The University of Oregon’s 145th commencement celebration was a day for looking back, as well as aspiring to a brighter future.
After spending more than a year navigating a pandemic, the graduates of 2021 were honored for all they have achieved during a year like no other.
With an air of optimism—and a reminder that some of history’s greatest discoveries emerged from the deepest challenges—the Class of 2021 was applauded for its resiliency and encouraged by Ducks, past and present, to transform the world by sticking their necks out, overcoming stage fright, and sharing their gifts with their community.
Watch Virtual Commencement
As our seniors get ready to leave the nest and fly into an exciting, ever-changing world, we would like to celebrate a few graduates who have accomplished great things during their time at the University of Oregon. Despite spending their last year in college in a pandemic, these members of the class of 2021 demonstrated strength, creativity, and ingenuity, and pursued passions that will change their lives and the lives of others.
Gustavo Junior Ramirez
Alexander Leonel Rivas Ruiz
Although the UO’s formal Commencement ceremony was a virtual webcast, graduates could also opt in for two in-person, outdoor activities—the Grad Parade, which was followed by a livestreamed Stage Procession. While not the same as our traditional commencement ceremonies, these events gave students an opportunity to gather safely, parade through campus, and celebrate their achievements.
Display Your Duck Spirit
To add some Duck spirit to your graduation celebration, download printable signs, digital wallpaper, and Zoom backgrounds.
When you become a UOAA life member, you join a worldwide network of more than 20,000 alumni members who will fly with you on your journey.
Membership ensures you stay connected to the UO and that all alumni are heard and supported. For recent grads, our Duck Career Network can help you land that first job, network with alumni in your field, and give you advice to help you succeed. Plus, we have other great benefits, including early access to football and basketball tickets; member-only events; and access to Nike and Columbia employee stores.
Together, members advocate for the UO, promote excellence, and help the UO support the best and brightest students through scholarships. If you love your Ducks, you’ll love your membership in the UOAA!