Class of 2021

(Posted March 18, 2021)

Earlier today the Oregon Health Authority reduced restrictions for outdoor recreation. We are exploring how this decision impacts commencement, and how we might be able to add an in-person activity to our previously announced commencement plans. We are encouraged by the improving conditions related to COVID-19, however the safety of our entire community remains our highest priority and a guiding principle as we navigate moving operations in and out of different risk levels.

The university’s educational and research activities are still restricted by the governor’s orders for higher education issued last June. Campus remains closed to the general public.

We are excited to celebrate our graduates. We appreciate your patience as we work through ever-changing guidance during this pandemic and we will notify students as soon as any new plans are confirmed.


Commencement Day

Commencement 2021 will take place on Saturday, June 12. The day’s virtual events will begin with the university’s main commencement celebration from 9:00-10:00 a.m. PDT, followed by pre-recorded school and college ceremonies.

More information will be released during spring term, including the announcement of this year’s commencement speaker and how graduates can personalize their graduation slide for their school or college ceremony.

How to Participate

Graduates who wish to participate in this year’s commencement activities must opt in by May 15, 2021.

Those who opt in can participate in their school or college virtual commencement ceremony, and will receive a special celebration package prior to commencement day.

Potential graduates will be emailed more information at the beginning of spring term.

Graduation Essentials

From announcements to regalia, connect with The Duck Store to order your graduation essentials.

The Duck Store’s Grad Fair will be completely online. Caps, gowns, and a wide array of other regalia and memorabilia will be available. Packages include a UOAA membership and Duck Store gift card.

Apply for Your Degree

If you are planning to graduate this spring, you must apply for your degree by April 25, 2021, for undergraduates, and by April 9, 2021, for graduate students.

Applying for your degree is different from opting in to participate in commencement. In order to receive a degree from the UO, you must apply on DuckWeb or GradWeb. In order to participate in commencement activities, you will need to opt in.