Oregon Tech’s Portland Campus Confers 216 Degrees during 32nd Annual Commencement Ceremony

Jun 21, 2018
Nearly 150 students participated in the ceremony on campus, surrounded by faculty, staff, family and friends.

PM Commencement 18Wilsonville, OR. –The Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” Class of 2018 moved their graduation tassels to the left on Sunday as President Nagi Naganathan, Ph.D., concluded the 32nd annual Portland-Metro Campus commencement ceremony held in Wilsonville. Across all Oregon Tech campuses, the Class of 2018 includes 721 individuals, some who received multiple degrees, amounting to 756 degrees awarded. Nearly 150 students participated in the ceremony on campus, surrounded by faculty, staff, family and friends.

This year included feature speaker, Virginia Lang, who serves as interim president and CEO of Oregon Business and Industry. Ms. Lang has worked as a government relations and management consultant with Oregon public universities and business organizations since retiring from CenturyLink, where she was responsible for telecommunications regulatory and policy matters with federal, state, and local elected and public officials.

PM Commencement 18 2Additional speakers on behalf of the university included Class of 1991 Electronics Engineering Technology alum, Roger Patteson, and graduating speaker, Health Informatics graduate, Peggy Hawkins.

In addition to President Naganathan, Student Awards were presented by Dr. Erin Foley, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

  • Outstanding Community Service Award – Craig Cedros, Stephanie Jameson
  • Student Achievement Award and Academic Achievement Award – Matthew Schacht
  • Outstanding Student Involvement Award – Peggy Hawkins

The Class of 2018 has a great future ahead of them with a current competitive edge of 97 percent of Oregon Tech graduates employed or in graduate programs within six months of graduation. The high return on investment is reinforced by the $58,000 starting median salary those graduates earn.

Congratulations Oregon Institute of Technology Class of 2018.


About Oregon Tech

Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the premier public polytechnic institution in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in engineering, health technologies, business, technology, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through applied, relevant learning and professional practice. Oregon Tech has a central, residential campus in Klamath Falls; an urban, industry-focused campus in Portland-Metro (Wilsonville); an Online campus; and offers degrees at Boeing Seattle and at other sites. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.


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