Congratulations Graduates!

Spring Commencement  will be on:

Monday, June 15th, 2015

University Graduation Celebration in Matthew Knight Arena


Tickets are not required for any university commencement ceremony. Graduates may bring as many guests as they wish. The ceremony should conclude around 11:00am.

Duck Walk Parade/Procession

Students and faculty will gather for line up at the corner of 13th Avenue and University Street in front of the EMU at 8:15am in regalia. Starting promptly at 8:45am our walk will start down 13th Avenue to Matthew Knight Arena. As graduates enter the arena, you will be greeted by staff, family and friends who will cheer you on as you are seated for the celebration. The ceremony will begin directly after the Duck Walk.

What makes Duck Walk more than just an academic parade is that students are dressed in regalia and asked to carry signs, decorate their mortar board cap, or wear symbolic family or organizational pieces. This is where each and every student can shine as an individual. Is there something that symbolizes your major? Does your student organization have a logo? Do you have a special message for Mom and Dad? Check out this video.

Guest Seating

Matthew Knight Arena will open at 7:30am for guest seating and all guests should be seated by 9:00am. Guests will be able to enter the building through the North and East entrances. Accessible seating will be available for guests requiring accommodation. If you or a member of your party needs wheelchair-accessible seating, please visit the Accessibility and Accommodations page for additional details about seating in Matthew Knight Arena. If you or a member of your party needs access to a sign language interpreter, please contact us at

Please note the following items are not permitted in the arena: Glass or alumnium containers, weapons, fireworks, laser pointers, explosives or munitions. Alcohol is also not permitted in the arena except in licensed areas where it may be legally dispensed.


Keynote Speaker:

Robert X. Fogarty

Robert is a 2005 graduate of the UO School of Journalism and Communication and founder of Dear World, a portrait project that unites people through pictures in his distinct message-on-skin style.Its precursor, Dear New Orleans, became an alternative platform for people to write love notes to their city. Before launching Dear World, Fogarty noticed that the simple portraits could be a vehicle for shared communication no matter race, religion or language. 

He has photographed Nobel Peace prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees. In addition, he documents every day heroes and others who have overcome adversity, including residents in tornado-devastated Joplin, Missouri, Syrian refugee camps, and Boston marathon survivors, sharing their messages about their healing and recovery.

During his keynote addresses, Fogarty tells some of the stories behind his favorite subjects. Often these are people he meets in places like in Joplin or Boston. 

Robert will be taking photographs of graduates who would like to participate in his Dear World Live @ UO Commencement portrait project in the Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom immediately following the University Graduation Celebration from 11am-6pm - tell your story and share your message with family and friends. Participants will receive a digital copy of their photograph.

Student Speaker(s):

  • Lesley Grant - Major: Japanese and Business with concentration in Marketing
  • Lindy Mabuya - Major: Family & Human Services

Information Booths

There will be four booths located around campus (see Commencement Map). Feel free to stop by one of these booths to request assistance or ask a question.

Commencement Map

Click here to view the current map.

Department Ceremonies

See the Schedule of Events for department ceremony schedule. (Please note, some departments may have their ceremony scheduled on different days.) For more details, contact your specific department or visit their webpages here.

Unable to attend? Join us for the live commencement webcast on the UO Channel.