Reporter Joanna Mann, in the Daily Emerald here:
… UO social media accounts faced backlash from students, particularly graduating seniors, after the school announced the decision Feb. 9. Students called for the university to cancel the in-person Olympic trials if it was going to cancel in person commencement.
Graduating senior Ethan Shafer said he had been expecting a virtual commencement, but the decision to also go through with the Olympic trials felt like a “slap in the face.”
“How can you say that you’re trying to keep people safe, and that you’re making this huge decision to cancel graduation for the second year in a row, but then also not even address what’s happening with the Olympic trials?” Shafer said. “The university has not said anything. They won’t even address something that everyone is really pissed off about.”
This is not the first time UO has messed with commencement to accommodate the Ducks’ big-time athletics program. In 2010, Pres Lariviere moved graduation from its traditional Sunday to Monday, to accommodate the NCAA Track & Field Championships schedule that Pres Frohnmayer had agreed to.