University Commencement Ceremony Tickets
Graduates wanting to participate in the University Commencement Ceremony must register themselves to claim their seat. Students will be sent an email to their @uoregon.edu email during winter term, and again around April 1, with specific instructions for registration and claiming guest tickets. The link to register and claim tickets will go live on the first day of the UO Grad Fair on April 8. Guest tickets for the 2019 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. There will be an option to be added to a wait list in the event that additional guest tickets become available. (Wait list requests are not guaranteed.) 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. Ticket pick-up date, time, and location are to be determined but will be communicated with graduates with claimed tickets in a confirmation email.
For guests that do not have tickets, but still would like to view the ceremony, there are a couple of options. There will be an overflow viewing area set up for guests to watch the ceremony 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 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.
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 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 to students on the waitlist. If waitlist 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.