Marylhurst Commencement Celebration

Commencement is the traditional graduation ceremony, and Marylhurst University holds its annual commencement in June. You are eligible and invited to participate if you were awarded a diploma during the previous fall or winter terms or have applied to graduate for spring or summer term.

2017 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 a.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom
777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR


Key Directions for Graduating Students

First, make sure to RSVP for the Commencement ceremony.  Second:

  • Arrive by 9 a.m. to check in (student robing room is F149-152 on Level 1)
  • No tickets are needed – ceremony is free and you may invite as many guests as you like
  • Bring your cap, gown and tassel
  • Beyond the above, the less you bring the better. Have a friend or family member hold your purse or bag
  • No balloons inside the ballroom (sorry, Oregon Convention Center rules)

Photography is absolutely allowed. Families are encouraged to capture the commencement moment. However, Marylhurst University is providing professional photographers who will photograph each graduate on stage as he or she receives that diploma. These memorable photos will be available to graduates and their families free of charge (through a downloadable website). So sit back, enjoy the event and don’t worry about jumping over aisles to get the perfect shot. We’ve got you covered.

Transportation, Parking and Lodging for Commencement

Parking is available around the Oregon Convention Center. Just plan ahead to give yourself time to find appropriate parking.

Lodging near the Oregon Convention Center is available at multiple hotels and motels. Make sure to book your room(s) well in advance. If you’re looking for a hotel near Marylhurst University’s campus, the options are bit more limited. Most are located more than five miles away.

Accessible Accommodations

If you are a Marylhurst student who has specific accessibility needs or wants to request accommodations for your documented disability for any of the commencement activities, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services by June 1. We regret that we may be limited in our ability to honor requests received after this date. The Oregon Convention Center is accessible under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. We recommend early arrival to accommodate invited guests who may need accessible parking and seating.

Contact Information

Pre-Commencement Celebrations and Hooding Ceremonies

Prior to Saturday’s commencement for all graduates, we celebrate all week long with graduate program presentations, hooding ceremonies, Baccalaureate Mass, and a celebratory reception.

Master’s Degree Presentations / Hooding Ceremonies
Thursday, June 22
Art Therapy Open House, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Old Library
M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Presentations, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wiegand Technology Center
M.A. in Teaching & M.Ed. Hooding Ceremony, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Flavia Salon

Friday, June 23
Art Therapy Open House/Hooding, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Old Library
Religious Studies / M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies Hooding Ceremony, 4 to 5 p.m., Wiegand Chapel
M.B.A. Hooding Ceremony, 4 to 5 p.m., St. Anne’s Chapel

Baccalaureate Service
Friday, June 23, 2017

For master’s and bachelor’s degree candidates, Marylhurst’s baccalaureate is a Catholic Mass celebrated to give thanks for the achievements of the graduates, to ask God’s blessing on their future and to honor the event of graduation. // More info

All bachelor’s and master’s candidates are invited to attend. Graduates are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns. Family and friends are welcome.

Graduation Celebration and Reception
Friday, June 23, 2017

We celebrate with all graduates and their friends and families in the Hawthorn Room, Clark Commons, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. // More info

We’ll also be recognizing our Honors Society recipients in Flavia Salon at 5:00 p.m. // More info

Purchase Your Cap and Gown

You can pre-order your cap & gown online in the spring prior to commencement, pick it up and pay for it at the campus store from April through the Friday before commencement. You’ll receive an email from us when your cap and gown are ready for pick up.

PRE-ORDER your cap and gown here

At Marylhurst University, bachelor’s regalia consists of a black gown and a black cap with a tassel. The tassel color indicates the specific field of study. When you pre-order your cap and gown, the appropriate tassel (based on  your major) will be included.

Master’s candidates also wear a black hood lined with blue and gold, representing Marylhurst University, and faced with the color indicating the specific field of study.

For a list of tassle and hood colors, see the Academic Regalia section of our Commencement FAQ.

Got Further Questions about Graduating or about Commencement?

We compiled answers to the most commonly asked questions about graduating from Marylhurst and our annual commencement ceremony, like who is eligible to walk in the ceremony, how do I wear my tassel or hood, can I bring all of my friends and relatives to the ceremony, and do I need tickets?

// View our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about graduating and commencement