All ceremonies will be held in the university’s sports dome, highlighted by the return of U.P. alumnus and actor Kunal Nayyar.
All ceremonies will be held in the university’s sports dome, highlighted by the return of U.P. alumnus and actor Kunal Nayyar.
The University of Portland will hold commencement ceremonies for the graduating class of 2022 April 30 – May 1, in its first in-person commencement since 2019. All ceremonies will be held in the university’s sports dome, highlighted by the return of U.P. alumnus and actor Kunal Nayyar.

On Saturday, April 30, there will be an Air Force and Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m. comes commencement for the School of Nursing and a pinning ceremony. Speaker will be Marla Salmon, a University of Portland alumna and professor of nursing and global health at the University of Washington. Salmon is former dean of both the University of Washington and Emory University nursing schools. Her career focus is on health workforce policy and capacity building nationally and globally.

The baccalaureate Mass is set for 5 p.m. April 30.

On Sunday, May 1, commencement for the Pamplin School of Business and Shiley School of Engineering takes places at 10 a.m. Commencement for the College of Arts & Sciences and School of Education begins at 2 p.m.

Speaker for both May 1 ceremonies is Nayyar, a 2003 U.P. graduate with a bachelor’s in business administration who took up acting in college. In 2007, he landed a lead role in “The Big Bang Theory,” a CBS sitcom that aired 2007-2019. He is in the TV series “Suspicion” and will play the title role in the upcoming film “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.”

Special honorees include Thomas Landy, who will receive the Christus Magister Medal, the university’s highest honor. Landy is a scholar in the sociology of religion who is director of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross.

Honorary degrees in public service will go to four recipients.

Holy Cross Father Richard Berg, a graduate of the U.P. class of 1954, is former dean of the U.P. College of Arts & Sciences and founding executive director of the Maybelle Center for Community in Northwest Portland, previously called the Macdonald Center.

Mary Boyle, a University of Portland Regent, is a community leader and philanthropist. Boyle and her husband, Columbia Sportswear Chairman President and CEO Tim Boyle, have contributed to the arts, scientific research, and medicine in the Portland area.

Winifred Quinn is a nursing advocate and director of advocacy and consumer affairs for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. Quinn co-leads The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a national initiative dedicated to improving health care and achieving health equity through nursing.

Melody Routley is a nursing industry leader in greater Portland and a registered nurse program manager for Kaiser Permanente. She has worked with University of Portland faculty to create new education models.

U.P. will give an honorary degree in humane letters to Gloria Purvis, a Catholic media commentator, author, and the host and executive producer of The Gloria Purvis Podcast in collaboration with America Media. Through her media presence, she has been a strong Catholic voice for life issues, religious liberty and racial justice.