University Day is a campus-wide beautification event that takes place each spring. Hundreds of students, staff, and faculty 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 Deady 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 16, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
How To Participate
Any student, staff, faculty, 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 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to participate. Volunteers will be assigned to a section of campus to plant flowers, weed flower beds, spread bark dust, clean up litter, or contribute to one of our many community service projects benefiting Greenhill Humane Society, Children’s Miracle Network and Sacred Heart Pediatrics, K.I.T.S. (Kids In Transition To Schools), and more. 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!