Activities and Ceremonies

Activities and Ceremonies

This year’s University Ceremony will take place on Monday, June 13, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at Autzen Stadium.

The ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of our graduates and includes administration and student speakers, a keynote address by Olympic champion Ashton Eaton, and the conferral of degrees by school or college. Guest tickets are not required, but graduates must RSVP to let us know they will be attending.

This year will feature a university-wide celebration to honor all graduating Ducks from the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 at the end of spring term. The event is in addition to department ceremonies throughout the weekend.

Gra(n)d Entrance

With the move to Autzen Stadium, the grad parade will look a bit different this year. Students will enter Autzen Stadium at the Mo Gate (just west of the South Gate) beginning at 7:30 a.m. and gather at the Moshofsky Plaza.

Graduates will be lined up by commencement staff and volunteers before they enter onto the field through the West Tunnel. This Gra(n)d Entrance will begin at 8:15 a.m.

Please note, in order to participate in the Gra(n)d Entrance, all graduates must wear regalia and be in line by 8:15 a.m. Also, because of space constraints, guests of graduates will not be allowed to enter the Mo Gate.

Guests should make their way into the stadium through the South, East, or North gates and can watch their graduates enter the field on the video board beginning at 8:15 a.m. 

The University of Oregon hosts more than 30 school, college, and department ceremonies, sharing the commencement celebrations with more than 5,000 graduates and 30,000 guests in any given year. These ceremonies usually occur following the last day of spring classes through the university-wide celebration on Monday.

Formerly, the institution hosted a summer commencement ceremony. Students graduating in summer or fall may participate in spring term ceremonies. 

University Ceremony

The University Ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of all of our graduates with a great deal of excitement, student speakers, and a keynote address in preparation for the provost conferring the degrees to the graduating class. Graduates are encouraged to get creative and decorate their grad caps and regalia. Graduates planning to attend the main University Ceremony are asked to RSVP.

Department Ceremonies

With more than 30 school, college, and department ceremonies, graduates celebrate this day alongside their peers. Department and program faculty are present to recognize the graduates as they receive a diploma cover and “turn their tassel” to mark the transition from student to graduate. These ceremonies typically last around 90 minutes. Each school, college, or department plans its own ceremony. As these ceremony times, dates, and locations are finalized they will appear in this list. Please contact your department directly if you have any specific questions regarding these ceremonies.

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GradFest

In between ceremonies, join the campus community in celebrating commencement at the Erb Memorial Union (EMU). Graduates and their families can head to the EMU Green on Commencement Day to enjoy complimentary snacks and refreshments. GradFest activities will include photo opportunities with the large green and yellow "O" and lawn games. The EMU also includes places to sit and relax and expanded food service venues.

Staff from the University of Oregon Alumni Association will be onsite at the EMU to welcome our graduates and families to campus. Stop by to say hello and learn more about the benefits of becoming a UO alumni member.

All university museums and classroom buildings will also be open for you to enjoy during commencement. Join your graduate in taking a final look at their home as a Duck and enjoy our beautiful campus!