School of Nursing

Portland Campus and Online Graduation

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.,
Portland, Oregon 97232 

The SoN Ceremony will be held in the “Oregon Ballroom”
The reception will be held in the “Oregon Ballroom Lobby”

Part I: OHSU Convocation

12:15 p.m. Student Line Up begins  ( Exhibit Hall A1)
12:15p.m. Doors open for guest seating. No tickets necessary. (Exhibit Hall C / D)
1:00 p.m. OHSU Convocation begins ( Exhibit Hall C & D )
2:30p.m. OHSU Convocation estimated to conclude.

  • At the end of OHSU Convocation, all students, all faculty and all guests will immediately exit Exhibit Hall C / D. 

Part II: SoN Hooding & Pinning Ceremony

2:30p.m. Nursing students and faculty re-assemble for SoN ceremony 
3:00p.m. SoN Ceremony in the “Oregon Ballroom”

Part III: SoN Reception

4:15p.m. - 5:30p.m. School of Nursing reception. No tickets necessary. All are welcome. The reception will be held in the “Oregon Ballroom Lobby”

2019 OHSU Convocation Video

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Ore. 97232

Important Graduation Information
School of Nursing Graduate Instructions for Graduation Day! 
Nursing Grads are strongly encouraged to review this document to ensure that you are well informed about the events and instructions you need to follow for Graduation Day.

Graduation Checklist    COMING SOON
The OHSU School of Nursing has created a Graduation Checklist for 2020 for graduates to refer to during the months preceding convocation. This checklist outlines the items students will need to complete, including the application for degree, convocation RSVP, ordering your cap &gown (plus hood for MN, DNP, and PhD), dates for class photos, etc. Graduates are strongly encouraged to review this document to ensure all appropriate steps have been taken and all necessary paperwork has been submitted. 

The OHSU Registrar's Office is now set up to allow students to apply for degree within your student information system. Students must apply to graduate through the student information system account. Log in to the Student Information System, SIS, click on Student Services tab, click on Student Records and then click on 'Apply to Graduate'. 

This application should be completed and returned to the OHSU Registrar no later than April 15th 2020 for Spring graduates. Summer 2020 graduates wishing to participate in the ceremony and/or have their information included in the program need to submit their applications no later than April 15th 2020

Students can check in Students Services / Degree Works to see if their Application for Degree has been received and processed. When processed, the Application for Degree field will be checked off. For further questions, please contact OHSU's Registrar's office at 503-494-7800.

Quick Guide: How to Apply to Graduate Online

In order to help with our planning process we will ask that all students eligible to participate in convocation please submit an RSVP even if you are not planning to attend.

SoN Ceremony RSVP

Please RSVP submit form for attendance. This does not substitute for your application for degree.

Graduation announcements will be available for purchase through Herff Jones in February 2020. Personalized OHSU Graduation Announcements may be purchased separately or in conjunction with cap/gown/announcement packages.

Elite Frames is the official manufacturer of OHSU diploma frames and will have diploma frames on display and available for order at the 2020 Grad Fair - May 28th and May 29th

To save time, ensure they have the frame style you wish and avoid shipping charges on special order frames, it is advised that you pre-order your frames by going to eliteframes and your frame will be ready for pick up at the event. Place pre-orders by 5/14/2020. Frames are also available at the OHSU Student Center Store, but not all frames or picture frame moulding options are available as compared to the website.

Regalia is required of all student graduates and faculty participating in the OHSU School of Nursing convocation ceremony. Students participating in the 2020 Portland convocation ceremony on June 7, 2020 are required to wear (order) regalia. Order rental regalia online from Herff Jones.

Order information-  Select "Order a Cap and Gown" for students

Regalia Order deadline is April 10, 2020.  

Students can elect to pick up pre-ordered regalia during the two day Grad Fair in May or have it shipped to their home address (additional fees for home shipping apply). This is rental regalia and needs to be returned directly following the ceremony on June 7.

GradImages is the official commencement photographer for the OHSU School of Nursing Hooding & Pinning Ceremony. A photographer will be stationed at Stage Exit and will take a complimentary photo of you after you've crossed the stage. Your photo proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering in simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. Although there's never any obligation to order, you'll save 20% off orders of $50 or more for your participation.

Pre-register (optional) for your commencement proofs

Purchasing a nursing pin through Klein Jewelers is completely optional. 

Klein Jewelers in Portland is the exclusive supplier of OHSU nursing pins and has been making our pins since 1927. Undergraduate nursing students have the option to purchase a nursing pin or can also receive a hand me down keepsake from a loved one. Undergraduate nursing students will be pinned by a faculty representative at the pinning ceremony on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Students interested in ordering a nursing pin should submit the order form to Klein Jewelers directly by March 22, 2020.

OHSU will be holding the annual graduation fair in May at the OHSU Student Center on the Marquam Hill campus in Portland. This is the graduation regalia and packet pick up expo.

Graduates should make all efforts to attend and pick up their 1) Regalia (caps & gowns plus hoods for grad level), 2) Nursing Pins for UGrads only, 3) Latin Honor Cords for UGrads only, 4) Name Cards for Graduation, 5) Student instructions for Graduation Day, and 6) pre-purchasing a Diploma Frame during this event. Graduates participating in the June 3 ceremony who are unable to attend during the time below should ensure they select "home shipment" when ordering regalia. Additional fees for home shipments.

Note: It is acceptable for graduates to send a representative in their name to pick up for them.

Grad fair dates and times at the OHSU Student Center on Marquam Hill campus

Day 1: May 28, 2020 

Day 2: May 29, 2020

Head shot photos, dates and times:

Get your head shots taken for the Class of 2020 composite displayed in the Portland SoN. Summer AccBaccs will have these photos taken later in the summer.

Day 1: May 28, 2020 

Day 2: May 29, 2020

Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree is earned. Individual institutions delineate specific requirements that must be met to obtain these honors. Most institutions confer three levels of Latin honors:

  • Cum Laude "with honor / praise": 3.80 - 3.89
  • Magna Cum Laude "with great honor / praise": 3.90 - 3.99
  • Summa Cum Laude "with highest honor / praise": 4.0

Honor distinctions are bestowed upon Baccalaureate graduates at the OHSU School of Nursing. This honor is based on the cumulative grade point average for nursing courses through the term prior to program degree completion. It is important to note that Latin honors for Accelerated Baccalaureate students are awarded honor cords at the time of program degree completion.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Graduation can be a stressful time for many students which may generate a variety of questions.  To help alleviate any undue stress, we have created a FAQs page to help answer many of the common questions encountered during the months leading up to the ceremony.

If you have any additional questions relating to graduation or graduation activities please e-mail Trina Ramirez at

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