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Class of 2015


The Ethnic Studies Department’s Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony will be held at noon on Sunday, June 12, at Deschutes Lawn (this is just west of the 13th Ave. kiosk, between Huestis and Deschutes Halls). This will be an outdoor, unticketed, public event for ES/NAS majors, minors and their guests.  Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.


Ethnic Studies is happy to honor requests for alter-able accommodations. Wheelchair access, Braille programs and sign language interpretation are readily available for requests made by Wednesday, May 25th, 2016.


Students who were awarded their degrees during the Fall/Winter terms, and students who applied for their degrees by April 24th will receive in the mail the following materials: a Commencement Info Flyer with more details about Commencement Day, the UO and ES ceremonies, regalia, etc.; a commencement map; an Ethnic Studies Ceremony Description and a Name Card. It is imperative that students bring their name cards to the ceremony. This card lets us know that you are indeed present, and ensures that your name will be called. Your name will be called as it is printed on the card unless you make any changes to the card.


Students are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, May 25th. This is so the department can provide enough food and chairs for everyone. This can be done by returning the bottom portion of the Commencement Info Flyer to the Ethnic Studies office, or by sending an email to We ask that students attending the ceremony arrive between 11:00 -11:40 a.m. on the day of the Ethnic Studies ceremony (Sunday, June 12th), and check in with Donella Alston or Angie Hopkins at the check-in table. It is there that Name Cards will be handed in.

Further information about the University-wide commencement day and commencement related activities (Monday, June 13th), can be found on the web at:


4 Questions Deadline: Wednesday May 25th

Students attending the ceremony are requested to answer the 4 questions listed below. Responses to these questions will be incorporated into the personal introduction that will be delivered by an ES faculty member from the podium during our ceremony. Faculty will not be able to reference a given student’s personal accomplishments without these responses. Please respond as soon as possible, (no later than Wednesday, May 25th). We may also include your remarks in the next issue of the Ethnic Studies newsletter:

1) What achievements during your time at the UO are most important to you?

2) Why did you choose Ethnic Studies/Native American Studies as your major/minor? What have you gained from participating in this course of study?

3) What are your plans for after graduation?

4) Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?


More information about UO graduation activities can be found at the Office of Student Life’s commencement web page:


For the University-wide Commencement Ceremony, please click HERE.

NEW! Be a Duck Commencement Guide App! (Download it here)

Commencement Info Flyer 2016

Grad Fest Info

Grad Check List

Lodging Information

Parking, Transportation & Travel Information

ES/NAS Ceremony Description

UO Commencement Day Accessibility & Accommodations

Week 6 Commencement Letter Info (This will be mailed in hard copy to student’s DuckWeb address and emailed to student’s @uoregon address):
Fall & Winter Degree Recipients

Spring & Summer Degree Applicants




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