Portland State University Archives holds historical materials related to most PSU commencement ceremonies, starting with the first graduation ceremony at Vanport Extension Center in 1947. These materials may include programs, photographs, and audio or video recordings.
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Rukaiyah Adams, Brett Bigham, Frank A. Franklin, Avel Gordly, Kali Thorne Ladd, Jill Murfin, George Yoshio Nakata, Mario Milosevic, and William Parnell
The Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies for each College and School at Portland State University were held as separate virtual events with speakers for each. These ceremonies honored graduates who received their degrees in Fall 2020-Spring 2021.
Marian Wright Edelman
The program for the 2010 PSU Commencement ceremony on June 13, 2010.
Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, delivered the commencement address and was awarded an honorary doctorate by PSU President Wim Wiewel.
Richard Pimentel received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and delivered the commencement address at Portland State University's 2008 Commencement ceremony, June 14, 2008.
PSU President Michael Reardon introduces Pimentel and presents him with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. PSU Provost Roy Koch gives closing remarks.
The program for the PSU Commencement ceremony on June 11, 2005.
Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, delivered the commencement address and was awarded an honorary doctorate by PSU President Daniel Bernstine.
Congressman John Lewis received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and delivered the commencement address at Portland State University's 2004 Commencement ceremony, June 12, 2004.
PSU President Daniel Bernstine presented the degree. Closing remarks by PSU Provost Mary Kay Tetrault.
Portland State University held the Degree Convocation ceremony on June 11, 1971, 8:00 PM, at Portland Memorial Coliseum.
Senator John Kerry delivered the commencement address, "America Abroad: The Challenge of Reconsideration."