EUGENE, Ore. -- U.S. Olympic trials for track and field are set to take place at Hayward Field in June, but just a week before that, the University of Oregon will be holding its 2021 commencement completely virtually.
The UO first announced plans for a virtual commencement on Feb. 9. Since then, the county has moved down three risk levels.
In a statement, the University of Oregon said:
“The University of Oregon is actively exploring how it might add an in-person activity to complement planned virtual commencement ceremonies. Even with Lane County moving into a Low Risk category, the university’s educational and research activities are still restricted by the governor’s orders for higher education issued last June. These restrictions are independent from activities organized by outside parties that have contracted to use UO facilities.”
UO students shared their reactions with KEZI 9 News.
"It's just hard that one group of people gets one thing and then another group of people will not," said UO student Keali Asjostrand.
Student Leo Wickham also weighed in.
"I'm not surprised. It's one thing that will bring in a lot of revenue," Wickham said.
Although the university claims that they have no control over the Olympic trials because they are a separate entity, some students said that they are still disappointed that the school allowed this decision.
"The fact that UO can't commit their resources to graduating students but they can commit them to Olympics, I think it's a political thing," said UO student Desmond Acuiy.
Commencement is set for June 12 and the trials will be held from June 18 to June 28.