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Spotlight – Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony 2017

Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, June 18, 2017 – 12:30 p.m. – 156 Straub Hall

Reception immediately following the ceremony in the same location.

Congratulations to the Cinema Studies majors participating in the 2017 Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony! Please read below for important information on registering to participate in the Cinema Studies ceremony, applying to graduate, ordering regalia and honors cords, and important day-of-event information.

Register to Participate in the Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony:

If you are graduating by fall 2017, you are eligible to walk in the Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony.  In order to participate in the Cinema Studies Ceremony, students must submit the Cinema Studies Commencement Reservation form by Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Please note that “participating in commencement” is not the same thing as “graduating.”  Diplomas are not issued at the Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony (see below for information on graduating).

Deadline to register to participate in the Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony is Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In order to have your name printed in the program, eligible majors must complete the Cinema Studies Commencement Reservation form by Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Note: Students with a “confidentiality directory release restriction” must contact to provide written authorization to have their name printed in the program.


“Graduating” and “participating in commencement” are two different things. “Graduating” means you are receiving a diploma. You can only receive a diploma if you have completed all of your requirements. You will receive your actual diploma by mail 6-8 weeks after your graduation date, not during the commencement ceremony.

Apply to graduate on DuckWeb

You must apply to graduate, which is done on DuckWeb (Student Menu=>Apply for Undergraduate Degree). Applying to graduate means that you’re telling the university, “I am finished with all my classes and requirements. Please award my diploma.”

Upcoming deadlines to apply for a degree:

  1. Spring 2017 degree: April 30, 2017
  2. Summer 2017 degree (includes “zero week”): July 14, 2017
  3. Fall 2017 degree: October 22, 2017

A degree will not be awarded if your general education requirements and all declared major and minor requirements are not met.

Contact if you have any questions about degree requirements. You are eligible to walk in the commencement ceremony if you are applying to graduate by Fall 2017.

Please note that you can either apply for a Bachelor’s Degree or the Film Certificate, but not both. The Bachelor’s Degree and the Film Certificate are two different undergraduate achievements with different requirements.



Regalia may be purchased through the UO Bookstore during the annual Grad Fair April 10th – 13th from 10 am – 6 pm in the Duck Store Annex. Visit the UO Commencement website for more information.

Program Honors

Students eligible for program honors may purchase honor cords with their regalia. Cinema Studies will notify students if they qualify for honors. Students with program honors will be noted in the commencement program.

Latin Honors

Graduating seniors who have earned at least 90 credits in residence at the University of Oregon and have successfully completed all other university degree requirements are eligible for graduation with Latin honors. The Office of the Registrar computes Latin honors upon graduation.  Once students are notified by the Office of the Registrar that they are receiving Latin honors, students will be able to purchase an honors cord at the Duck Store.



Cinema Studies Grads Arrive in Straub Hall by 11:30 a.m.

Please arrive with your regalia and honors cords in Straub Hall by no later than 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Upon arrival, please check into Straub 151, complete a name card, and remain in Straub 151 until directed to line up outside the room. If you want to sit with another Cinema Studies grad, make sure you are in front of or behind them when you line up. There will be signs and staff to assist you. Grads will wait in line until the processional begins at 12:30 p.m.

Location and Parking

Straub Hall is located at 1451 Onyx Street. View a Google Map here.  Free parking is available on campus on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Please see the Cinema Studies Parking Map for the closest available parking for the Cinema Studies commencement ceremony.

Note: Parking for the main UO Commencement ceremony on Monday, June 19, 2017 will be very limited. The university provides parking at Autzen Stadium. Please visit the UO Commencement website for parking, transportation, and travel details for Monday, June 19, 2017.

Name Cards

All grads will complete a name card when they arrive. Grads need to keep their name cards throughout the ceremony. You will turn it in just before proceeding across the stage to get your diploma cover. Note: A space is provided on the card to write your name phonetically, if needed.


Graduates wear their tassels on the right and will move them to the left when directed by the Cinema Studies Director during the ceremony.

Guest Seating in Straub Hall

No tickets are required for the Cinema Studies commencement ceremony. Seating for guests will be on a first-come, first-served basis in 156 Straub Hall. There is enough seating inside 156 Straub Hall for each grad to bring approximately six guests. Grads bringing more than six guests should indicate accordingly on the Cinema Studies Commencement Reservation.  Additional seating will be available in a nearby overflow room with a live feed of the ceremony in the event that 156 Straub Hall is full.

Grads will be seated on the main floor in the center of 156 Straub Hall.

Accessibility and Accommodations for the Ceremony

The University of Oregon strives to create an inclusive environment for all members of our community. Accommodations are provided when needed to remove barriers created by the setting or format of events. If you or any of your guests need accommodations for the ceremony, such as accessible seating/parking or sign language interpreters, please  indicate on the Cinema Studies Commencement Reservation or contact Tim McGovney at 541-346-8104 by June 2, 2017. Any requests made after that day may not be able to be accommodated.  

Please call Tim McGovney at 541-346-8104 by May 19, 2017 for large-print or alternative formats of the ceremony program.


Professional photographer Joshua Rainey will take a photo of each grad while proceeding across the stage. After the commencement ceremony, please visit to review and purchase photos from the photographer. Photos taken before and after the ceremony will also be available for purchase.

Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony Agenda

The agenda for the commencement ceremony will be as follows:

  • Processional: The processional will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m., and grads will be escorted into the ceremony by Cinema Studies faculty. Please remain standing until the Cinema Studies Director indicates you should sit.
  • Opening and introductions
  • Presentation of awards
  • Commencement speaker
  • Recognition of graduates: Grads will be released by row to go up to the stage to receive their diploma covers. Before crossing the stage, grads will give their name cards to the faculty member, then proceed across the stage as their names are read, shake the Director’s hand, pose for a photo, and return to their seats. The Director will indicate when to move the tassels from right to left.
  • Closing Remarks
  • Video
  • Recessional
  • Class photo: Grads will move to the stage inside Straub 156 for a group photo.


We invite all Cinema Studies graduates and guests to remain in Straub Hall after the ceremony for a reception with light appetizers, desserts, beverages, and music.


 University of Oregon Main Ceremony

The main University of Oregon commencement ceremony will be held Monday, June 19, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. (grad parade is at 8:15 a.m.).

New in 2017: Tickets Required for the University Commencement Ceremony:  Due to limited capacity, graduates will need to register to reserve a seat at the University Commencement Ceremony at Matt Knight Arena on Monday, June 19th, and tickets will be required for guests. Guest tickets are FREE, but are limited.

Registration for the main UO commencement ceremony will begin April 10th – Visit to register. 

Graduates who register before May 10th will receive two guest tickets; after May 10th, any available guest tickets will be distributed equally between already-registered graduates and new registrations.

Visit the UO Commencement website for more information about the main ceremony, tickets for the main ceremony, and parking and shuttle information.

Note:  Tickets are only required for the main UO Commencement Ceremony on Monday, June 19th.  Tickets are NOT required for the Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 18th.

Life Beyond UO

Visit the UO Alumni page periodically for events for upcoming graduates that can range from workshops on public speaking and job search strategies, to networking and conference opportunities.  Graduates receive one year of membership with purchase of a cap and gown. You will receive access to career-related programming, alumni networking events, mentorship opportunities, member-only events like watch parties and lunches, discounts, etc. Visit the UO Alumni website for more information on the Senior Send-off on June 8th, Alumni InDUCKtion on June 18thDuck Career Network, and Life Beyond UO