University Commencement Ceremony Tickets
Graduates wanting to participate in the University Commencement Celebration must register themselves to claim their seat. Students will be sent an email to their @uoregon.edu 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 Celebration 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.
Claimed guest tickets will need to be picked up in person on campus at the ticket pick-up event during the week of June 1. Ticket pick-up date, time, and location are to be determined but will be communicated with graduates with claimed tickets in a confirmation email at the time of registration.
For guests that do not have tickets, but still would like to view the celebration, there are a couple of options. There will be an overflow viewing area set up for guests to watch the celebration via closed circuit video in the Ford Alumni Center Ballroom, just next door to 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 celebration 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 celebration will also be live-streamed online.
Guest tickets are NOT required for department ceremonies (with the exception of the 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.
What is the University Commencement Celebration?
The University Commencement Celebration is the main celebration of the Class of 2020 in Matthew Knight Arena. The celebration 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 Celebration 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 Celebration don't cost a thing.
Are department ceremonies open to all?
Guest tickets are only required for the University Commencement Celebration 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 celebration 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 celebration will also be live-streamed online.
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 Celebration registration survey, and tickets can be picked up at the Matthew Knight Arena will-call window.