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Commencement 2020

Credit to LA Johnson NPR

Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom

The Earth Sciences faculty and staff invite graduates and their guests to attend the department’s graduation ceremony online via Zoom.  Graduates must register to participate using the graduate survey link on this page in order to receive the shareable Zoom invitation.

Department Commencement Participation Information

The ceremony is for both graduate and undergraduate Geological and Earth Science majors  Graduating students will be individually recognized as they receive their diploma. The ceremony will be approximately an hour long.

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

The UO Duck Store is holding a virtual Grad Fair this year. The annual commencement fee has been waived, and all graduates may order a diploma cover free of charge, thanks to a donation from the University of Oregon Alumni Association.  Regalia and diploma covers can be ordered here:


If there is any silver lining here, it is that there is no mad scramble this year to try and find a hotel room for Commencement, nor will parking be an issue.  Also, we do not anticipate any need for limiting the number of guests you may invite!

A Zoom tutorial is linked HERE, and we recommend that you and your guests all give the platform a trial run before the ceremony to ensure that everyone can participate.


We invite graduates and their guests to also watch the main University of Oregon commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 20th at 9 a.m. (Pacific time) Details regarding this celebration can be found at:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who may participate 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 via this survey. 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 20th or not? For planning purposes, the department needs to know how many students will be participating in the ceremony. If you completed your degree in Fall or Winter, or plan to in Spring or Summer this year please complete this graduate survey.



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