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International Studies Commencement

INTL faculty


IS Core Faculty (from left to right) Back Row: Galen Martin, Derrick Hindery, Stephen Wooten, Kristin Yarris; Front Row: Dennis Galvan, Kathie Carpenter, Anita Weiss, Angela Joya. Not pictured: Yvonne Braun


UO Summer Commencement will be on:

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

There is no separate Summer Commencement for the Department of International Studies.

UO Spring Commencement for Academic Year 2015-16 will be on Monday, June 16th.

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 2014 and Spring 2015. 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 in August. 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 2015


Spring Audience

Spring 2015 Commencement Monday was full of sunshine, smiles, and celebration

Nearly 120 undergraduate and graduate students received their diplomas on Monday, June 15th as their friends and families looked on. Professor Anita Weiss emceed the ceremony for her final year as Department Head, while IS professors Kathie Carpenter, Dennis Galvan, Derrick Hindery, Angela Joya, Geoff Kennedy, Galen Martin, Stephen Wooten and Kristin Yarris hooded the grads, and handed diploma covers to undergrads.

Local musicians Deva Priyo, along with Glenn Faulkenberg and Rich Fling, delighted the audience and graduates with an eclectic performance featuring classical Spanish guitar, bass and percussion, playing a unique blend of Afro-Mediterranean Gypsy trance music.  while the audience gathered, as well as a featured piece during the ceremony.


Graduate Student Najla Sabri and Undergraduate Andrea Prais both gave memorable speeches recounting memories of their experience and expressing as sense of optimism and excitement for the future.

Najla Andrea Speech

Our featured alumni commencement speaker, R. Glenn Mittermann (MA, 1987), gave a wonderful and inspiring speech, in addition to being awarded the first International Studies Distinguished Alumni Award.

Glenn Award

Guests and graduates followed the ceremony by celebrating at a small reception on the balcony of the EMU, overlooking the ceremony Amphitheater, while enjoying cake and refreshments with their families.

Read Glenn’s commencement speech here!

Mittermann Commencement Speech 2015