Scenes from a graduation

Thousands of green-gowned graduates participated Monday in commencement exercises at the University of Oregon.

A total of 4,498 graduates who were eligible to participate in commencement exercises, which began with an academic parade called Duck Walk that started at Gerlinger Hall and proceeded down 15th Street to Hayward Field. Students carried signs, decorated their mortar board cap and wore symbolic family or organizational pieces to celebrate the festive atmosphere and their accomplishments as they entered Hayward Field through a large "O".

Graduates walked a lap around the track before being seated on the infield for the University Graduation Celebration.

UO President Richard Lariviere presided over the ceremony, which included student speakers, video presentations of campus events over the past several years and keynote remarks from Margaret Moore, the first graduate of the UO Clark Honors College in 1961, who went on to a successful career as an educator, school psychologist and administrator in the Issaquah, Wash. school district.

After the University Graduation Celebration, schools, colleges and departments are holding individual ceremonies at either noon or 3 p.m. in various locations on campus. For specific locations please visit http://bit.ly/loOscn.