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2016 Commencement celebrations

Photo by Denica Hill / EOU's Commencement begins at 10 a.m. June 11 at Community Stadium. Governor Kate Brown is speaking for the ceremony, which will be streamed live.

Photo by Denica Hill / EOU’s Commencement begins at 10 a.m. June 11 at Community Stadium. Governor Kate Brown is speaking for the ceremony, which will be streamed live.

EOU prepares for 2016 Commencement Ceremony celebrations

News contact: Laura Hancock, Communications Coordinator, University Advancement

LA GRANDE, Ore. June 2, 2016 – Eastern Oregon University marks the conclusion of the academic year with its formal Commencement Ceremony Saturday, June 11.

The outdoor event begins at 10 a.m. at Community Stadium at 6th St. and “G” Ave. and will also be available to view at livestream.com/eou. Governor Kate Brown is giving the keynote address.

Also scheduled to speak is EOU President’s Scholar Cassie Gray-Jeffries of La Grande, who is completing her bachelor’s of science with a double major in anthropology/sociology and history.

Performing the National Anthem is Shahayla Ononaiye, of Kuna, Idaho, earning a bachelor’s of music and bachelor’s of science in business administration. Haley Hill, of Eagle, Idaho, will sing the Alma Mater. She is completing her bachelor’s of arts in English/writing.

No tickets are necessary to attend and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free parking is available for the day in all campus lots, excluding reserved spaces. Guests should arrive early and bring sunscreen, water and a hat or umbrella.

Approximately 456 students are opting to participating in the ceremony, not to be confused with graduation. For the 2015-16 academic year, EOU is expecting to confer an estimated 700+ bachelor’s degrees, about 85 master’s degrees, nine associate’s degrees and one certificate, pending completion of final grades for spring and summer terms.

Family or guests requiring special seating accommodations for the ceremony should contact the Registrar’s Office at 541-962-3607 or registrar@eou.edu.

Other activities related to commencement include Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Nursing Convocation and Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

EOU’s annual Student Awards Assembly will be held at 1:30 Friday afternoon, also in McKenzie Theatre, with a reception to follow in the Loso lobby. A total of 36 awards will be presented this year.

Friday at 5 p.m. is a celebration for off-campus graduates and their families in the Gilbert Center adjacent to Ackerman Hall.

Loveland Funeral Chapel will provide a designated driver offering safe rides home within La Grande and Island City from dusk Saturday, June 11 to 2:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12. Call 541-963-5022 for a ride or more information.

Additional details and schedules are available at www.eou.edu/commencement.