Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony 2019

The Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony will be held 
Sunday, June 16, 2019 – 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 2019 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:

As long as you will be complete with all Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, major(s) and minor(s) requirements within the 2019 calendar year (by fall 2019), you will be permitted to participate in the Cinema Studies Ceremony. 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).

In order to participate in the Cinema Studies Ceremony and have your name printed in the commencement program, students must submit the Cinema Studies Commencement Reservation from by Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Submit Cinema Studies Commencement Reservation Form Here

Note: Students with a "confidentiality director release restriction" must contact Veratta Pegram-Floyd, Cinema Studies Student Services Assistant Director at to provide written authorization to have their name printed in the program.

Apply to Graduate:   

“Graduating” and “participating in commencement” are two different things. "Graduating" means you are receiving a diploma and have completed all B.A. degree, major(s) and minor(s) requirements. You will receive your actual diploma by mail 6-8 weeks after your graduation date, not during the commencement ceremony.

Apply to Graduate in DuckWeb:  

The deadline for you to apply for graduation in Duckweb  (student Menu – Apply for Undergraduate Degree) each term is the Sunday following the fourth week of classes by 11:59 p.m. If you happen to miss the deadline for the term in in which you plan on graduating OR you need to extend your time and graduate later, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar via your UO email with that information and you UO ID # (95#).

A degree will not be awarded if your general education requirements and all declared major(s) and minor(s) requirements are not met. Contact if you have any questions about your progress toward completion of degree requirements. When you apply for graduation as a Cinema Studies major, you will be applying for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree NOT the Film Certificate, as Cinema Studies majors are not eligible for the Film Certificate since the Film Certificate operates similarly to a minor.

Upcoming Deadlines to Apply for your Degree:

  1. Spring 2019 degree:  April 28, 2019
  2. Summer 2019 degree (includes "zero week"):  July 21, 2019
  3. Fall 2019 degree:  October 27, 2019 

Regalia and Honors Cords


Regalia may be purchased through the UO Bookstore during the annual Grad Fair Monday, April 8th – 11th in the Duck Store. Visit the UO Commencement website for more information.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After April 11th, the regalia price will increase.

Department Honors

Students eligible for departmental honors may purchase honor cords with their regalia. Cinema Studies will notify students if they qualify for honors. Students with departmental 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.

Study Abroad Sash

Did you study abroad? Show off where you studied abroad with a study abroad sash! GEO Study Abroad is offering international flag graduation sashes for purchase. Fill out the 2019 Study Abroad Sash FormThe deadline to order your sash is Friday, April 12th.  The price of sashes will be $30 for one country flag representation (i.e. only Spain). The price will increase by $10.00 for every additional country (up to four) you wish to display (ex. if you order a sash with 3 country flags, your total will be $50). GEO will bill your Duckweb account for purchase after the registration deadline.

Sashes will be ordered and ready for pick up at the GEO Spring Fling on May 22 at 11 am–2pm on Condon Lawn. There will be additional pick up times available after this date located in 300W Oregon Hall.

If you have any questions about pricing, please email Quinne Hauth at

Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony – Day of Event Information – Sunday, June 16, 2019

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

Please arrive with your regalia and honors cords in Straub Hall 151 by no later than 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2019. 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 16, 2019. Please see the PDF iconCinema Studies Parking Map 2019 for the closest available parking for the Cinema Studies commencement ceremony. 

Note: Parking for the main UO Commencement Ceremony on Monday, June 17, 2019 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 16, 2019.

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 Department Head, Dr. Priscilla Peña Ovalle, 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.  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 the Department of Cinema Studies at 541-346-8104 by June 3, 2019. Any requests made after that day may not be able to be accommodated.   Please call the Department of Cinema Studies at 541-346-8104 by May 17, 2019 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 Department Head 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 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
  • 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.

UO Main Ceremony Information – Monday, June 17, 2019

University of Oregon Commencement Ceremony

The main University of Oregon commencement ceremony will be held Monday, June 17, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. (grad parade is at 8:15 a.m.).

Tickets are 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 17th, and tickets will be required for guests. Each graduate is guaranteed two free guest tickets.

Registration for the main UO commencement ceremony will begin Monday, April 1st. Visit to register.

Beginning May 1st based on capacity, additional commencement ceremony tickets will be made available and 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 17th.  Tickets are NOT required for the Cinema Studies Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 16th.

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, Alumni InDUCKtion, Duck Career Network, and Life Beyond UO.

Cap and Gown Recycling

Check back for more information on cap and gown recycling options.