CORVALLIS, Ore. – Steven Jackson, an Oregon State University alumnus, former Beavers football player and star NFL running back, will deliver the commencement address at the university’s 155th commencement ceremony

The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 15 at Reser Stadium on the Corvallis campus.

“Steven Jackson has been an inspiration to generations of Beavers for his leadership and accomplishments in athletics, philanthropy, media and the arts,” said Oregon State President Jayathi Murthy. “I am delighted that he will give the 2024 commencement address, inspiring and motivating graduates as they begin their lives beyond OSU.”

After playing for OSU from 2001 to 2003 and a 12-year career in the NFL, Jackson returned to OSU to complete his undergraduate education, earning a bachelor’s degree in human development and family science in 2020.

In 2022, Jackson created the Jackson Family Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund to support Oregon State’s strategic goal to recruit underrepresented faculty and staff. In 2023, he was inducted into the OSU Hall of Fame. Currently he serves on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the Oregon State University Athletic Director Board. 

Jackson was drafted as the 24th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft to the then St. Louis Rams and later played for the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. During 12 seasons, he amassed 11,438 rushing yards, 3,683 receiving yards and 68 touchdowns.

He is a three-time Pro Bowl running back, the all-time leading rusher for the Los Angeles Rams and 18th all-time leading rusher for the league. Jackson also is a four-time nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

He has served as an on-air commentator and analyst for ESPN and NFL Network, and often appears on Fox Business News discussing sports, business and philanthropy. In 2004, he launched the Steven Jackson Foundation, which supports literacy programs for children, after-school programs and new technology for schools. 

In 2014, he collaborated with artist Michael Kalish on an art exhibition at the Hamilton-Selway Gallery in Los Angeles and, most recently, he co-founded the lifestyle brand OBS and the Original Barber School in Las Vegas.

General OSU

About Oregon State University: As one of only three land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 36,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport, OSU Portland Center and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

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By Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, [email protected]


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