University Commencement Ceremony Tickets
Guest tickets for the University Commencement Ceremony have all been claimed at this time. Graduating students can and should still register for their seat to participate.
Students that have claimed tickets will be able to pick them up beginning Monday, June 3, through Thursday, June 6, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Erb Memorial Union Owyhee Room (Room 131) and Metolius Room (Room 132), in the historic lobby near Starbucks and the Ballroom staircase. Tickets must be picked up by the graduate; UO student ID is required at the time of pick-up. (If there are extenuating circumstances and the student is unable to pick up their tickets on campus during this time, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make alternate arrangements by May 31.)
At the conclusion of that ticket distribution on June 6, all remaining unclaimed tickets will be equitably distributed to registered graduates who were not able to secure guest tickets before they were all claimed. Students will be notified by email using the email address listed in their registration if additional tickets become available, in the order that registrations were received.
For guests that do not have tickets, but still would like to view the ceremony, there are a couple of options. There will be a stand-by line available at the arena north entrance for guests willing to wait to enter the arena until after the ceremony has started, in the event that there are available seats. The stand-by entry will be managed at the discretion of the arena event staff with regard to the building’s fire code.
There will also be a first-come, first-served overflow viewing area for guests without tickets in the Ford Alumni Center Ballroom, just west of Matthew Knight Arena. Guest tickets are NOT required for department ceremonies (with the exception of ceremonies for graduate/PhD business and the School of Music and Dance) where graduates formally cross the stage and are presented with diploma covers. Please check with your department for additional participation details. We'll also have a link for out-of-town friends and family to watch the ceremony live online.
Guest tickets are NOT required for department ceremonies (with the exception of the School of Music and Dance ceremony) where graduates formally cross the stage and are presented with diploma covers. Please check with your department for additional participation details.
What is the University Commencement Ceremony?
The University Commencement Ceremony is the main celebration of the Class of 2019 in Matthew Knight Arena. The ceremony gets kicked off by the Grad Parade down 13th Avenue and features student and keynote speakers.
Are all grads guaranteed a seat?
If you're graduating, we want you to have a seat at the University Commencement Ceremony in Matthew Knight Arena. You must register so we know you're coming and how many remaining tickets we can distribute to guests.
Are guest tickets free?
Yes, but limited. Tickets for guests and grads for the University Commencement Ceremony don't cost a thing.
Are department ceremonies open to all?
Guest tickets are only required for the University Commencement Ceremony and the ceremonies for graduate/PhD business and the School of Music and Dance. Other department ceremonies, when graduates cross the stage and receive their diploma covers, do not require tickets and there is no limit to the number of invited guests.
Is overflow seating available?
There will be a first-come, first-served overflow viewing area for guests without tickets in the Ford Alumni Center Ballroom, located just west of Matthew Knight Arena. There will also be a stand-by line at the North entrance to Matthew Knight Arena for guests willing to wait to enter the arena until the ceremony has started, in the event that there are available seats. The stand-by entry will be managed at the discretion of the arena event staff with regard to the building's fire code. The ceremony will also be live-streamed online on the UO Channel.
Will more tickets be available?
After the ticket distribution closes we will know how many unclaimed tickets are left to distribute. If additional tickets become available, students will be notified using the email address they indicated on the University Commencement Ceremony registration survey, and tickets can be picked up at the Matthew Knight Arena will-call window.