Students at commencement

University of Oregon commencement activities, including departmental ceremonies, will not be held as in-person events this year. However, we are working hard on alternative ways to deliver a meaningful experience to our graduates and their families, in order to honor the culmination of their academic journey. Additional details will be released in the coming weeks. We will reach out to potential graduates as well as update this website as information becomes available.

The University of Oregon announced that we will be providing remote education for all of spring term. In light of this change, we made the difficult decision that UO commencement activities, including departmental ceremonies, will not be held as in-person events this year.

We don't have enough information at this time to announce if or when we would do a future in-person event. We want students and families to be able to cancel or avoid travel penalties at this time. We promise to communicate any future plans with as much advance notice as possible.

We understand the impact of this decision and did not make it lightly. However, to protect the health and safety of students and their guests, and given the current directives regarding the coronavirus and the uncertainty about when they will change, we believe it was prudent to not hold an event that brings approximately 38,000 people to campus. We know this is disappointing.

Please know we are working hard on alternative ways to deliver a meaningful experience to our graduates and their families, in order to honor the culmination of their academic journey. The objective hasn’t changed, even though the method will. We know it is not the same, but are committed to doing all that we can to celebrate your achievements.

Additional details will be released in the coming weeks. We will provide additional updates via email and this website as information becomes available.

R. Kevin Marbury
Vice President for Student Life