2020 Commencement Announcement 

The following email was sent to eligible graduates on April 24, 2020.


Dear students,

I hope this email finds you all healthy and doing well. I’m writing to give you an update on our commencement plans. We will be offering two opportunities for the class of 2020 to celebrate your accomplishments with friends and family—one this spring and another at our in-person celebration next year.

First, we will be holding a virtual ceremony on June 20, 2020. We have exciting things planned for this live event and we sincerely hope you will tune in and celebrate with each other and your families. We want to make that day extra special so we’re putting together a celebration box full of surprises to be mailed to eligible students who register. Please see the commencement website for details.

Our live webcast will be followed by the release of pre-recorded recognition of graduates in each school and college. You will have an opportunity to personalize your individual recognition by adding a photo, message, and short video. Individual schools and colleges may also be hosting additional live-streamed events. A complete schedule will be listed on the commencement website in the coming weeks.

We’re excited to celebrate with you in June, but we also recognize that a virtual celebration is not how you pictured closing out your time at the University of Oregon. Many of you and your families have reached out with feedback and ideas, and we’ve carefully considered your input as well the uncertainty of what it will take to reduce health and safety risks in the future. With that in mind, we are thrilled to invite you and your families to our in-person commencement celebration in June 2021.

While this is a year away, the time will allow us to plan and prepare for our biggest and best commencement yet and for you to make plans to attend. We will be recognizing the class of 2020 and 2021 that day and join together in our largest graduation celebration ever. We have some fun ideas in the works and promise to make that day meaningful.

You have so much to celebrate. Your accomplishments and work along this journey have led you to this outstanding achievement. I am deeply proud of each of you—for your strength during this difficult time, for your resilience to push forward, and for the community you share with each other. While I know a virtual ceremony cannot replace our in-person spring commencement right now, I sincerely hope each of you will take part and plan to be back with us next year in person. We are a family of Ducks, and we flock together.

You can find more details on our commencement website including information on how to order regalia, personalize your individual recognition and participation in this year’s virtual ceremony and many other details. Our contact information is on that page should you have questions.



R. Kevin Marbury