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Senior Events

Join us at the Senior Events to maximize your last semester on the Bluff!

February 20: Grad Fair

Grad Fair is the one-stop way to get all the information you need about Commencement. All soon-to-be graduates are encouraged to stop by for answers to questions, or to purchase Commencement-related products.

April 9: Founders Day

Founders' Day is when the University of Portland pauses to celebrate its rich past and its promising future: the past as we honor the bold leaders who dared to dream of a Catholic university overlooking the Willamette River; the future as we learn from our most outstanding seniors whose research as undergraduates portends great things for the future.  In recognition of the importance of both the past and the future, the University holds no classes on a Tuesday in April and instead opens its doors to all to learn from our best and brightest students.

Founders' Day was an annual event dating back to the origins of the University.  It was revitalized in 2001 as a part of the University’s centennial celebration.  It has continued to grow since then and now is kicked off with an awards breakfast for graduating seniors, followed by senior presentations, panel discussions, recitals, and the Scholarship Luncheon, where students who receive financial aid from scholarships meet the benefactors whose generosity has helped them attend the University. 

May 2 - 3: After UP: Cap & Gown Pick up

Graduates are invited to celebrate your accomplishments as a UP student before Commencement. Pick-up your cap and gown and learn about ways to stay involved as you transition from students to alumni. 

Prost with Profs

May 4: Toast the Graduating Class

Before you're a GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade), don't forget to make your senior gift of $20.24 and give back to your favorite area on The Bluff. The Senior Class Campaign is a long-standing tradition of leaving a legacy for the program that mattered most to you during your time at UP. You can give to your favorite center, club, Pilot Athletics team, or other area that has impacted you. Your support helps ensure your favorite UP program continues into the future. Plus, your gift is tax-deductible and you'll get a Prost with Profs mug, Pilot pin, and two free drinks at Prost with Profs!