CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will hold an in-person celebratory event June 11 for 2020 and 2021 Corvallis campus graduates, the day before the university holds its formal virtual 2021 commencement ceremony.

“Many of our graduates have asked for the chance to celebrate commencement in person with their peers,” said Becky Johnson, OSU’s interim president. “This opportunity to celebrate in person is now possible because Benton County has moved to low COVID-19 risk.”

The Corvallis event will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and include an informal processional, departing from the Memorial Union and Valley Library quads and ending at Reser Stadium, where graduates will be seated and hear brief remarks from OSU leaders. Face masks will be required.

To contribute to public health safety, this event will be for graduates only. Because family and friends will be unable to attend, graduates will be given an opportunity to take their photo at booths set up in Reser Stadium. Additionally, a photo station will be set up June 7 to 10 in the Memorial Union for graduates to take photos.

Oregon State leaders are monitoring Deschutes County’s risk status and will keep the OSU-Cascades community informed of any changes in commencement plans for the Bend campus.

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 35,000 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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