Education at OHSU

Graduation and Convocation

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


I just attended the graduation ceremony. How do I get my diploma?
The Convocation 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. Your diploma will be mailed to you within 6-8 weeks after the end of the term.


Applying to Graduate 

To graduate from OHSU, you must submit an  Application for Graduation online through Student Self-Service.

How to Apply to Graduate

Please be aware of the following: 

  • The application fee is $60. The fee will be applied to your student account after you submit your application. 
  • Your graduation application is the only way we know when you will finish your degree requirements! If your plans change, complete this form to move your graduation application to a different term.
  • Dual degree students earning their second degree (MD/MPH, MD/PhD) must apply using the dual degree graduation form

Application for Graduation Deadline

The deadline to apply for graduation for a given term is Friday of the fourth week of that term at midnight.

  • You are encouraged to apply for graduation in advance of your final term: this deadline is the very last date on which you can apply
  • If you have missed the deadline to apply for the current term, apply for the next available term and complete this form to move your application to the current term
  • Spring and Summer grads: For your name to be listed in the Convocation program, you must apply to graduate by the Spring graduation deadline (April 22, 2022)

If your plans change, use this form to request to move your graduation application to a different term. 

  • If you don’t finish your requirements in the term you applied to graduate, please submit the form right away! Otherwise we may cancel your application and you will need to reapply and pay the fee again.
Graduation Term Application Deadline
Winter (March) 2022 March 4, 2022 (deadline extended)
Spring (June) 2022 April 22, 2022
Summer (August or September) 2022 July 22, 2022
Fall (December) 2022 October 21, 2022
Winter (March) 2023 February 3, 2023
Spring (June) 2023  April 28, 2023

Convocation Participation Policy

You are welcome and invited to participate in the 2022 Convocation if you meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Your degree or certificate was awarded in Summer 2021 (August or September), Fall 2021 (December), or Winter 2022 (March).
  2. You will complete your degree or certificate requirements in Spring 2022 (June) have filed an Application for Graduation by the deadline (April 22, 2022), and have taken all school-specific steps for degree or certificate completion (dissertation defense scheduling, exam scheduling, etc.) by the graduation application deadline (April 22, 2022).
  3. You will complete your degree or certificate requirements in Summer 2022 (August or September).
  4. You are enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Science, Emergency Medical Services Management, Paramedic Education, or Doctor of Pharmacy program, will complete your degree requirements by September 30, 2022, 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.