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College of Engineering | Engineering Monthly, June 2022

From the Dean
Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D., P.E. (California)

As we wind down this academic year, I want to take a moment to congratulate the Class of 2022. Our graduates weathered significant challenges over the last few years. Despite the disruptions to education and day-to-day life, our students found ways to excel in their study, research, and career pursuits. I am continuously amazed by their resolve and determination. They all have remarkable stories to tell, and I cannot wait to see where they go.

I look forward to celebrating their success and welcoming them as Oregon State Engineering alumni at commencement on June 11. We will also celebrate our students with individual school graduation celebrations on June 10.

Please join me in wishing all of our graduates the best of success in the future.

Go Beavs!


School Graduation Celebrations
June 10 

Commencement 2022
June 11



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