2020 Virtual Commencement + Presidential Inauguration

Saturday, June 27, 2020 | Vimeo

Join us as we celebrate the graduating Class of 2020, and the inauguration of Dr. Christine Girard as the 18th President of NUNM! Due to public health considerations, and Oregon’s Stay Home, Save Lives order, these ceremonies will be held virtually, and made available immediately afterward for sharing with friends, family, and colleagues.

View the 2020 commencement brochure.

Inauguration of Dr. Christine Girard

Dr. Christine Girard began her tenure as the President of NUNM on July 1, 2019. She previously served as Executive Vice President of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), and is an NCNM alum. Dr. Girard’s inauguration can be viewed here: – https://vimeo.com/434509375/d8a57c3da6 Captions can be turned on using CC button in the bottom right corner of the video frame.

Commencement Ceremonies

Videos

School of Undergraduate Studies https://vimeo.com/434511382/a6f3fa6f53 Captions can be turned on using CC button in the bottom right corner of the video frame.

Featuring remarks from: Provost Smith, Student Speakers, Dean Irving, Ms. Lindsay Marshall, and President Girard.

School of Graduate Studies  https://vimeo.com/434511683/9cc202000a Captions can be turned on using CC button in the bottom right corner of the video frame.

Featuring remarks from: Provost Smith, Student Speakers, Dean Kunert, Dr. Chelsie Falk, and President Girard.

College of Classical Chinese Medicine – https://vimeo.com/434512062/af7f873d3e Captions can be turned on using CC button in the bottom right corner of the video frame.

Featuring remarks from: Provost Smith, Student Speakers, Dr. Bob Quinn, Honored Guests, and President Girard.

College of Naturopathic Medicine  https://vimeo.com/434512428/470718ac3c Captions can be turned on using CC button in the bottom right corner of the video frame.

Featuring remarks from: Provost Smith, Student Speakers, Dr. Heather Zwickey, Dean El-Hashemy, and President Girard.

Virtual Toast to Graduates

This year, in place of an in-person Grad Party, NUNM will host a Virtual Toast to Grads immediately followed the ND Commencement Ceremony.

Viewer FAQs

Will the ceremonies be held live? No, the ceremonies will be 100% pre-recorded. However, they will be hosted on Vimeo live, so we’ll be watching them together!

Will there be any live component to the ceremonies? Yes! Each ceremony will be hosted on Vimeo, which allows for multiple viewers to watch the same video while commenting on a single feed. We will also post content on NUNM’s social media channels throughout the week.

How can I support my grad(s)? While attending Commencement, we highly encourage all viewers to leave a message of encouragement for the grad or grads they’re supporting in the ceremony Vimeo chat. Just like leaving a Facebook comment!

Can I attend the Virtual Toast? Of course! To join this Zoom event, click on the link above at 4 p.m.

Graduate FAQs

What is my Commencement checklist? Your checklist of things to complete before Commencement includes a few things you’ve probably already done, a few things that are required, and a few things that are completely optional. No matter your program, here are the things you need to take care of prior to the big day:

  1. Submit the Graduation Application form to the Registrar’s Office
    • Email to Julia: jreisinger@nunm.edu
  2. Order Josten’s grad regalia, if desired
  3. Record your name at our 2020 NameCoach site.
  4. Submit the following information:
    • A professional headshot, grad photo, or nice picture of yourself (see below)
    • Your name, as you’d like it to be displayed
    • Any honors, or certificates/prior credentials you’ve completed

Will I be on-camera? No. The ceremonies are pre-recorded, meaning you won’t have to be “on-camera” at any point (unless you partake in any live components). We would like to project your image along with your name, the program you are graduating from, and any honors of additional certificates you’ve earned. If you would rather not have your image projected, please let us know. Want help getting a great shot? See details about a free photoshoot with Alumnus Jenny Affan below.

I still want to order graduation regalia. How can I do that? The NUNM Jostens site is open through the end of June. After the site closes, you can work with Jostens directly or you can work with us–we’ll make sure your order is taken care of! Remember: this year, regalia is optional. It is still a wonderful keepsake to have. 

How about grad photos? This year, NUNM is happy to offer a voucher for a single grad photo or a professional headshot, provided by Jenny Affan Photography. If you are in the Portland Metro Area, and you want a photo to celebrate, contact Jenny for details!

When will I get my diploma? Your diploma will be mailed to you following the ceremonies. You should receive it sometime in mid- to late-July. The Registrar’s Office can handle any questions about diploma printing directly.

I left stuff behind. What about my locker/mailbox? You can clear out your locker and/or mailbox at any time within regular business hours. Graduating students will have until the end of the Summer term 2020 to retrieve any items left behind. If you are already home from school and are not able to return to Portland, and still have things in your locker or mailbox, let us know. We’ll get them to you. 

Is the Grad Party still happening? It’s still happening! It’ll just look a bit different (i.e. more virtual than in-person). This will include the annual grad raffle, photobooth, and more!

What about an in-person ceremony? Yup! Once state, local, and public health authorities have made the determination that large groups can resume congregating safely in the Portland Metro Area, we will create an in-person celebration for grads (most likely at the Lair Hill Campus).

So… do I have to participate? If you don’t want to, you don’t have to (although we really hope you do!). The beauty of a virtual world is the option to opt-in to things… so if a virtual commencement isn’t your jam, we totally understand. 

…can I still watch it back later? Yup! Recordings of each ceremony will be made available through NUNM’s commencement site and various social media channels following their initial broadcast. Expect to see them, and be able to share them, by Sunday, June 28!

Past Graduations