Cinema Studies 2022 Commencement Day Details!

Graduates in regalia listening to a speaker

Congratulations Cinema Studies

Please read below for details on when to arrive, parking, photography, and more! 

Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, June 12, 2022 • 10 am • Straub Hall 156

Main UO Commencement Ceremony
Monday, June 13, 2022 • 9:00 a.m. (PT) • Autzen Stadium

For information about the Main UO Commencement Ceremony, please visit the UO Commencement website.

Please join us in celebrating our new alumni at the Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 12 at 10 am in Straub Hall. We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker will be Gina Matthews, Emmy award-winning producer and UO alum. Please read below for details on when to arrive, parking, photography, and more! 


Cinema Studies Grads Arrive in Straub Hall by 9:00 a.m.  

Please arrive with your regalia and honors cords in Straub Hall 151 by no later than 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2022. 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 10:00 a.m.

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 during the ceremony.

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Location and Parking

Straub Hall is located at 1451 Onyx Street.  Visit for directions to campus, a downloadable parking map, and an interactive map that allows you to precisely locate and find information about buildings, classrooms, departments, programs, offices, eateries, residence halls, trees, and art on campus.

Note: Please visit the UO Commencement website for parking, transportation, and travel details for Monday, June 13, 2022.

Guest Seating in Straub Hall

Tickets are not required for the Cinema Studies commencement ceremony. Seating for guests will be on a first-come, first-served basis in 156 Straub Hall. 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 email the Department of Cinema Studies at by June 1, 2022. Any requests made after that day may not be able to be accommodated.   


Professional photographer Joshua Rainey will take a photo of each grad while proceeding across the stage and will take a group photo of the class after the ceremony. Please visit to review and purchase photos from the photographer. 


  • Processional: The processional will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., and grads will be escorted into the ceremony by Cinema Studies faculty. Please remain standing until the Cinema Studies Department Head indicates you should sit.
  • Welcome
  • Commencement Address
  • Presentation of Candidates: 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 Department Head's hand, pose for a photo, and return to their seats. The Department Head will indicate when to move the tassels from right to left.
  • Closing Remarks
  • Class photo: Grads will move to the stage inside Straub 156 for a group photo.


Like the acclaimed children’s book, Little Engine Founder and Award Winning Producer Gina Matthews has a guiding belief when it comes to business; “I think I can.” That ‘can do’ attitude was ingrained in Matthews at a young age by her hard working immigrant mother, and it has proved especially valuable in the making of several successful films and over 100 hours of television.

Matthews’ credits include the hit romantic comedies What Women Want starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, 13 Going On 30 starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo, and Isn’t it Romantic starring Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth. She began her producing career with the Urban Legend horror franchise, and most recently produced the true story romantic drama All My Life for Universal Pictures.

Having produced big budget films and show-running several television series, Matthews has honed her management skills by working across all aspects of the entertainment industry from large film crews, to directors, A-List stars and cast, physical production, post production, studio and network executives.

Matthews is known for her tireless work ethic, strong creative skills and deep talent relationships and has garnered particular praise and recognition for her commitment to developing projects with strong female characters and underrepresented voices.

She was awarded an Emmy for Showtime’s Summer’s End starring James Earl Jones. The Wishing Tree starring Alfred Woodard and Blair Underwood was nominated for five Emmys. Matthews received a GLAAD award for tv series Popular which she co-created with Ryan Murphy. Her Event Series Saints & Strangers was lauded for the authentic portrayal of American Indians and received a WGA Award, the prestigious NAMIC award as well as three Critics Choice Nominations.

But the recognition in which Matthews feels will have a “lasting impact” is the ReFrame Stamp earned by Isn’t It Romantic for demonstrating success in gender-balanced hiring. As an EU Passport holder, Matthews is well-versed in the world of International Co-Productions and has filmed projects all over the globe including the Czech Republic, Croatia, Turkey, Canada and South Africa. Her Emmy nominated series, Missing starring Ashley Judd, was shot entirely on location in Europe and was delivered on time and under budget.

This past year, Matthews stepped into the tech space creating and producing the world’s first interactive AR dance show, MOVE IT! for Snapchat, in which Matthews build 60 AR Lenses. Little Engine served as the studio.

Matthews graduated from University Of Oregon with a BA in Telecommunications & Film and a Minor in Photography. She is a member of the WGA, PGA, and Television Academy and resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two wonderful children who still cite “The Little Engine That Could” as their favorite children’s book.


If you have questions about the Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony, please email the department at Below are helpful links as well:

Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony Grad Registration
UO Main Commencement Ceremony
Get Your Cap, Gown, and More 
Parking and Transportation

UO Sustainability Grad-to-Grad Gown Share Program

Help continue the cycle of sustainability by donating your grad gown! 

Graduating University of Oregon students can reduce waste and pass along the special memory of graduation by participating in the Student Sustainability Center’s Grad-to-Grad Gown Share program. The gown share program will gather used gowns from graduates and offer them to future Ducks in need. There will be bins located around campus and a central drop off location at the SSC office (EMU 005) from June 13th to July 1st. Donations are also welcome before and after these dates.

Prizes Available!

  • June 14 & 15: First 100 people to come by the SSC Office with their gowns get a $5 Duck Bucks card!
  • June 14-July 1:  Bring your gown to the SSC Office from June 14-July 1 and be entered into a graduation themed raffle basket!