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Commencement FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there more than one ceremony? Yes!

The University of Oregon Graduation Celebration on Monday, June 17, is for all graduates university-wide and will begin with an academic parade (Duck Walk). Graduates should line up in front of EMU/Johnson Hall on 13th Ave by 8:15am.  Starting promptly at 8:45 am, Students, faculty, and staff will march down 13th Avenue to Matthew Knight Arena where the UO commencement ceremony will take place.  Guests of the graduates may begin arriving for seating (first come, first served basis) at 7:00am. April 1 – Students can begin reserving their seat at the University Commencement Ceremony online – each graduate is guaranteed 2 guest tickets.

The General Social Sciences Departmental Ceremony is at the EMU Green (East Lawn) – Monday, June 17 at 4:00 pm. Students will walk across the stage, receive a diploma cover, shake the Director’s hand, and pose for a photograph. The occasion is a chance to mingle with faculty, friends, and family.

Please RSVP for the GSS ceremony by Wednesday, May 15.

Do I (or my guests) need a ticket to attend the GSS ceremony? No. Attending the GSS ceremony does not require a ticket. However, students are required to complete the RSVP online.

Do I (or my guests) need a ticket to attend the UO ceremony? Yes. The UO Commencement now requires tickets for attending. April 1 – Students can begin reserving their seat at the University Commencement Ceremony online – each graduate is guaranteed 2 guest tickets. For more information click here.

Is the graduation ceremony outside? Yes.

Will there be food at the ceremony? Yes!  There will be light refreshments, appetizers, and cake served after the GSS ceremony.

How long will the ceremony last?  2 hours.  The ceremony typically lasts two hours.  See the Student Instructions 2019 sheet for arrival time and what to expect the day of the ceremony.

Can I receive departmental honors in GSS? Yes!  Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better AND a 3.6 GPA or better in GSS will receive departmental honors.  Departmental honors will be published in the GSS Commencement Program and the degree will state graduated with honors.

How much are my robe and tassel going to cost?
For the most updated regalia information, please visit the Duck Store website.  Grad packages may be ordered in person the week of April 8 during the Grad Fair (April 8-11).  April 8 – Graduation packages available at Campus Duck Store.  April 8 – Grad packages available online at  You are not required to purchase a robe and may borrow one from someone else.  Be aware that the UO uses a green robe for its ceremonies and not a black one.

What color is the GSS tassel?  Citron (yellowish)

Can I sit by my friends during the ceremony?

Yes.  Once signing in at the registration table, then you will need to line up next to each other before the procession.

Do I have to participate in the ceremony to get my degree? 
No, in order to get your degree, you just need to declare your intent to graduate through the UO Registrar’s office.

Deadlines to apply for Spring 2019:

April 28, 2019 for undergraduate degrees in DuckWeb

Undergraduates must apply for graduation through DuckWeb. *Also remember to RSVP to participate in the GSS ceremony!

Which way does my tassel go?
Bachelor’s students wear their tassel on the right and will move their tassel to the left after the Director’s closing remarks.  Regalia, including honor cords for students graduating with honors, are available at the UO Duck Store beginning in April.  The Duck Store ‘Grad Fair’ will take place TBA, where regalia and invitations can be purchased.  Date TBA – Grad packages available online at

What do I do if someone in my family needs special seating accommodations or a sign language interpreter?
Seating will be available for guests with special mobility needs. If you or anyone you know will need wheelchair seating, a sign language interpreter, or other accommodations, please contact:

Gretchen Hill-Marino: 541-346-7584 or

Will professional photographs be taken?
During the General Social Sciences ceremony, a professional photographer from GradTrak by Graduation Images will be on site at the EMU, taking pictures as each graduate receives a diploma or certificate.  These pictures will be available for purchase after the ceremony.  For details and to order photos, see

Will there be something for my family and friends to do during the day?
Local restaurants will be open in the surrounding area and the Duck Store for your last minute duck gear.  Not to mention all the university museums and classroom buildings that will be open for you to visit.

How do my family and friends make hotel arrangements?
We encourage you to visit Travel Lane County’s special website featuring lodging for commencement at or call them for assistance at 800-547-5445.

Where should people park?

On the day of the University Commencement Ceremony (June 17, 2019), park at Autzen Stadium and take a free shuttle provided by MTR Western to campus. Autzen Stadium is located at Parking on the main campus during commencement is strongly discouraged; any vehicle parked in an on-campus lot must have a valid permit. Vehicles without a valid permit will be cited.

Shuttles will start running from Autzen Stadium at 7:00 a.m. They will run every 15–20 minutes except during the Grad Parade when shuttles will stop between 8:45 a.m. and the completion of the parade. If you and your guests are attending the  University Commencement Ceremony, board a shuttle before 8:30 a.m. to avoid missing the beginning of the ceremony. Before 10:00 a.m., shuttles will drop off on 13th Avenue in front of Matthew Knight Arena. After 10:00 a.m. shuttles will drop off both on 13th Avenue in front of Matthew Knight Arena and at the corner of 15th and University Street. The last shuttle will leave campus at 7:00 p.m.

Guests are also welcome to walk from Autzen Stadium to campus using the walking path and the footbridge. The trail is beautiful and is less than a mile.

Guests with mobility limitations or who require accessible transport, please visit the accommodations and accessibility page for more information.

What if I won’t have enough credits to get my diploma at the end of spring term?
Because the General Social Sciences department does not host a summer event, some candidates for summer or fall graduation choose to walk in the spring ceremony. Students must be 16 credits or less from completing their degree are eligible to walk in the spring ceremony.  Even if you still need credits to graduate and will be getting those in summer term, you may walk in the spring ceremony. The university no longer hosts a campus wide summer graduation.

If you have any other questions, please contact Gretchen Hill-Marino at




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