Oregon State University-Cascades will see 331 students graduate on Sunday, the third-largest graduating class in school history. It will also have more students of color and first-generation college graduates than ever before, according to a university press release.
Students of color make up 20% of the Class of 2019, and 40% of graduates are the first in their families to earn a college degree, the release states.
Nearly all of the graduates are Oregonians — 95% — and 67% are from Central Oregon. There are also graduates from Kazakhstan and Oman, along with eight other U.S. states, according to the press release. The average age of the graduating class is 30, and 3% of graduates are U.S. military veterans.
The graduation ceremony, which will take place at Les Schwab Amphitheater at 4 p.m. Sunday, will feature a commencement address from Alyssa Macy, the chief operating officer for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Student body president Reilly King and graduating senior Hunter Kennelly will also give speeches.