Concerning the Timing and Manner of Graduation Ceremonies

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Bill Harbaugh (CAS - Economics, Senator); Dare Baldwin (CAS - Psychology, Senator); Heather Barclay (Student Senator); Jay Butler (Classified Staff Senator); Edward Davis (CAS - Earth Sciences, Senator); Spike Gildea (CAS - Linguistics); Anthony Hornof (CAS - Computer Science, Senator); Natalie Hawkins (Student Senator); Adelle Iseri (Student Senator); Ryan Light (CAS - Sociology, Senator); Fabienne Moore (CAS - Romance Languages, Senator); Matthew Norton (CAS - Sociology, Senator); Elise O'Brien (Student Senator); Jordan Pridemore (Student Senator); Stephen Rust (CAS - English, Senator); Jim Schombert (CAS - Physics, Senator); Kate Thornhill (UO Libraries, Senator); ASUO Senate (endorsed unanimously 02.22.2023)


Section I

1.1 WHEREAS the University of Oregon’s graduation ceremonies are held for the recognition and honoring of our students' academic experience's at our University; and

1.2 WHEREAS; For many years UO’s graduation ceremonies were held on the weekend immediately following finals week, as is academically appropriate, but in 2010 the University Administration moved graduation to the Monday after the completion of finals week to avoid conflict with the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships; and

1.3 WHEREAS this year a conflict with another sporting event, the Nike Outdoor Nationals, and then the Juneteenth Holiday have pushed graduation until Tuesday of the week after finals; and

1.4 WHEREAS; the weekend immediately after finals finish on Friday is a convenient time for our students and their celebrating families, particularly those with inflexible work schedules, to travel to Eugene; and

1.5 WHEREAS; for many years UO has emphasized its department, school, or college level graduation ceremonies, where students can graduate with friends from their majors, and where families can meet department faculty and staff, while this year the University is shifting the emphasis of graduation to a University-wide ceremony held in the football stadium, which will reduce opportunities for such interactions.

Section II

2.1 THEREFORE BE IT MOVED that it is the sense of the Senate that graduation should be held on the weekend immediately following finals week, and that the University should prioritize department, school, and college level ceremonies; and 

2.2 THEREFORE BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED that the Senate leadership shall work with the university administration to form a Graduation Task Force with the participation of faculty, students, staff, and OAs, to work to improve graduation ceremonies, and that the Senate President shall appoint those members of this Task Force from Senate constituencies; and

2.3 THEREFORE BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED that the work of this Graduation Task Force shall be public, with meeting times and Zoom links as well as agendas and documents posted on the Senate website; and

2.4 THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY MOVED that the Graduation Task Force shall bring its recommendations to the Senate for a vote, before the end of the 2022-23 Academic Year.

Motion History

  • Notice Given

  • Approved