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Commencement 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. in the Willamette Hall Atrium

The Earth Sciences faculty and staff invite graduates and their guests to attend the department’s graduation ceremony and reception in the Paul Olum Atrium in Willamette Hall. No tickets are required.

Applying for your Degree

Undergraduate students apply on Duckweb. The deadline to apply for a Spring undergraduate degree is April 26th.

Graduate students apply on the Graduate School Website. The deadline to apply for a Spring graduate degree is April 12th.

Be sure to apply for the term in which you will actually finish your degree.

Department Commencement Participation Information

The ceremony is for both graduate and undergraduate Geological and Earth Science majors and minors, and is a combined ceremony with the Physics Department. Graduating students will be individually recognized as they receive their diploma. The ceremony will be approximately an hour long, and a reception with refreshments will follow.

Graduates should plan to arrive between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. on graduation day. Please check in at the table at the main entrance to Willamette Hall on 13th Street.

If you are a graduate for the 2019-20 academic year, please complete this short survey.

Announcements, Regalia & Graduation Photos

Announcements and regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) can be ordered from the UO Duck Store starting March 23th. Graduates are not required to wear a cap and gown but most do.

The UO Duck Store will hold a Grad Fair April 6-9th at their 13th & Kincaid street location. Representatives will be present from regalia, announcement, and photography companies to answer your questions and take care of all your graduation needs in one place.

Grad Images will be providing commencement photography for the university, and will photograph our graduates at the department ceremony. Students can pre-register at You will be contacted by Grad Images after the ceremony with information on how to order photographs.

Guests & Parking

Please encourage guests to make their reservations for hotels early as local hotels fill quickly this time of year.

Parking on the UO main campus during commencement is strongly discouraged. Visit the main university commencement website for parking recommendations, shuttle information, and maps: Note: parking is provided for the day at Autzen Stadium with the campus accessible by shuttle every 15-20 minutes. Guests with limited mobility or who require accessible transport click herePlease encourage guests to arrive at the Autzen Stadium parking at least an hour prior to ceremony start time.

If other accommodations are needed at the departmental ceremony for graduates or guests, please notify Marla Trox at, by phone at (541) 346-4669, or add the information in the survey. Wheelchair seating will be available in the atrium, but please let us know your needs so we can accommodate everyone.


We invite graduates and their guests to also attend the main University of Oregon commencement ceremony beginning with the “Grad Parade” to the Matthew Knight Arena on Monday, June 15th at 8:45 a.m. Details regarding this celebration can be found at:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who may walk in the Department of Earth Sciences ceremony? Undergraduate Earth and Geological Science majors, minors, and graduate students who graduated Fall 2019, Winter 2020, or who applied to graduate Spring 2020, or who WILL graduate Summer 2020.
  • Whose name is listed in the department commencement program? Students who apply to graduate Spring 2020, Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 graduates, and students who are graduating Summer 2020 and notify us that they plan to walk in the ceremony on June 15th. Summer graduates who do not notify the department will not be listed in the program.
  • How do I notify the department that I plan to participate in the ceremony on June 15th or not? For planning purposes, the department needs to know how many students will be walking in the ceremony. If you completed your degree in Fall or Winter, or plan to in Spring or Summer this year please complete this survey.



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