In Person at Matthew Knight Arena
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
4 p.m. PDT



Congratulations, SOJC Grads!

Because our typical commencement day (the Monday after spring term finals) falls on the Juneteenth holiday, the University Commencement Ceremony at Autzen Stadium and all school and college ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

two SOJC graduates wearing green regalia pose with a third person outside of Matthew Knight Arena
Motor board that says Thanks Mom & Dad
An SOJC student receiving a PhD is hooded by a professor at the 2022 commencement ceremony

Graduation Checklist

Calling all 2023 grads! Make sure you complete all the steps below to receive your degree and participate in the commencement ceremony.


#1. Apply for your degree: by April 14 (grad) or April 30 (undergrad)

Applying for your degree is different than opting in to participate in commencement. (See #3 below for more information.) Anyone who graduates during 2023 can participate in this year’s ceremony, but make sure to signify the term you are actually graduating (winter, spring, summer, or fall) in your degree application.

  • Graduate students must apply for Spring 2023 degrees using GradWeb by April 14.
  • Undergraduates must apply for Spring 2023 degrees via DuckWeb by April 30. (DuckWeb ➞ Student Menu ➞ Apply for Undergraduate Degree)
  • All Summer/Fall 2023 graduates must apply for a Summer or Fall degree by May 15 if they wish to walk in the 2023 Commencement ceremony.


#2. Check your name for the SOJC Commencement program: by May 26

Make sure your name is in our program the way you want it to appear. This is required in addition to #1 above.

#3. Register in Marching Order to participate in the SOJC Commencement Ceremony: by May 26

When our Marching Order site goes live on May 1, you will receive an email and/or text prompting you to complete your registration online and confirm the information you want to appear on the Jumbotron at Matthew Knight Arena. This step is mandatory.

#4. Order your regalia (cap, gown, tassel, stole, cords): by June 7

This is optional. The Duck Store is your one-stop shop for all commencement gear. Order by June 7 to use standard shipping, and by June 13 for next-day shipping. 2023 graduates will receive a diploma cover free of charge at the ceremony.


#5. Check in at Matthew Knight Arena: June 20, 3–3:30 p.m.

Go to the West Entrance of Matthew Knight Arena by 3:30 p.m. on graduation day in your regalia. Then go to the check-in table inside that’s aligned with the first letter of your last name. Give our volunteers your name to get your Marching Order card, which you will hand to staff before you walk across the stage. Commencement volunteers will direct you to the staging area beginning at 3:40 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4 p.m.

Three students wearing green graduation caps and gowns throw the O in front of Autzen Stadium
UO Commencement Ceremony

The main UO ceremony is separate from the SOJC ceremony and will be held in Autzen Stadium at 9 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 20. You can find more information about UO’s 2023 in-person ceremony on the UO Commencement website.

Show Your SOJC Pride

Commencement will be one of the biggest days of your life! Don’t forget to share photos, videos, and well wishes with your friends on social media.

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Download some SOJC grad GIFs to celebrate with style!

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Use the hashtags of your choice: #LifeAsaJGrad, #SOJCgrad, #SOJC23grad

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After graduation, stay connected on our SOJC LinkedIn page.

an SOJC graduate wearing a green cap and gown and a burgundy stole poses for a portrait at commencement
Graduation Etiquette

Please remain in the auditorium for the duration of the event, even after you have received your diploma, to avoid disrupting the ceremony and out of respect for your fellow graduates.

We know it’s an exciting day, but we expect our graduates to maintain reasonable and appropriate behavior at all times during the ceremony to ensure it is enjoyable for all participants, family members, guests, and staff.

We kindly request that all graduates limit their consumption of alcohol and other substances prior to the ceremony. Graduates who arrive under the influence may be refused the opportunity to participate, and the staffs of Matthew Knight Arena and the SOJC reserve the right to relocate or remove anyone who is creating a disturbance.