May Undergraduate Commencement Schedule

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Award Ceremony and Commencement Rehearsal

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center | McCready Hall

Participants in the Commencement Ceremony are required to attend the rehearsal, and all undergraduate students from the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business and College of Education are encouraged to attend.

Each graduate's name will be read to ensure that it will be pronounced correctly, and instructions about the processional and seating arrangements will be given. In addition, awards are given for outstanding students in the various colleges, departments, divisions, and programs.



Friday, May 18, 2018


3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center | McCready Hall

Baccalaureate is a pre-commencement event for all graduates to celebrate themselves and this rite of passage. Baccalaureate typically combines dance, choral and instrumental music, poetry, and readings from a wide variety of traditions -- all presented by the graduates themselves. It is a time of reflection and a time to look toward the future. All graduates, family members and friends are invited: students do not wear regalia.

If you would like to serve on the planning committee or perform in the program, please contact Angie Surratt in the PIC at 503-352-3168 or by email at


4:30 p.m.
Lawn on North side of Old College Hall.

A reception for all students and guests will immediately follow Baccalaureate. Students are encouraged to participate in Sign, Shake & Ring after the reception.

Sign, Shake & Ring

5:00  p.m.
Old College Hall

Graduates are invited to join the University President, Lesley Hallick, at Old College Hall to signify leaving the University by ringing the bell and signing the Book of Alumni.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Graduates Assemble

8:30 a.m.
Stoller Center Fieldhouse

Graduates should arrive already in cap and gown to assemble for the processional. Graduates will be lined up by the Registar's Office Staff to assemble for the Processional.

Commencement Ceremony

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Business

College of Education

9:30 a.m. Ceremony Starts
Hanson Stadium

New Alumni Reception

11:30 a.m.

Directly after the ceremony, a reception for graduates and their guests will be in the University Center, Washburne Hall