University Day is a campus-wide beautification event that takes place each spring. Hundreds of students, staff, and faculty members gather together to plant flowers, spread bark dust, and participate in small projects on campus that will benefit our local community. We also invite community members to join us! The tradition dates back to 1905 as part of Junior Weekend, when projects included things such as laying the walk to University Hall, followed by a "feast." It has always been a spirited event to prepare the university grounds for commencement ceremonies, and even though it has greatly evolved since 1905, our roots still lie in campus spirit and community service.

This year's University Day, or U-Day, will be on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

How To Participate

Any student, staff, faculty member, alumni, or community member is welcome to participate. There is no pre-registration required, simply join us at the EMU Amphitheater (on the corner of 13th Avenue and University Street) between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to participate. Volunteers will be assigned to a section of campus to plant flowers, weed flower beds, spread bark dust, and clean up litter. Committing one hour of your time will earn you a free University Day T-shirt and the satisfaction of contributing to a century-old UO tradition!

Please check with your supervisor first before volunteering.