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The Ethnic Studies Department’s Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held at noon on Sunday, June 18th, 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. Accessible seating/parking, sign language interpretation, for example, are readily available for requests made by Friday, June 2nd, 2017. Requests made after this date may not be fulfilled.


Students who were awarded their degrees during the Fall/Winter terms, students who applied for their degrees by April 30th, and Summer term degree applicants who have contacted Ethnic Studies/applied for their degrees by April 30th, 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.; 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 Friday, June 2nd. This is so the department can provide enough food and chairs for everyone, and address accessibility accommodations. Students may RSVP at this link.  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 18th), and check in with Donella Alston or Amy Thomas 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 19th), can be found on the web at:


4 Questions Deadline: Friday, June 2nd

Students attending the ceremony are requested to answer the 4 questions listed below. For your convenience, the questions are incorporated into the RSVP web form. 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. 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:


RSVP / ES 4 Questions

Grad Check List

Grad Fair (for regalia, invitations, etc.)

*NEW* UO Ceremony Ticket Information

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

ES/NAS Commencement Info Flyer 2017

ES/NAS Ceremony Description

Activities & Ceremonies

Lodging Information

Parking, Transportation & Travel Information

UO Commencement Day Accessibility & Accommodations

Week 5 Commencement Letter Info (This has been mailed in hard copy to the student’s DuckWeb address and emailed to student’s @uoregon address):
Fall_Winter Graduates

Spring & Summer Degree Applicants



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