Graduation Ceremony & 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

November 18, 2017

It’s OU’s official 10-year anniversary cultivating leaders and providing education for the cannabis industry. Unofficially it’s been over 20 years since the Oaksterdam community and its leaders provided a safe place to medicate and educate in the area.


Oaksterdam University as well as the community, endured a lot over the past 20 years fighting for cannabis rights and freedoms. Activists, entrepreneurs, students, faculty and citizens have protested, progressed and now – years later – are starting to prosper in an industry we weren’t sure would exist. That is why it is so important that we celebrate this joint success this November 18th right here in the heart of Oaksterdam and directly across from beautiful Lake Merritt.

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November 18, 2017
Scottish Rite Center,
Oakland CA

Graduation Ceremony
5:00pm – 6:30pm
10 Year Anniversary Celebration & Award Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Scottish Rite Center



The Graduation & Award Ceremony will be held in Oakland, CA, at the Scottish Rite Center, nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Merritt. Lake Merritt boasts an elegantly lit 3.5-mile shoreline walk, many different lawn and shaded areas to enjoy picnics or to just hang out with friends, and offers lakeside dining or kayak rentals at the landmark Lake Chalet shoreline restaurant.

The Grand/Lakeshore District is also home to many different shops; the Oaktown Spice Shop and Lakeview Bicycles, and delicious restaurants; Lakeshore Cafe and Sidebar, and classic venues including the gorgeous Grand Lake Theater, one of the nation’s top ten vintage theaters, which was completed in the spring of 1926, and is a staple of Oakland’s history.


Doors Open: 5:00pm
Ceremony: 5:30pm-6:30pm

The Graduation & Award Ceremony will be held in the Scottish Rite Centers main ballroom. The graduation ceremony is open to Alumni of Oaksterdam from April of  2012 to present. Alumni must RSVP in order to reserve a space at graduation. 

The graduation ceremony is open to guests of all ages to come and watch. Bring your family and friends but don’t forget to RSVP and let us know how many people you are bringing. Graduates will receive a special commemorative certificate of graduation from Richard Lee, Dale Sky Jones and Dr. Aseem Sappal. A photographer will also be present for alumni to take photos with Oaksterdam Founder Richard Lee and other Oaksterdam faculty and pioneers.

Attending the graduation ceremony is absolutely free.

*Everyone interested in attending the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration including graduates must purchase tickets to the event.

O’Dammy Awards Show

The O’Dammy’s was an annual awards show that we held to recognize Oaksterdam staffers for their great work, contribution and dedication during a time when things weren’t so friendly. The O’ Dammy’s is back and this time we have an entire community to thank.

We’d like to take the time to thank and recognize the numerous advocates, activists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, students, alumni, faculty, staff and everyday citizens that have stood up for cannabis.

Please join us as we look at the past, the present, the future and thank a movement like no other.  


Dinner will be served in an elegant fashion, with plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians and non-vegetarians.  Dinner will be served during the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration.

RSVP & Tickets

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Graduation Ceremony RSVP

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Free to everyone of all ages. All attendees, graduates (alumni) and guests must RSVP. Graduates, please register both yourself & your guests below. 

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10 Year Anniversary Celebration & O’Dammy’s Award Show

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

General admission tickets as well as VIP tickets are available. VIP tickets include seating at a reserved table with Oaksterdam University faculty. VIP ticket holders will also receive a special VIP gift bag with all kinds of goodies that are definitely worth the cost of the ticket.  No refunds for tickets 48 hours after purchase.

Ticket Prices 

Early Bird Price

Before Oct. 31, 2017

After Nov. 1, 2017 At the Door

Admission $59.95

Admission x2 $99.95

VIP Admission  $99.95

VIP Admission x2  $174.95

Admission $74.95

Admission x2 $124.95

VIP Admission $124.95

VIP Admission x2 $199.95

Admission $100

Admission x2 $150

VIP Admission NA

VIP Admission x2 NA

*No refunds for tickets 48 hours after purchase

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