The unique journeys of more than 5,000 graduates were celebrated at the University of Oregon’s 142nd commencement ceremony. While being recognized for achieving their hard-earned degrees, our newest Duck alumni were also reminded that learning is a lifelong process.
Duck Grad Parade
Commencement Day began with the traditional Duck Grad Parade as the class of 2018 made its way from Erb Memorial Union to the main ceremony at Matthew Knight Arena, cheered on by families, friends, and the UO community.
Words of Encouragement
Pursue excellence. Chart your own path. Support others. Risk failure, so you can find success. Fellow students, administrators, and guests of honor shared advice and reflections as part of the University Commencement Ceremony.
—President Michael H. Schill
“We are a community here at the UO not because of what we happen to share, but because of what we choose to be—curious, indomitable, active learners.”
“No matter how far you fly from the nest, always remember that Duck Nation will be there to support, nurture, and guide you through the challenges that life will bring.”
“We must continue to pave a way by leaving a webbed foot trail behind us for other students to follow, as they create their own journey as a Duck.”
—Miguel McKelvey, BArch '99
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Can one of life’s biggest accomplishments be summed up on a 10-by-10-inch palette? Many in the class of 2018 did just that, by decorating their graduation caps with notes of appreciation and personal statements celebrating their accomplishments.