Portland State University has a formal cap and gown ceremony at the end of Spring term in the Moda Center (formerly Rose Garden arena). As a university, we host two ceremonies on the same day to accommodate our growing number of graduates. As their names are read, each student crosses the stage to receive University-wide recognition and his or her diploma cover. Official diplomas are available mailed to the student after their graduation term. Each ceremony lasts approximately two and a half hours and is a ticketed event.
“Graduation” and “Commencement” are terms of art at PSU. “Graduation” means actually fulfilling your degree requirements resulting in a diploma. In other words, “Graduation” is the technical obtainment of credits to receive a degree.
“Commencement” is the symbolic ceremony marking the closing of your academic career where you receive commendation for your hard work at PSU. It is an opportunity for you, your family, friends, and the PSU community to celebrate your accomplishment.
If all degree requirements are met, degree information is displayed on official transcripts within one week of final grades posting. Diplomas are generally mailed within 2-3 weeks after your degree is posted to your records, except for fall term which will take 4-6 weeks due to holiday closures. Your diploma will be sent to the mailing address you provided on the graduation application.