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This year’s commencement will be held virtually on June 20th, 2020.

Environmental Studies Commencement Ceremony

Schedule for Commencement:


Commencement Ceremony

JUNE 20, 2020 · 10:30 A.M.



Mark Carey

Director, Environmental Studies Program

Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Celebrating Graduate Accomplishments

Pat McDowell

Director, Graduate Program, Environmental Studies

Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies

Richard York

Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies

Celebrating Undergraduate Accomplishments

Peg Boulay

Co-Director, Undergraduate Program, Environmental Studies

Co-Director, Environmental Leadership Program


Zoë O’Toole

BS, Environmental Studies

Laura Johnson

MS, Environmental Studies, Biology, and Geography

Sarah Jacquette-Ray

Department Chair, Environmental Studies, Humboldt State University

Professor of Environmental Studies

Author of A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet

Closing Remarks

Peg Boulay

Graduate Slideshow

Featured: Keynote Speaker, Sarah Jaquette-Ray

A 2009 graduate of the University of Oregon’s doctoral program in Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy, Sarah Jaquette-Ray currently is a professor and the departmental chair of Environmental Studies at Humboldt State University.

Ray’s interests include environmental justice, cultural studies, critical human geography, disability studies, and issues of power, identity, and discourses of nature. As she engages with each, she is passionate about putting the topics in conversation with each other: “I think it’s valuable to have a variety of activisms dealing with environmental issues,” she explains. “Some people may wonder why we need to be thinking about issues of identity, discourse, and social justice when the planet is at stake, and I hear that critique often.  But I think this rhetoric of urgency is problematic, and I genuinely believe that we’re not going to save that planet unless we do so in ways that incorporate—as central to, not just as a byproduct of—concerns of social justice.”

Such concerns were central to her books The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture, which examines modern American environmentalism for ways in which certain discourses of the body within activist culture can create social injustice, and A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet, which examines how we can effectively combat climate change while grappling with feelings of powerlessness and despair.

Useful Links:

UO Commencement Website
Duck Store Commencement Merchandise