SOJC Commencement will take place at noon on June 17, 2018.

Each year, the School of Journalism and Communication holds a Student Awards Ceremony to celebrate student achievement as well as a commencement ceremony that’s separate from the main university commencement. At the SOJC commencement ceremony, SOJC students are recognized by walking across the stage to get their diplomas.


Please note: Participation in the SOJC Ceremony is a privilege. We kindly request that graduates limit their consumption of alcohol prior to the ceremony. Graduates who arrive at the ceremony under the influence of alcohol or other drugs may be refused the opportunity to participate in the ceremony. Please be respectful of your fellow graduates, family members, and guests by arriving at the ceremony sober. 

Additionally, all participants and guests must maintain reasonable and appropriate behavior at all times. The staff of Matthew Knight Arena and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication reserve the right to relocate or remove anyone we believe is creating a disturbance during any part of the ceremony. 

Meeting Guests

Before the ceremony, we recommend that everyone in your party agrees on a place to meet following the event, as graduates and spectators will exit at different locations. Do NOT plan to meet your guests near the arena entrances or exits, as crowd-control staff will require these areas to remain clear.

If you have guests who are uncomfortable in large, congested crowds, you may want to suggest they simply wait 10-15 minutes until the crowds thin out before attempting to leave the arena. Our goal is to keep stress to a minimum and to make this an enjoyable day for all.

Graduation Checklist

1. Apply for your degree through DuckWeb (undergradutes) or the Graduate School (graduate students). Be sure to apply for the term when you will actually finish your degree. Indicate spring as your graduation term only if you will complete your entire program in the spring.

2. Sign up to participate in the SOJC ceremony. All Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 degree recipients are welcome. All Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 degree applicants are welcome as well. This is done through a service called Marching Order. The last day to log in and verify your Marching Order profile is June 1st (11:59 p.m.).

3. The list of names that will appear in the SOJC commencement program is online. The program has now gone to press and no additional names can be added or adjusted. If you’ve miss this deadline, you are still welcome to participate in the ceremony.

4. Get regalia (cap and gown) through the UO Duck Store. Graduation announcements and regalia, including honors cords for students graduating with honors, are available for purchase. Students in the SOJC Honors Program will receive their honors cords at the student awards event on June 18th.

5. Complete your SOJC Senior Exit Survey (undergraduates only).

5. Send commencement information and updates to your family and guests. The easiest way to give them all the info they need is to send them links to this SOJC Commencement page ( and to the UO Commencement ceremony page (

6. Encourage guests to make reservations for hotels and accommodations months in advance. Local hotels fill early on commencement weekend. For additional information, see the UO Commencement website.

Additional Information

Name Cards

All students will pick up their name cards at the registration table when then arrive. Students need to hang onto their name cards throughout the ceremony. You will turn it in just before walking across the stage so your name can be announced.


On Sunday, June 17, guests can park in the Columbia Parking Garage for the School of Journalism and Communication Commencement Ceremony.

On Monday, June 18, on-campus parking will be very limited.The university provides parking at Autzen Stadium, and free shuttles will run between Autzen and campus from 7:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Visit the UO Commencement website for details. Be sure to visit the UO Commencement website for traffic advisories as well. Access to east campus by car will be very limited.

Personal Photography

To avoid blocking the narrow processional or restricting views for all audience members, please plan to photograph before or directly after the ceremony. There are also many beautiful sites throughout campus and near Allen Hall to obtain great graduation photos. We encourage you to consider taking your guests around campus to snap some photos.

Please note: Due to fire marshal restrictions, guests are not permitted on the main floor during the ceremony. Please be sure that your guests are aware of this policy.

Professional Photography

Want that perfect picture of your special day? GradImages, UO’s official commencement photographer, will be on hand to photograph each graduate as they receive their diploma. Pictures can be purchased for approximately $9.95 for a 5 x 7-inch photo. You can view your pictures online at within 48 hours of the ceremony. Email any questions regarding graduation photos to or call the GradImages customer service at 800-261-2576.

The SOJC also has a professional photographer who will be taking photos before and during the ceremony. These photos will be available on the SOJC Flickr page later in June.

Commencement 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need tickets?

No. Tickets are not necessary for the School of Journalism and Communication Commencement Ceremony. We will have plenty of seating in Matthew Knight Arena.

Who can walk in the School of Journalism and Communication Commencement Ceremony?

All SOJC majors who graduated Fall 2017, Winter 2017, or who applied to graduate Spring 2018, Summer 2018, or Fall 2018 and have registered to attend the ceremony.

Whose name is listed in the School of Journalism and Communication Commencement Program?

All SOJC majors who graduated Fall 2017 or Winter 2017 or who applied to graduate Spring 2018, Summer 2018, or Fall 2018 and have registered to attend the ceremony will have their names printed in the program.

Can I sit by my friends during the ceremony?

When you arrive at the ceremony, you will be directed by commencement staff to the staging area, where you can line up next to whomever you 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. To get your physical diploma, you just need to declare your intent to graduate through DuckWeb (undergraduates) or the Graduate School (graduate students). Your diploma will arrive in the mail 4-6 weeks after the term in which you declared your intent to graduate.

Which way does my tassel go?

Bachelor’s students wear their tassels on the right and will move their tassels to the left after shaking the dean’s hand and crossing the stage. Doctoral and master’s candidates wear their tassels on the left. All degree candidates are encouraged to wear regalia: gown, cap, tassel, and hood for doctoral and master’s degree candidates, and 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.

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)

Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for Latin honors. The registrar’s office will notify honors recipients by email sometime after May 6. At that point, students will be able to purchase an honors cord at the Duck Store.

What happens during commencement?

  • Please arrive between 11 and 11:30 a.m. and check in at the registration table inside the west entrance to the arena (the doors that are at the plaza behind the Ford Alumni Center on the Agate Street side of the building).
  • Check in at the registration desk and pick up your photo/name card. Then you will be directed to the arena lower level, where there will be a staging area. If you want to sit with someone, your best chance is to make sure you are in front of or behind them.
  • Doctoral and master’s students will line up at the front, followed by undergraduate students. There will be signs and staff to direct you.
  • Staff members will move the student lines into the arena for seating at 11:45. Once you are at your seat, you may be seated. When you hear the bagpiper start to play at 12:00 p.m., you need to stand for the faculty processional, which is the start of the ceremony. Remain standing until the dean indicates you should sit.
  • To receive your diploma cover, you will be released by row to go up to the stage. When you cross the stage, hand your name card to the reader, walk across the stage, shake the dean’s hand, have your picture taken, and return to your seat. The dean will indicate when to move your tassel from right to left.

The order of events is as follows:

  • Seating of students at 11:45 a.m.
  • Processional and seating of faculty
  • The dean begins ceremony, introduction of faculty and guests, gives speech
  • Introduction of undergraduate student speaker, student gives speech
  • Introduction of alumni speaker, alumni gives speech
  • Recognition of graduates: Everyone’s name is read, and everyone walks across stage starting with doctoral and master’s students, who will be hooded after their names are read and before they shake hands with the dean
  • The dean gives closing remarks
  • When the ceremony concludes, the recessional will have the following order: bagpiper, dean, faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students. The faculty will form two lines at the exit that the graduates will walk through as they exit the arena. You will exit the arena at the east side of the arena (Villard St.), where we will gather to take the Centennial Class photo.

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 Emma Oravecz, SOJC events manager, at

How do I know if I’m getting an award at the Honors and Awards Ceremony?

All students who have earned awards will receive an email invitation to this event in May.

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