Woodruff-Borden keeping Scholz in the dark about Commencement failures, will reinstate Dept ceremonies but not Saturday

And I thought I was the only one who had trouble getting info from Johnson Hall:

From: WTH <[email protected]>

Subject: RE: Public Records request, Commencement briefing materials for incoming Pres Scholz

Date: May 1, 2023 at 2:59:58 PM PDT

To: Lisa Thornton <[email protected]>

Cc: Karl Scholz <[email protected]>

Dear Ms Thornton – 

This is a public records request for a copy of any briefing materials sent from the JH leadership and or presidential transition team to incoming President Scholz regarding the timing and manner of commencement. 

I’m ccing President Scholz, as he can provide these public records without your office’s usual fees and deliberate delays. 


Bill Harbaugh
Econ Prof, U of Oregon


Dear Mr. Harbaugh,

Our office has searched for but was unable to find any records responsive to your request made on 05/01/2023. The office considers this to be fully responsive to your request and will now close your matter. Thank you for contacting the office with your request.


Office of Public Records

6207 University of Oregon | Eugene, OR 97403-6207

(541) 346-6823 | [email protected]


In other news, our interim Provost won’t explain why she is ignoring the Senate and is keeping the Monday option for Commencement:

From: William Harbaugh <[email protected]>

Subject: Re: Commencement advisory work group

Date: May 12, 2023 at 5:49:35 PM PDT

To: Janet Woodruff-Borden <[email protected]>

Yes, I saw that you did that. 

My question is why you are ignoring the part of the Senate Legislation which says 

“2.1 THEREFORE BE IT MOVED that it is the sense of the Senate that graduation should be held on the weekend immediately following finals week”

It’s my understanding that most people do not think that Mondays are part of the weekend.

Thanks, Bill

On May 12, 2023, at 5:09 PM, Janet Woodruff-Borden <[email protected]> wrote:


We addressed below and in response to the Senate legislation that we are aligning the dates with those currently published.



Janet Woodruff-Borden, PhD 

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

[email protected] 

202 Johnson Hall
1258 University of Oregon | Eugene, OR 97403 

For scheduling, please contact John Scholl at [email protected] or 541-346-3099

From: William Harbaugh <[email protected]
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2023 12:50 PM
To: Provost <[email protected]>

Subject: Re: Commencement advisory work group

Hi Janet, 

I’m writing as a Senator and member of this former task force, to ask for an explanation as to why you’ve decided to ignore the part of the Senate legislation calling for Commencement to be on Saturday.


Bill Harbaugh
Econ Prof, U of Oregon

On May 12, 2023, at 11:25 AM, Provost <[email protected]> wrote:

Dear commencement advisory work group members: 

I am writing to let you know of a new development regarding next year’s commencement that impacts the work of this group.

Interim President Moffitt and I have made a determination about the format of June 2024 graduation and the dates that commencement activities will be held for 2024 through 2028. Specifically, we have decided that department ceremonies will be permitted as part of June 2024 commencement and confirmed that, for 2024 through 2028, commencement activities will take place over two consecutive days, rather than one day; and that the specific dates will align with those currently published in the five-year academic calendar on the Registrar’s website in that activities will take place on Sunday and Monday.

As a result, we will be sunsetting the work group.

Thank you for your willingness to participate in the work group and for giving your expertise and time to the process. Your discussions were extremely helpful in allowing us to reach the above determinations.

With appreciation,


Janet Woodruff-Borden

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

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