It was a day to dance, to cheer, and to acknowledge more than 5,200 graduates at the University of Oregon’s 143rd commencement ceremony. As the class of 2019 marked the start of thousands of new journeys, they were encouraged to remain curious, challenged to make the world better, and reassured that once a Duck, always a Duck.
A Day of Celebration
Families, friends, and the UO community lined 13th Street to cheer on the class of 2019 in the Duck Grad Parade. Graduates were jubilant as they made their way from the Erb Memorial Union to Matthew Knight Arena for the University Commencement Ceremony.
Reflection and Inspiration
Graduates, administrators, and special guests took to the podium at the University Commencement Ceremony. They offered words of advice and reminiscence—as well as a few challenges—which were met with enthusiasm by the class of 2019.
—President Michael H. Schill
“You are successful and accomplished, so don’t let weird capitalistic structures make you feel like less. You are not a product of your labor.”
“Our intellectual contributions will move society forward, which is why society’s continued support of public education and funding for basic research is so important.”
“Be proud, feel empowered, and never let anyone or anything stop you from becoming the best version of yourself.”
—Governor Kate Brown
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From Grad Cap to Canvas
All Ducks know that you can never have too much green. Still, some graduates wanted to stand out from the gown-clad crowd. They transformed their mortarboards with personal messages of celebration and optimism, paying tribute to their years spent at the UO and looking ahead to what comes next.