University prepares for its 144th commencement events

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The University of Oregon’s 144th commencement ceremony will celebrate the achievements of 5,012 graduates in a live webcast Saturday, June 20, starting at 9 a.m.

  • The commencement address will be given by graduate Sabrina Ionescu, the record-setting Duck basketball star and national player of the year who will be receiving her master’s degree in advertising and brand responsibility. Other speakers will be UO President Michael H. Schill and Sabinna Pierre, 2019-20 president of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon.
  • The main webcast will be followed by prerecorded ceremonies for schools and colleges at 10:30 a.m. All graduates will have their names read as part of these broadcasts. Students were given the option of adding a photo, video and message to personalize their recognition.
  • In addition to the schools and colleges, other ceremonies are held for multicultural and identity-based student groups, including the Black Grad Ceremony, Native American Graduation Ceremony and Lavender Graduation.
  • Graduates who registered in advance will receive celebration boxes filled with special gifts to help them commemorate their big day. Digital wallpaper and printable posters are also available online.
  • Phil Knight, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the UO in 1959, will receive an honorary doctorate degree­, the UO’s highest honor.
  • The School of Law celebrated its graduates with a virtual celebration May 30.
  • An overview of Commencement 2020 highlights some of the many outstanding students who will be receiving their degrees. 
  • The class of 2020 is invited to return to campus and attend next year’s in-person commencement celebration on June 14, 2021. In order to stay informed of plans for Commencement 2021, graduates are encouraged to forward their UO email to their personal email address before they graduate.