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Frequently Asked Questions

Commencement FAQ's

Commencement is Monday, June 18, 2018 in the Matthew Knight Arena, from 4 pm - 6 pm.  

 

 

 

 

Scroll down for answers to the questions below.

--Is there more than one ceremony?
--How will I be notified about the ceremony?
--How much are my robe and tassel going to cost?
--Can I sit by my friends during the ceremony?
--Do I have to participate in the ceremony to get my degree?
--What if I won't have enough credits to get my diploma at the end of spring term?  Can I still walk in the ceremony?
--Which way does my tassel go?
--How do I know if I've received Latin Honors?
--What do I do if someone in my family needs accessible seating accommodations or a sign language interpreter?
--Will professional photographs be taken?Will there be something for my family and friends to do during the day?
--How do my family and friends make hotel arrangements?Where should people park?

 

Is there more than one ceremony?
Yes!  The University of Oregon Graduation Celebration on Monday, June 18, is for all graduates university-wide and will begin with an academic parade with line up beginning at 8:15 AM and the Grad Parade beginning at 9:00 am. Students, faculty, and staff will march down 13th Avenue to Matthew Knight Arena where the UO commencement ceremony will take place starting at 9:30 am.   For more information visit the UO Commencement website.  Tickets are required to attend the main UO Ceremony.

The College of Education Departmental Ceremony is 4 PM - 6 PM on Monday, June 18, at Matthew Knight Arena. Students will walk across the stage, receive a diploma cover, and shake the dean’s hand. The occasion is a chance to mingle with faculty, friends, and family. Doctoral candidates will be hooded at this ceremony.  There are no tickets required for this ceremony.  However you do need to RSVP here.

How will I be notified about the ceremony?
You will receive a Save the Date email at the end of Winter term.  The university will e-mail further information concerning the UO ceremony.  All available information and updates will be available on the COE Commencement Website.

How much are my robe and tassel going to cost?
Visit our regalia page here.  For the most updated regalia information, please visit the Duck Store website.  Grad packages may be ordered in person the week of April 9-12 and online ordering will be available at the end of March.  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, although both types of robes may be worn.

Can I sit by my friends during the ceremony?
Graduates will line up in order by degree program.  For example, all of the UOTeach program members will be together and all the Counseling Psychology graduates will be together.  When graduates arrive at the ceremony they will be directed by commencement staff to their appropriate degree area where they can line up next to whomever they choose.  You will be sitting by the person in front of you and the person behind you.

Do I have to participate in the ceremony to get my degree? 
The ceremony does not have any particular credit or degree requirements, you just need to RSVP.  In order to get your physical degree, you just need to declare your intent to graduate through the UO Registrar's office.  The Registrar will mail you your diploma 4-6 weeks after the term in which you declared your intent to graduate.

Deadlines to apply for 2018:
--April 13 for graduate programs
--April 29 for undergraduate programs

Undergraduates must apply for graduation through DuckWeb, and graduate students through the Graduate School. *Also remember to RSVP to participate in the COE ceremony!

What if I won't have enough credits to get my diploma at the end of spring term?  Can I still walk in the ceremony?
Yes!  There is no credit requirement to walk in the COE or UO ceremonies.  See the eligibility policies below.

College of Education Commencement Eligibility

Which Doctoral students may participate (“walk”) in Spring Commencement?

• Students who earned their degrees in any preceding quarter 

• Students who have defended their dissertation or who have scheduled their dissertation defense and will earn their degree no later than the Summer directly following commencement.

Which Undergraduate and Masters students may participate (“walk”) in Spring Commencement?

It is customary to "walk" during the final quarter of your degree program. In some cases, however, academic programs are sequenced in such a way that graduation may only occur in the summer directly following the Spring ceremony.

Undergraduate and Master's students who will be applying to graduate in Summer or in Fall directly following the graduation ceremony, may choose to 'walk' during the Spring 2018 ceremony, or they may choose to 'walk' in  the ceremony that takes place the following Spring.

Which way does my tassel go?
Bachelor's students wear their tassel on the right and will move their tassel to the left after shaking the dean's hand and crossing the stage.  Doctoral & Master's candidates wear their tassel on the left. All degree candidates are encouraged to participate wearing regalia: gown, cap, tassel, and hood for doctoral and master's degree candidates; gown, cap, and tassel for bachelor's degree candidates. 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 April 10-13, 2018, where regalia and invitations can be purchased.  Online ordering will be available the beginning of April.

How do I know if I've received Latin Honors?
Graduating seniors who have earned at least 90 credits in residence at the University of Oregon and have successfully completed all other university degree requirements are eligible for graduation with Latin honors. The Office of the Registrar computes Latin honors upon graduation.  These distinctions are based on students’ cumulative GPAs at the University of Oregon and the percentile rankings in their respective graduating classes, as follows:

Top 10 percent—cum laude (white cord)
Top 5 percent—magna cum laude (silver cord)
Top 2 percent—summa cum laude (gold cord)

Postbaccalaureate students are not eligible for Latin honors.   The College of Education will notify honors recipients by email sometime after May 4th.  At that point, students will be able to purchase an honors cord at the Duck Store.

What do I do if someone in my family needs accessible seating accommodations or a sign language interpreter?
Seating will be available for guests with accessible mobility needs. If you or anyone you know will need wheelchair seating, a sign language interpreter, or other accommodations, please note it when you RSVP.  A few weeks before the ceremony, you'll receive information on what accessible services are available.  There will be a sign language translator at the COE Ceremony.  Please email Lisa Fortin at lfortin@uoregon.edu so she can let you know the seating area for best viewing of the translator.

Will professional photographs be taken?
During the College of Education ceremony, a professional photographer from GradTrak by Graduation Images will be on site inside Matthew Knight Arena, 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 www.gradimages.com.

Will there be something for my family and friends to do during the day?
University museums and classroom buildings will be open for you to visit.  There will also be a Grad Fest in the EMU where food and drinks will be available.

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 www.eugenecascadescoast.org/commencement or call them for assistance at 800-547-5445.

Where should people park?
Parking on campus during commencement is not encouraged. Some roads may be closed and there are a large number of pedestrians walking across the streets.  We urge all attendees to park at Autzen Stadium and take the free shuttle to 13th and Agate near the arena or use the LTD bus system to get to campus on graduation day. Shuttles will start running from Autzen Stadium at 7:00 AM; the last shuttle will leave campus at 8:45 PM.  Additional parking information is available here.

Guests with mobility limitations or who require accessible transport should plan to park in university lots 52, 53, and 54 on the corner of 15th and Walnut Streets two blocks east of the UO main campus. A shuttle service will be available to transport people to sites on the UO main campus.

In addition, volunteers driving golf carts will be available to help guests get around once on campus. Find a golf cart by visiting one of our information booths or asking a commencement volunteer in a neon yellow commencement t-shirt.

 

If you have any other questions, please contact Lisa Fortin at lfortin@uoregon.edu.

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