Important information you need to know about Commencement.
Important information you need to know about Commencement.
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Dear Class of 2024 Graduate Students,

Commencement is just around the corner, and it is time to start planning for this big event!

Most communication about Commencement will be shared via your UP email. Please look for updates via email and read through all the messages, as they contain important information! 
Commencement Schedule Highlights 
Saturday, May 4, 2024
  • Graduate School Commencement Ceremony - 1:00 p.m.
  • Graduate Student Reception - immediately following the ceremony
  • Baccalaureate Mass - 4:00 p.m.
For a detailed schedule, please visit
Cap & Gown
Masters Students: 
You will order your cap and gown on the Commencement Checklist. You will purchase your cap and gown and get to keep it at the end of the ceremony. 
Doctoral Students:
You have two options for cap and gown. If you plan to purchase your cap and gown, please do so now as it takes time to receive them. 
Rent from the University: 
You can rent your cap and gown directly from the University. This is convenient for many students, eliminating the need to purchase and store academic regalia long-term if you do not plan to use your cap and gown again. You will rent the cap and gown using the Commencement Checklist (coming soon). 
Purchase from Jostens:
Alternatively, you may purchase your cap and gown from Jostens. Purchasing your regalia offers the advantage of owning it for future academic and professional occasions. However, it's crucial to note that ordering your cap and gown from Jostens requires planning. The production and delivery process typically takes a couple of months, so placing your order well before the Commencement ceremony is imperative. You may order it here
Grad Fair

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 1:00 pm - 5:00 p.m. | Franz Lobby

All soon-to-be graduates are encouraged to stop by for answers to questions or to purchase Commencement-related products.
What to Expect:
  • Order graduation announcements and rings
  • Visit the Pop-Up Portrait Studio, where you can get your picture taken by a professional photographer:
    • Cap and Gown photos - cap and gown provided
    • Professional headshots, for use on LinkedIn 
Visit the Commencement Website
Information about the schedules, cap and gown, tickets, and more is contained on the Commencement website: | 503.943.1901 | 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203
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