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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, Angela Joya

UO Spring Commencement will be on:

Monday, June 15th, 2015

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 2014


A sunny EMU Amphitheater at the start of our ceremony

A sunny EMU Amphitheater at the start of our ceremony

It was wet but certainly memorable!

Nearly 150 undergraduate and graduate students braved the elements to receive their diplomas on Monday, June 16th as their friends and families looked on. Professor Stephen Wooten stepped in to emcee the ceremony, while IS professors Kathie Carpenter, Derrick Hindery, Angela Joya, and Kristin Yarris hooded the grads, and handed diploma covers to undergrads.

Musicians from the local Javanese Gamelan Siri Pandhawa provided ambient music, as well as a featured piece “Lagu Penghijauan” by K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat during the ceremony. Graduate Student Samantha Gammons and Undergraduate Gian Luca Gamberini both gave memorable speeches recounting memories of their experience and expressing as sense of optimism and excitement for the future. Our featured alumni commencement speaker, Liesl Messerschmidt (BA, 1996), gave a wonderful and inspiring speech, in addition.

Liesl Messerschmidt as our featured Alumni Commencement Speaker

Liesl Messerschmidt as our featured Alumni Commencement Speaker


Unfortunately, what started out as a promising day in terms of weather, the sunshine turned quickly to Oregon rain showers during the speeches.

Rainy Commencement Spring 2014

Graduates (and guests) persevered under umbrellas, plastic ponchos and programs, and quickly accepted their degrees before seeking shelter from the downpour. The remaining guests and grads enjoyed a reprieve from the rain and were treated to a variety of international snacks and celebratory cake at a reception following.

Read the commencement speeches here!

Gamberini Commencement Speech 2014

Liesl Messerschmidt Commencement Speech 2014