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Philosophy Department Commencement

Spring Commencement ~ 11 AM on Saturday, 13 June 2020

in the Beall Concert Hall
which is inside of the MarAbel B. Frohnmayer Music Building at 961 East 18th Avenue

Please note that the Saturday ceremony is for Philosophy only; the all-University Commencement is on Monday, June 15.

The first step to graduating with your Philosophy degree is to apply for your degree online.
Please note that applying for your degree is not required if you just want to participate in the Commencement festivities with others in your class; however, if you don’t apply, you will not receive a physical diploma. Students are allowed to apply for graduation up to twelve months before the intended term of graduation.

Undergraduate students apply on Duck Web
Graduate students apply on the Graduate School Website

Undergraduate Degree application deadlines:
Please note: the last day for undergraduate students to apply for graduation is Sunday at 11:59 PM after the fourth week of classes. After that, DuckWeb will no longer allow students to apply for graduation online; students must visit the Office of the Registrar and file a late petition to graduate.

  • Fall – Sunday, 27 October 2019
  • Winter – Sunday, 2 February 2020
  • Spring – Sunday, 26 April 2020
  • Summer – Sunday, 19 July 2020

Graduate Degree application deadlines:
Please note: graduate students planning to receive an advanced degree or graduate certificate must file an online application for advanced degree no later than the end of the second week of classes in the term of completion.

  • Fall – Friday, 11 October 2019
  • Winter – Friday, 17 January 2020
  • Spring – Friday, 10 April 2020
  • Summer – Friday, 3 July 2020

Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall graduates are welcome to participate in our Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony (the Department does not hold a Summer Commencement ceremony).

Spring Commencement Participation

The Philosophy Faculty invite graduating students and their guests to attend the Department’s graduation ceremony at 11:00 AM on Saturday, 13 June 2020, in the Beall Concert Hall, which is inside of the MarAbel B. Frohnmayer Music Building at 961 East 18th Avenue.

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The 2020 ceremony will be live-streamed to the internet at! Undergraduate students who plan to walk in the ceremony need to fill out a Graduation Information Form by Thursday June 11, which is available either for online submission (preferred) or as a hardcopy PDF (to be submitted to the Philosophy Department Office). Graduate students need to submit a statement to their advisor.

Invitations and regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) can be ordered from the University of Oregon Duck Store. Graduation Images will photograph all graduates at the ceremony (more information about Graduation Images is below).

This ceremony is for both undergraduate and graduate majors, and we anticipate that our ceremony will not exceed 90 minutes. Although no tickets are required to attend the Philosophy Department’s graduation ceremony, early arrivals always have the best choice of seating. Graduating students will be individually recognized on stage and are expected to be at the commencement location, fully robed by 10:45 AM; students and faculty will be led into a rehearsal room, form a single line to march into the Hall (faculty in the lead, followed by PhD, then MA, then BA/BS), and then take seats roped off and reserved for the graduates. Students will rise by rows when the first student’s name is called; each student will walk up the steps on the right hand side of the stage, approach the lectern, stop with feet pointing in the same direction as the graphic of feet on the floor (for the hand-shake photo op), receive an empty diploma cover (the actual diploma is mailed directly to each student’s “RO Diploma address” several weeks after commencement and after all grades have been entered for the graduating term), and then exit the stage by walking down the steps on the opposite end of the stage and returning to the same seat.

To watch an archived webcast of the Philosophy Department’s Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony, see

All-University Commencement

Information about the University Graduation Celebration is on the UO Commencement page (the main ceremony will take place at 9:30 AM in the Matthew Knight Arena, preceded by a Duck Walk Parade/Processional to the Arena from the corner of 13th Avenue & University Street in front of the EMU that begins promptly at 8:15 AM).

To watch an archived webcast of the All-University Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony, see

Commencement Regalia

This is a YouTube video that shows proper hood draping:

The American Council on Education (ACE) maintains a webpage on Academic Regalia.  Featured content includes Academic Costume Code, Academic Ceremony Guide, and an Historical Overview of the Academic Costume Code.

Commencement Photography

Graduation is near!  GradImages® will be there to capture your images during the ceremony. Don’t forget to Pre-Register prior to the event to share your photos with loved ones, to receive a coupon code for 20% off of an order of $50 or more, AND a chance to win $5,000!  Visit, click on PRE-REGISTRATION, and follow the online instructions. Providing the folks at GradImages® the most correct and up-to-date contact information ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. You may register your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.

  • Photos of our Spring 2020 Ceremony will be available 24-48 hours after the event. Photos of our Spring 2019 Ceremony are archived and available to view & order by visiting the GradImages® website at Simply enter your Last Name, enter University of Oregon as your school name, and select 2019 from the drop down menu. Once you see your name, click on the link to view your photos. Click here for detailed information on how GradImages® makes photo proofs available.  If you need additional help to locate your photos, call the GradImages® customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email them at

Lodging, Parking, and Public Transportation

If you have concerns about hotel availability for Commencement 2020, please note that Travel Lane County has provided a very helpful site listing room availability for more than 60 venues in the Eugene/Springfield area. This website is available at:

Please note that parking on campus will be extremely limited. Folks entering and exiting campus will most likely experience delays due to congestion and street closures necessary to maintain safe conditions for graduates and guests.  Commencement attendees are encouraged to utilize the Lane Transit District bus system.

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