Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center
History of Commencement
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1989 The policy on seniors taking finals was re-implemented in 1989. However, great efforts by the Registrar's office enable most students to get their own diploma at the ceremony.

1991 Eremurus flowers, grown especially for OSU commencement by the A.J. Stone Family of Amity, Oregon, decorated the Coliseum (and previously the Men's Gymnasium) from 1948 through 1991. The flowers are commonly called Desert Candle or Fox-tail Lily. Beginning in 1992, orange gladiolas have been used.

(Harriet's Photograph Collection #492)
(Harriet's Photograph Collection #492)

1993 Bagpipers were first used in the procession.

1999 The University Honors College awarded 48 honors baccalaureate degrees. Honors graduates wore special honors regalia: black tams instead of mortarboards with burgundy stoles and medals.

2000 Separate graduate and undergraduate ceremonies were held. The graduate ceremony was held on Sunday morning, June 11th, at the LaSells Stewart Center. The undergraduate ceremony was held that afternoon in Gill Coliseum.

2001 First outdoor commencement ceremony in Reser Stadium on June 17.