Here's what you need to know about commencement 2023

The University of Oregon’s 147th commencement ceremony will celebrate the achievements of 4,823 graduates at Autzen Stadium on Tuesday, June 20, starting at 9 a.m.

To help the day run smoothly, UO employees are encouraged to volunteer. Tasks include organizing graduates during the procession into Autzen, helping guests at shuttle stops and assisting at the main celebration and school and college ceremonies.

Here’s what to know about this year’s ceremonies and celebrations:

  • Graduates and guests for the day’s events should park at Autzen Stadium, with carpooling and ride sharing highly encouraged. There will be no public parking on campus. Free shuttles between Autzen and the main UO campus will run continuously throughout the day.
  • Parking lots at Autzen Stadium open at 6:30 a.m. and stadium gates open at 7:30. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and is expected to last 90 minutes.
  • Graduates will gather at the Moshofsky Plaza beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Gra(n)d Entrance into Autzen will begin at 8:15 a.m. through the west tunnel.
  • The main commencement ceremony will be livestreamed.
  • Attorney and activist Amy Bowers Cordalis, a 2003 graduate in political science and member of the Yurok Tribe, will be the keynote speaker.
  • Ceremonies for schools and colleges will follow the main UO commencement ceremony, taking place on the same day in locations around campus.
  • In addition to the schools and colleges, other celebrations mark the accomplishments of multicultural and identity-based student groups, including the Black Graduation Celebration and Lavender Graduation Celebration.
  • The School of Law celebrated its 137th graduating class at its commencement ceremony on May 20.
  • In between ceremonies, the campus community will celebrate commencement on the Erb Memorial Union Green with complimentary snacks and refreshments. GradFest activities will include photo opportunities with the large green and yellow O. The EMU also includes places to sit and relax and expanded food service venues.
  • East 13th Avenue in front of Matthew Knight Arena will be closed to westbound traffic throughout the day.
  • Both the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History are open with free admission on commencement day.

Visit the commencement website for more information.