CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will graduate a record 7,128 students during its 149th commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. for the event, which is free, open to the public and held rain or shine. Tickets are not required.
The 7,128 graduating students will receive 7,435 degrees. (There will be 289 students receiving two degrees and nine who will receive three degrees.) They will add to the ranks of Oregon State alumni, which have earned 250,516 degrees over the university’s history.
The commencement address will be given by Harley Jessup, an Oregon State alumnus and renowned animation production designer who has won an Academy Award and an Emmy Award for visual effects.
Jessup was born in Corvallis in 1954 and his family relocated to California shortly after. He returned to enroll at Oregon State and earned a bachelor of fine art degree in graphic design in 1976.
He received an Academy Award in 1988 for visual effects in the film, “Innerspace.” He was also nominated for an Academy Award in visual effects for his work on “Hook” and received an Emmy Award for special visual effects in 1985 for “The Ewok Adventure.”
Now with Pixar Animation Studios, Jessup served as production designer for “Coco,” which won the Academy Award this year in the category of Best Animated Feature Film.
Some facts and figures about OSU’s class of 2018:
Each OSU graduate has a compelling story. For example:
About 4,200 graduating students are expected to attend commencement, according to Rebecca Mathern, associate provost and university registrar. Oregon State is one of the only universities of its size to hand out actual diplomas to students as they graduate.
The ceremony will be broadcast in HD live on OPB PLUS and at http://commencement.oregonstate.edu/live-stream.
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 34,000 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.