Grads Give Back is a student-started program seeking to reduce barriers that under-resourced students might experience as they near graduation. In addition to that, the program breathes new life into what are traditionally single-use garments by allowing graduates to donate their gown for someone to use next year.

Grads Give Back is the result of collaboration among staff of the Associated Students of OSU (ASOSU), Campus Recycling, Memorial Union (M.U.) and Valley Library.

How to Give Your Gown

  Notice: Dates and locations for donating gowns are subject to change as we monitor COVID-19 mitigation requirements.

Do you already have a gown or plan to walk in Commencement? Please consider giving your gown and keeping your cap and cords as a memento! Gowns can be donated at:

  • Staffed stations outside Reser Stadium right after Commencement on June 13, 2020
  • The Valley Library main entryway Saturday - Monday, June 13-15, 2020 during open hours
  • The M.U. Info Desk
    • On Commencement day, June 13, before 4 pm
    • Year-round during MU open hours (note: the M.U. is closed the day after Commencement as they are not open weekends in the summer)
    • The MU will also accept mailed gowns, which can be sent to: Marriah De La Vega, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, MU 112, Corvallis, OR 97331

We are able to accept gowns if they are in good condition (not ripped/damp/damaged), solid black, and Jostens brand. We cannot accept caps, cords, or tassels. 

How to Receive a Gown

  Notice: Dates and details for receiving a gown are subject to change as we monitor COVID-19 mitigation requirements.

Students who feel that the cost of purchasing a graduation gown would prevent them from participating in Commencement with their peers are encouraged to pick up a free gown in spring term!

Gowns will be available for pick up in the Memorial Union Multipurpose Room #13 in the following timeframes for Commencement 2020:

  • Monday, April 27th from 2pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday, April 29th from 9am – 1pm
  • Monday, May 4th from 2pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday, May 6th 9am – 1pm

Gowns will be first come, first served, while supplies last.

For More Information

For questions, please contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.