School of Nursing

FAQs - Portland graduation

Female graduate getting a pin on her gown

Why is Graduation on  Sunday, June 7, 2020?
OHSU will be holding Convocation on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the Oregon Convention Center.  A variety of factors were taken into consideration when determining the date for the 2020 ceremony, primarily due to the OCC venue availability and the cpntractual incorporation of the other OHSU schools and administration.

How long will the graduation day last?
Student line up begins at 12:15 p.m.
The OHSU Convocation will begin at 1 p.m.
The SoN Hooding & Pinning Ceremony immediately follows Convocation at approximately 3:00p.m. and will be held in the Oregon Ballroom

A School of Nursing reception will be held in the lobby of theOregon Ballroom immediately following the SoN Hooding & Pinning Ceremony.

Do I need tickets for convocation? 
There are no ticket sales. Family and friends are free to attend both the OHSU Convocation ceremony and the School of Nursing hooding & Pinning ceremony. The Oregon Convention Center is 100% ADA accessible. Guests are welcome to attend and can see an usher for questions about ADA accomodations during both ceremonies.

Where can out of town graduates or family members stay?
For information on lodging, please contact the Portland Oregon Visitors Association at or 503-275-9750.
Many hotels offer rates for OHSU bookings. Please be sure to inquire when booking your accommodations.

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 April 15, 2020. Summer 2020 graduates (AccBacc) should submit no later than April 15, 2020.

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 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 March 30th.

How do I order Regalia?
Students participating in the Portland convocation ceremony are required to wear appropriate regalia. Rental regalia can be ordered online.

Online orders will close on April 10, 2020 and late orders are not accepted. 
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.  Purchasing a nursing pin is not a requirement of graduation. However, "Pinning" is specific tradition during the SoN ceremony for graduates of our baccalaureate programs and is not applicable to masters or doctoral graduates. Students will not receive a pin nor are they given a pin from their school at graduation. Therefore, students must bring their own purchased or gifted pin from home.

Graduates will be given a white ribbon prior to the ceremony. You will attach the pin to the ribbon. Carry the ribbon with you. As you cross the stage during the pinning ceremony, you will hand the ribbon to a faculty member on stage, and they will put the ribbon + pin on you.  

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 white ribbon as the pinning ritual during the ceremony.

Can I decorate my cap?
Yes, the cap is yours. This is your day to shine. Happy decorating.

How are latin honors recognized for undergraduate students? 
Latin Honors are based on students' GPA from the term prior to completing their program of study. For many students, this will be completion of winter term. It is important to note that Latin Honors for Accelerated Baccalaureate students are awarded at the end of summer term when their program of study is complete. The School of Nursing honor distinctions are determined according to the following cumulative grade point average:

  • Cum Laude: 3.80 - 3.89
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.90 - 3.99
  • Summa Cum Laude: 4.0

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), name cards, pins (if ordered through Klein Jewelers) and graduation day instructions at this time.  Please plan on attending this event if you will be graduating from either or Portland or Virtual campus.

  • Date May 28, 2020 - 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the OHSU Student Center
  • Date May 29, 2020 - 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the OHSU Student Center

When do I take my professional head shot for the Class of 2018 photo composite? 
All nursing students must have their head shots taken for the Class of 2018 photo composite on May 28, 2020 2p - 4p and/or May 29, 2020  10a -12pat the BICC Library 1st floor photography studio. Gowns and supplies will be available at the studio. It is not necessary to bring anything with you, but your smiles. For questions, contact Trina Ramirez at 

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. Additional fees apply to the home ship option. 

Who is eligible to graduate?
Students who have completed their program of study and are set to graduate during the 2019 - 2020 academic year are eligible to participate in the 2020 OHSU Convocation ceremony.  If you are unsure of your status, please be in contact with your program support staff.  

  • Graduate students (MN, DNP or PhD) - Portland and distance 
    Carolyn Kimpton at 503 494-2351 or via email at
  • Undergraduate students (Bachelors) - Portland campus
    Aleksandra Krstic at 503 494-4594 or via email at
  • RNBS students - Online campus
    Rachel Pirello 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, 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, Nurse Midwifery, Advanced Practice Gerontology Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

*Fall 2019 and Summer 2020 graduates.

When does my OHSU student health insurance end?
For questions about your OHSU student health insurance plan, contact the OHSU Benefits Office.  

When do I lose access to my OHSU email account? And, will I receive an OHSU alumni email address?
Prior to your program completion, the OHSU Registrar will send you an email offering the opportunity to sign up for OHSU Alumni Association email access. For questions or concerns, please contact the OHSU Registrars office at 503-494-7800.

When does my membership and access to the OHSU Student Center end?
For questions about your OHSU Student Life access, contact the OHSU Student Center. Please see their FAQ page and contact information.

When does my access to the OHSU March Wellness end?
For questions about your OHSU March Wellness membership, contact March Wellness.

Once I graduate, where do I access my transcripts and records?
All graduates of OHSU will access your transcripts and records at the OHSU Registrars Office. Your records will no longer be stored at the School of Nursing.

When will I receive my official diploma
All graduates will receive their diploma in the mail via the OHSU Registrar's office. For concerns or questions, contact the OHSU Registrar's Office.

I forgot to drop off my gown (and hood) after graduation. What do I do now?
Drop off your gown (and hood) at the SoN's Office of Student Services on the Portland Campus. 3rd floor across the hall from the student lounge in the drop box. Graduates keep your cap & tassel.