During commencement, we celebrate with graduating science students as they march across the stage, cheered on by family and friends. We feel the pride of their parents who watched their son or daughter turn into wise young adults, ready to take the next steps in their lives. Not only have students changed because of what they have learned while on campus, but the University and the College of Science have also changed for the better since students’ time here.Oregon State University 2012 Commencement, with Keynote Speaker, Michelle Obama. Photographs by Chris Ho Photography, on June 17, 2012.

As graduates of the College of Science, you have not only mastered the content in your courses, whether it is biochemistry & biophysics, mathematics, statistics, integrative biology, chemistry, microbiology or physics, you have brought your knowledge into the classroom, community, lab, hospitals and other organizations. Through the discoveries you have made, the formulas you helped develop, the experiments you conducted, the hypotheses you tested, and the many contributions you have made, you have demonstrated your commitment to science, OSU, and most importantly to yourself.

In Science, we never say good-bye to you, our shiny, new science graduates. You are always a part of Beaver Nation. Once you are an alum of Science at OSU, you always remain an alum and a friend of science. I hope that you will return to campus often and let us know the paths your life takes. You are our hope for the future of science and we are interested to hear about your progress, excellence and impact.  Your success is our success!

We wish you a wonderful summer and start in your professional life. Go make a change in the world!


All the best,



Sastry G. Pantula

Dean, College of Science

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the end of spring term or took a break from studying. We had nearly 1,000 students and faculty turn out to enjoy a Voodoo Doughnut and coffee. Even though the crowds were dense at times, Dean Sastry Pantula, Associate Dean Julie Greenwood and Physics Professor David McIntyre helped move things along by handing out the much-loved doughnuts.

It was nice to see everyone on this beautiful afternoon. Good luck on your final exams, projects and papers! Check out the photos below to see if there’s anyone you know.

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