College of Design Commencement Information

students at commencement

Join us for the 2019 College of Design Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. on the Knight Library South Lawn

Preparing to Participate in Commencement

The College of Design Commencement ceremony is for both graduates and undergraduates.

If you were awarded your degree in Fall 2018, Winter 2019, or you applied to graduate for Spring 2019 by the deadline, you will automatically be included to participate in the Commencement ceremony and have your name included in the printed program.

If you won’t be completing your degree by Spring 2019, but will complete it either in Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Winter 2020, you are still eligible to participate in the June 2019 Commencement ceremony. You will need to fill out a Walk-Only form (available in your major department office at the beginning of spring term) and return that form to your major department's office.

Main University Commencement Ceremony

The main University ceremony is Monday, June 17, 2019. The university graduation celebration begins with an academic parade to the Matthew Knight Arena at 8:15 a.m. The UO Commencement website provides further details about this celebration, including information on ordering tickets.

College of Design Commencement Details

Commencement Speaker

Nate McCoy is the executive director, operations manager, and spokesperson for the National Association of Minority Contractors – Oregon Chapter (NAMC-Oregon), a trade association founded in 1969 to address the needs of minority contractors through advocacy, outreach and business support. McCoy is responsible for building programs that advance the organization’s mission as well as resource development and streamlining operations. Prior to joining NAMC-Oregon, he spent seven years as a senior construction coordinator for both the Portland Housing Bureau and Prosper Portland.


The College of Design ceremony will take place on the Knight Library South Lawn. We expect around 4,000 guests and seating is limited. No tickets are necessary for guest seating. There is a different college ceremony prior to ours, so guests should not arrive earlier than 3:00 p.m. 


Parking on or around campus on Monday will be difficult and generally unavailable unless you have a permit. Free shuttle service is provided from the Autzen Stadium parking lot to the main campus. Guests with mobility needs or who require accessible transport may visit the accommodations and accessibility page for more information. See the UO Commencement and UO Campus Maps pages for detailed parking and location information.

Staging and Processional

Candidates for graduation are to gather at the staging area between the Gerlinger Annex and the Knight Library no later than 3:30 p.m. on Commencement day.

Pick up your preprinted name card from your major department during finals week in spring term. If you absolutely cannot pick up your name card prior to Commencement day, they will be available the day of commencement starting at 2 p.m. at the staging area. Your name will be read aloud from this card. Make any necessary changes on this card. Write legibly, and complete the phonetic spelling section if you feel it would help the reader pronounce your name correctly.

Shortly before 4 p.m., be prepared to follow the College of Design flag bearer, who will lead the procession in this order: Commencement speaker, dean, College of Design faculty, and graduates.


Although formal regalia are not required, students are expected to wear caps and gowns for the ceremonies. PhD and master's degree candidates must order their regalia from the Duck Store in advance of the ceremony. Undergraduate candidates can purchase caps and gowns from the Duck Store as well. Check with the University of Oregon Duck Store for ordering deadlines.


College of Design students along with their families and friends can find refreshments at any of the university's festival sites around campus. The sites will be available all day for visitors to stop by, grab a bite and a beverage, and toast their graduate. Find festival sites and other commencement activity details. Guests, students, and faculty attending the College of Design Commencement ceremony are welcome to visit the Memorial Quad from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for refreshments. This is the festival site closest to the Knight Library South Lawn.


Graduation announcements are available through CB Graduation Announcements. Order graduation announcements online or by phone at 800-211-0436 as soon as possible.

Special Accommodations

Limited seating will be available as a priority for ADA guests and secondly on an as-available basis. If you want to secure this seating, please plan to be at the ceremony site as early as possible after 3:00 p.m. If you require seating for an ADA accommodation, please contact Tiffany Benefiel  at your earliest convenience. There is drop-off access for guests who are unable to walk to the ceremony site, or they can use the ADA-accessible shuttle service referenced in the “Parking” section above.

Contact Tiffany Benefiel, 541-346-3631, to request either sign language interpretation or alternative formats of the printed ceremony program. Sign language interpretation must be requested two or more weeks before Commencement day.

If you are a graduating student who needs special accommodations, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 541-346-3216.


If you have questions about eligibility, program listing, etc. please contact your department. If you have general questions about the College of Design ceremony, please contact Tiffany Benefiel in the Dean’s Office, 541-346-3631.