The long-awaited Viking Pavilion hosted its first capacity event June 15, with the annual GSE Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony. This was the first time the GSE Academic Hooding was combined with an official commencement, enabling students to attend just one event. The GSE conferred 360 students with master’s and doctoral degrees while also performing the traditional hooding to signify advanced degree completion. The ceremony was recorded on Facebook for those who could not attend and is now available for viewing.
The newly renovated Viking Pavilion seats up to 3,500 guests and reopened to students, athletes, and visitors in April. It is intended to be used for PSU basketball games and multipurpose events. The venue was sustainably designed and has many new features that enhance the experience for guests, including two giant video screens at opposite ends of the space.
PSU’s newly inaugurated ninth president, Rahmat Shoureshi, officiated and was joined by Marvin Lynn for his first Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony as dean of the GSE. The special guest speaker was Karen Fischer Gray, Oregon’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year.
Students from the Graduate Teacher Education Program who are future music teachers assembled an impromptu choir for a superb rendition of the national anthem. The Bulls and Bears Drum Group performed a Native American honor song.