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Congratulations to all of our Southern Oregon University graduates!


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The Commencement celebration will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10am at Mountain Arena (Raider Stadium). Processional will begin at 9:45am and the ceremony will begin at 10am. Please note that this is a time change from years past. Commencement will be carried live on RVTV and will be archived for later viewing.

We encourage graduates, family, and guests to visit the Mountain Arena (Raider Stadium) beforehand to become familiarized with the area.

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Weather conditions for Commencement are usually significantly warm by afternoon. While graduates and guests will often be exposed to direct sun for the duration of the ceremony, southern Oregon weather can be unpredictable. Commencement is held rain or shine, so please keep tabs on the local forecast and come prepared for inclement weather!

Drinking water will be available before and during the Commencement ceremony at a number of water stations. You are invited to bring your own water bottle to refill at those stations, or to use the biodegradable and compostable drinking cups that will be located at those stations. SOU is committed to environmentally-responsible practices whenever possible. Your participation in helping to lower our impact on the environment is greatly appreciated!

We are expecting a large number of graduates and guests, so please plan accordingly. Graduates and guests are advised to arrive early! Gates open at 8am.

On Commencement day, free parking is available in all parking lots on the SOU campus. There will be free shuttle service from the Mountain Avenue parking lot to Mountain Arena (Raider Stadium) (see map) approximately every 15 minutes.

As we approach Commencement, this site will be continually updated. Please be sure to check back often!

Updates and information are sent to students through email during spring term. Please remember to check it frequently! See you at Commencement!