University Commencement Celebration

Congratulations Graduating Ducks!

This day will mark an important milestone in your academic career. Your degree represents an incredible journey of academic dedication and scholastic accomplishment. 

We are proud to welcome you with a day of celebration and activities to recognize all you have accomplished.

Parking and Shuttles

Commencement day parking is available at Autzen Stadium with free shuttles to campus. Accessible parking is located on the main campus but space is limited.

Grad Parade

Grad Parade is one of our favorite traditions. Graduates and faculty will gather at the corner of 13th Avenue and University Street in front of Erb Memorial Union at 8:15 a.m. in regalia. This is where every graduate can shine as an individual as they parade down 13th Avenue to Matthew Knight Arena for the main event. We encourage graduates to have fun.

Guest Seating

Guest seating is limited and all guests must have a ticket to enter. Matthew Knight Arena will open at 7:00 a.m. for guest seating and all ticketed guests should be seated by 9:00 a.m. Guests will be able to enter the building through the north and east entrances.

To enhance public safety and make arena access more efficient, the University of Oregon has adopted a clear bag policy. Guests may bring in one (1) clear bag no larger than 12" x 6" x 12" or a 1-gallon plastic storage bag. Guests are limited to one clear bag per person, along with a small clutch or purse for privacy. The following items are not permitted in the arena: glass or aluminum containers, helium balloons, weapons, fireworks, laser pointers, explosives, munitions, or alcohol.

Clear Bag Policy


Ceremony Registration/Tickets

Graduates wanting to participate in the University Commencement Ceremony must register themselves to claim their seat. Eligible students will be sent an email to their with specific instructions for registration and claiming guest tickets. The link to register and claim tickets is live as of the first day of the UO Grad Fair on Monday, April 6, 2020. Guest tickets for the 2020 University Commencement Ceremony are not available to claim until that time.

Due to limited capacity in Matthew Knight Arena, graduates will be able to claim up to four guest tickets (graduate does not require a ticket to enter), while supplies last. Graduates will still be able to register for their own seat if guest tickets have all been claimed at the time of registration.

To ensure a positive experience for graduates, their guests, and the university community, UO Commencement is a substance-free event except for formal receptions, where alcohol is served in OLCC-regulated locations. This includes all activities, and applies to indoor and outdoor venues, including the Grad Parade, the main University Commencement Ceremony, and individual school, college, and department ceremonies.

Students found in possession of prohibited substances could be subject to sanctions, including but not limited to confiscation of the substance(s), being denied access to commencement activities, or notification to law enforcement of any illegal substances.