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Commencement 2020 Update

Dear students,

There is no doubt that these are unprecedented and confusing times for all of us. For perhaps the first time in history, the University of Oregon has made the decision to close its campus for the spring quarter and cancel all in-person commencement activities scheduled for this June. While of course we were saddened to hear this news, we recognize that extraordinary measures are required in extraordinary circumstances. This difficult decision was the best for the greater safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the many friends, family and guests that come to campus each year for commencement activities.

Many of our graduating students look forward to their commencement day and are devastated at this development. We have received dozens of questions about what will happen for Sociology students to recognize their degree completion this June, and we have started to ponder this question ourselves. We are brainstorming possibilities using remote technology and are awaiting further guidance from UO commencement planners.

Unfortunately, at this time we do not have a clear answer to offer. We understand your disappointment and frustration, and we hope to have a clearer idea of how we might celebrate our students’ many accomplishments in the coming weeks once spring term is underway. We will communicate our plans via this website and Canvas and will update our commencement pages with new information as soon as it is available.

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestion, please feel free to reach out via email to and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your flexibility, determination, and integrity during this period of interruption. We hope to see you all again (in person!) very soon.

Stay healthy and best wishes,

Your Sociology commencement planners