CORVALLIS, Ore. -- More than 7,300 students are expected to walk across the stage on Saturday at Oregon State University.
It’s the first in-person graduation ceremony in three years.
Hayley Zimny, a student at OSU, will graduate with a biology degree.
“It obviously is super important to me, I have been going to school here for four years. This is where I met my best friends, the happiest I’ve been in my life,” Zimny said
Bayley Dehn will walk in the fall, but says she met lifelong friends in Corvallis.
“We go on drives at three o’ clock in the morning and you find the type of people you want to stay up all night talking to and honestly, like she said, making our best friends has been the best part of this experience,” Dehn said.
From all-nighters in the library to watching upsets at Reser Stadium and Gill Coliseum, the class of 2022 is thankful they got to chance to see so much and experience graduation in person
Sara Rumbaugh, Lucy Yusem and Brianna Donnerd said it was the late night pizza and professors that made Corvallis special.
“I thought the faculty were just really into it. That just made it all fun. The campus is beautiful. I always loved studying at the library or coffee shop,” Donnard said.
“I love Oregon State, I feel like there is a good sense of community here and I’m very sad to be moving on, but I'm excited for the next chapter,” Rumbaugh said.
As they say, when one chapter closes another one opens. For these five friends, a piece of their lives will always be written in Corvallis.
“So we had a lot of classes together and like they said, we'd get together and just study for a huge exam, we just bonded through that adversity, cried a couple of tears,” Donnerd said.
Gates open to Reser Stadium at 9 a.m. and commencement is expected to start at 10:30 a.m. The event is free to attend and will be held rain or shine.