Graduate School of Education students completing their programs need only attend a single ceremony this year. Traditionally, the GSE hosts a separate event from the University Commencement, Academic Hooding. For the first time, the school will instead host an official Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony, the first of five such events involving academic schools at PSU this spring. On June 15 in the newly renovated Viking Pavilion, the GSE will honor 340 students with master’s and doctoral degree diplomas while also performing the traditional academic hooding to signify advanced degree completion. The new pavilion seats up to 3,500 guests to accommodate graduates’ families and friends. This year, the GSE will also offer free childcare in collaboration with Little Vikings on a drop-in, as-needed basis.
PSU’s newly inaugurated ninth president, Rahmat Shoureshi, will congratulate graduates while Marvin Lynn officiates his first Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony as dean.
This year’s guest speaker is Karen Fischer Gray, the current superintendent of the Parkrose School District and the 2018 Oregon Superintendent of the Year. She has led Parkrose since 2007. Gray is the chair of the Oregon Educational Equity Advisory Group, which meets to increase the number of linguistically and racially diverse educators in Oregon. She is a former Spirit of Portland Award winner and served on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission from 2010 to 2015. Gray has worked in education for 36 years.
Tickets to the 27th Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony are obtained through the student graduates, who may contact the PSU Box Office.