“Graduation” and “Commencement” are terms of art at PSU. “Graduation” means actually fulfilling your degree requirements resulting in a diploma. In other words, “Graduation” is the technical obtainment of credits to receive a degree.
“Commencement” is the symbolic ceremony marking the closing of your academic career where you receive commendation for your hard work at PSU. It is an opportunity for you, your family, friends, and the PSU community to celebrate your accomplishment. Official diplomas are mailed to the student after their graduation term. Details about submitting an application to graduate, and registering for one of Portland State's Commencement ceremonies can be found on the Commencement website.