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Commencement FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there more than one ceremony? Yes! See below.

The University of Oregon Graduation Celebration on Monday, June 15, 2020 is for all graduates university-wide and will begin with an grad parade from the EMU. Graduates should be lined up in front of the EMU on the corner of 13th Avenue and University Street at 8:15 a.m. in regalia. 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 7:00 a.m. and should be seated by 9:00 a.m. All guests must have a ticket to enter.

The General Social Sciences Departmental Ceremony is on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at noon. All GSS graduating majors can participate and invite guests. 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.

Do I (or my guests) need a ticket to attend the GSS ceremony? No. Attending the GSS ceremony does not require a ticket.

Do I (or my guests) need a ticket to attend the UO ceremony? Yes. Seating is limited, and all guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony. For ticket information, visit commencement.uoregon.edu/tickets.

Is the graduation ceremony outside? TBA

Will there be food at the ceremony? Yes! Immediately following the ceremony, food and drinks will be served at an open reception shared with other department ceremonies. All are welcome to attend.

How long will the ceremony last?  Approximately 2 hours.

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.

Where can I get regalia? How much will it cost?
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 also take place in April (dates TBA), where regalia and invitations can be purchased. Grad packages available for online purchase through the Duck Store website. For the most updated information on purchasing regalia, including prices, visit the Duck Store website.

What color is the GSS tassel? Which way does my tassel go? The GSS tassel color is Citron (yellowish). During the ceremony, bachelor’s students wear their tassel on the right and will move their tassel to the left after the Director’s closing remarks.  

Can I sit by my friends during the ceremony? Yes. After signing in at the registration table, you will line up in the order of your choice for seating and procession. Additional instructions will be provided prior to the ceremony, so plan to arrive half an hour early.

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

What is the deadline to apply for graduation? The deadline for Spring 2020 undergraduate degrees is April 26, 2020. Apply via DuckWeb.

What if one of my guests needs special seating accommodations or a sign language interpreter?
Seating will be available for guests with special mobility needs. If you or one of your guests will need wheelchair seating, a sign language interpreter, or other accommodations, please contact Nick Mahlum at nmahlum@uoregon.edu.

Will there be photographers or livestreaming of the ceremony?
A professional photographer will photograph the ceremony, including pictures of each graduate as they are brought on stage. Graduates can purchase copies from www.gradimages.com. Unfortunately, livestreaming of the GSS commencement ceremony will not be available at this time.

What about parking?

On the day of the University Commencement Ceremony (June 15, 2020), parking will be available at Autzen Stadium. Free shuttles will provide transportation to the main campus from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Parking on the main campus during commencement is strongly discouraged; any vehicle parked in on-campus lots must have a valid UO permit. More information about parking and campus shuttles is available on the UO Commencement website.

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 more than one commencement 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 us at gensocialsciences@uoregon.edu.

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