When: Monday, June 17, 2013
Visiting friends and family are encouraged to make travel arrangements early.
SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM & COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENTAL CEREMONY
UO MAIN GRADUATION CELEBRATION
- 9 a.m., Matthew Knight Arena. Tickets are not required. This event does not have a printed program so signing up to participate is not necessary.
- More info: Commencement 2013 (includes information on parking and shuttles)
TO DO BEFORE JUNE 17, 2013:
- Get your cap & gown at the Duck Store. It is not required but 99.99% of the students will be wearing regalia. Order before April 21 to avoid a late fee. The Duck Store will be open the day of the event if you decide to make a last-minute purchase.
- If you are finishing your degree requirements in SPRING 2013 ONLY, apply for your degree on DuckWeb by April 28. If you are finishing your requirements in summer or fall, apply for graduation in the appropriate term. All senior full majors in the SOJC are welcome to participate in the ceremony, even if you are not applying for your degree in spring. If you're confused about whether you are officially "graduating" or just "walking" in the spring, see here for more details.
- Take about 10 minutes to do your senior exit survey (undergrads only) for a chance to win one of five iPad Minis (32GB, wireless only).
COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION FOR AUDIENCE MEMBERS:
- Seating is first-come, first-served. Please go directly to the commencement site rather than hanging out in the student staging area.
- Expect the ceremony to last around 90 minutes.
- Wondering where to park or how to get to campus? See the UO Commencement website for details.
- Regardless of weather, the ceremony will continue on the South Lawn. Anticipate that the ground may be soft and soggy due to rain, so graduates and guests are encouraged to wear sensible shoes to avoid injury. In the event that we get sun, keep in mind that it will be mid-day. Guests are encouraged to bring hats, sunscreen and adequate hydration. However, we ask that everyone be courteous to those around them by limiting themselves to small, unobtrusive hats and refraining from using umbrellas or parasols. Rain jackets/ponchos are encouraged in the case of rain.
- If you or your guest contacted Erika Vogt about special accommodations for the ceremony, she will contact you separately with details.
- After the ceremony, please move your celebrations off-site or join the Grad Fest on 13th Street. We want to leave a clean space for the ceremony that immediately follows ours.
COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION FOR THE GRADUATES:
- If you plan to wear regalia at the ceremony, be sure to be sure to be in your cap and gown when you line up. Ph.D. & Master's candidates wear their tassel on the left. Bachelor's students wear their tassel on the right.
- Wear practical shoes with your gown and try to eat before you come since you may not have the chance to do so again until mid-afternoon.
- Between 11:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., students need to check in at the procession line-up area south of Gerlinger Annex. The check-in area will be set up on the road between Gerlinger Annex and Knight Library.
- At the check-in area, pick up a name card and get in line. The procession will line up as follows: Standard Bearer, Bagpipe Player, Dean, Faculty, Ph.D. degree candidates, Master's degree candidates, and Bachelor's degree candidates. Within the appropriate section, individuals can stand in any order. Undergraduates will be forming three columns for the procession. If you want to sit with your friends, be sure they are standing in front of or behind you in line so you can file into the row together.
- At noon, the procession will march to the site and a commencement volunteer will direct you to your seat. When you reach your seat, sit down so we can continue seating people quickly.
- When it's your time to cross the stage, you will be directed by a commencement volunteer. Hand your name card to the reader, shake hands with the Dean, get your diploma cover from a faculty marshal and then return to your seat.
- If you think the reader will have trouble with your name, take a moment at check-in to write it out phonetically on your name card. You can also quietly pronounce it to the reader before you cross the stage.
- Professional photographers will be taking photos as you cross the stage. Information will be available that day if you wish to purchase these photos.
- The list of names appearing in the commencement program is complete at this time. No change can be made, but students who missed the deadline can still participate in the ceremony.