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OSU Is Considering Some In-Person Graduation Events

Oregon State University

Oregon State University could be holding some in-person graduation events this year.



OSU Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Dan Larson, said Friday that the main commencement ceremony will still be virtual due to the pandemic. But he said the school is evaluating whether it will be safe enough by mid-June to hold some smaller events. 

"If we had to make the decision today on today’s current public health conditions, probably not," he told the OSU Board of Trustees. "But as we think about and we watch to see how the conditions improve, we’re working to think of what that could look like in terms of celebrations, obviously outdoors and with other measures in place.”

Like most Oregon colleges and universities, OSU has not held in-person graduation celebrations since before the pandemic. 

"Again, we're just evaluating it, and we may determine that we just don't have enough knowledge yet about what it's going to look like in June to make any changes," said Larson. "But it's important to take a look at it, and recognize that some sort of in-person celebration is important."

Larson said plans for a return to mostly in-person classes this fall are still on track.


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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