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International Studies Commencement



IS Core Faculty (from left to right) Kathie Carpenter, Glenn Mitterman, Yvonne Braun, Stephen Wooten, Derrick Hindery, Galen Martin. Not pictured: Anita M. Weiss, Dennis Galvan, Kristin Yarris

UO Spring Commencement will be on:

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The UO general commencement ceremony will be held from 9:30am-11:00am on that day in the Matthew Knight Arena. Please click on the link above for information about the main ceremony, other UO ceremony times and locations, Grad Fest activities and location, and important information for guests, including parking shuttles.

INTL Ceremony Details

*Students (graduate, undergraduate) planning to participate in the INTL ceremony must check in at the check-in table (located near the outside entrance to the BUZZ coffeeshop) between 11:15am and 11:45pm*

Location: EMU Amphitheater, East 13th Avenue & University Street. This is an outdoor venue, and guests are encouraged to bring sun and rain protection, depending on weather conditions of the day.

Time: Ceremony begins at noon. Guests may arrive and find seats beginning at 11 am. Graduating students are requested to assemble by the check in table beginning at 11:15 am. The ceremony typically lasts around 90 minutes.

Reception: The Department of International Studies offers a reception immediately following the ceremony, with cake and refreshments for graduates and their guests. The reception location is across from exterior entrance of the EMU Buzz Coffee House, a couple of steps south of the ceremony venue.

Other Questions:

How many guests can I invite/where can I get tickets? There is no limit to the number of guests you can invite to the INTL ceremony, and there are no tickets to be issued. Seating is first come, first serve. If you have a guest with accessibility needs or mobility issues, please contact the INTL office in 175 PLC, or call 541-346-5051.

Can students participate in both the UO main ceremony and that for INTL? Yes! Students can participate both ceremonies. The UO main ceremony is scheduled to end at 11, allowing students enough time to walk from the Matt Knight Arena to the EMU amphitheater and check in at the INTL table.

Is regalia required? No, students do not have to purchase regalia, nor do they have to wear the traditional cap and gown to participate in our ceremony. However, the vast majority of students choose to do so.

I was given permission to walk; why am I not listed as a graduating senior in the program? The INTL commencement program lists all INTL students who will have completed their requirements between Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Students who have permission to participate in our Spring commencement ceremony, and whose requirements will be completed at a later date, will be recognized individually as they walk across the stage to accept their diploma cover.

Does INTL offer a Summer Commencement Ceremony? The Department of International Studies does not hold a separate graduation ceremony during the summer.The UO Summer Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for August 16th, 2014. Any student from the UO who will be complete with their requirements during summer can participate. Details can be found here.


Last Year’s Ceremony Details; INTL Class of 2013

It was a lovely afternoon on Monday, June 17th, 2013. The sun shone warmly on the ceremony location at the EMU amphitheatre in the heart of the UO Campus. Family members and friends of graduates assembled early at the venue to get settled and await the arrival of the students dressed in their dark green caps and gowns. By the time faculty and students began the processional, the entire seating area for the audience was fully occupied, and bystanders were situated around the perimeter.

IS Department Head, Anita Weiss, emceed the program of events; musicians Josh Feinberg and Doug Scheuerell provided North Indian classical music on tabla and sitar during the Processional and Recessional while the group Capoeira Oregon played a rousing solo performance of a traditional Brazilian Capoeira music medley; graduate student Jean Faye and undergraduate student Sophia Borgias addressed their classmates with touching commencement speeches; IS alumni Kathy Poole (1991), who currently works as the Director of Special Programs at the UO’s Office of International Affairs was invited to deliver the Alumni Commencement Address; IS professor Dennis Galvan offered  inspirational words to the graduating class as the ceremony concluded.

The department recognized ten graduate students receiving Master’s of Arts degrees, and 91 undergraduates were acknowledged individually as they walked across the stage to receive their diploma covers. Following the ceremony, faculty, graduates and guests enjoyed a reception with food and beverages on the balcony overlooking the amphitheater and celebrated their completion of the International Studies Program.

Sophia Borgias 2013                  Jean Faye 2013               INTL Undergrads

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