.

More Information About Diplomas


Commencement Participation Policy

You are welcome and invited to participate in the 2024 Commencement if you meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Your degree or certificate was awarded in Summer 2023 (August or September), Fall 2023 (December), or Winter 2024 (March).
  2. You will complete your degree or certificate requirements in Spring 2024 (June) have filed an Application for Graduation by the graduation application deadline for Spring term, and have taken all school-specific steps for degree or certificate completion (dissertation defense scheduling, exam scheduling, etc.) by the graduation application deadline for Spring term
  3. You will complete your degree or certificate requirements in Summer 2024 (August or September).
  4. You are enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Science, Emergency Medical Services Management, Paramedic Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy, or Doctor of Pharmacy program, will complete your degree requirements by September 30, 2024, and have filed a graduation application (if required) with the partner school by the appropriate deadline.

Hooding Participation Policy

Participation in the Hooding ceremonies is subject to school- and program-specific policies. Please contact your program for information.