Ducks spring game set to take place at Autzen six weeks before virtual commencement

UO athletics said they would allow around 8,100 fans at Autzen Stadium.

Posted: Apr 18, 2021 3:27 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2021 3:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore.--Seniors at the University of Oregon are expressing frustration after UO athletics announced that they would allow a limited number of fans at Autzen Stadium for Oregon spring game on May 1st.

"I'm a really big football fan but we've been very upset since it was announced commencement would be virtual," said UO senior Hayley Tennant. "There's a double standard on how the school is prioritizing athletics."

About 15% capacity or around 8,100 fans will be allowed in attendance for spring game.

Students said this isn't fair considering the graduating class is fewer than 8,100 people.

"We understand that usually the university does in-person graduation indoors with family," said UO senior Cameron Huber. "We've made exceptions all across the university to run like a normal university. So I don't understand why we couldn't do an in-person graduation just for the students. We have less than 4,000 people graduating this year. There's no reason why we couldn't hold graduation at Hayward or at Autzen."

A week after virtual commencement, U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field are also set to take place with limited capacity.

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The university last made an announcement about commencement on March 18th stating that they are considering ways to add in-person activity to commencement. However, no new commencement plans have been announced yet.

Students said they want the university to give more reasoning behind why commencement cannot be held in-person.

"They say they prioritize the students and prioritize the education but their actions of not having an in-person graduation are confusing," said Huber.

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