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Largest graduating class in Oregon history requires two ceremonies

More than 6,000 Portland State University students — the largest class in Oregon history — will go through commencement services Sunday at the Rose Garden.

PSU’s 6,180 graduates will require two back-to-back ceremonies. College of Liberal Arts and Science students graduate at 10 a.m. All others graduate at 3:30 p.m.

The Class of 2013 comes from 49 states and 50 nations, and ranges in age from 16 to 72. The university will award about 4,425 bachelor’s, 1,675 master’s and 80 Ph.D. degrees.

Most of the out-of-state students come from Washington, California, and Hawaii. About 400 are international students with most from Saudi Arabia, China and Vietnam.

The PSU commencement speaker is Richard Tapia, Ph.D., the 2010 winner of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers. Among his many other honors, Tapia is the first Hispanic elected to the National Academy of Engineering.