Umpqua Nine - We will always remember - October 1, 2015

This site is a virtual memorial to acknowledge and honor those lost and affected by the tragic events that took place at Umpqua Community College on October 1, 2015. On that day, an instructor and eight students—ranging in age from 18 to 67—were tragically taken from their loved ones and from our community. Twelve students survived, eight of whom were wounded. The events of Oct. 1 will always be a part of our history. We will remember that day every day. Each year, UCC will hold a Day of Remembrance to pay tribute to those we lost and those who survived.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Day of Remembrance

Sunrise to Sunset

  • Flag at Half-Staff
  • Floral arrangement displayed around campus flag pole beginning Sept. 30

Remembrance Ceremony

On Thursday, Oct. 1, Umpqua Community College (UCC) will hold its annual Day of Remembrance to reflect on the events of Oct. 1, 2015. As granted by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, the campus flag will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset. Floral arrangements that collectively serve as a tribute to survivors and those lost will be displayed around the campus flag pole beginning Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Since the campus is closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual Remembrance ceremony will be held virtually via live-stream. The ceremony, which will include a video highlighting construction of the campus memorial, brief comments by invited guests, and a time of remembering the Umpqua Nine, will be live-streamed on the campus YouTube Channel:

10:30 a.m. Ceremony begins (see web link above)

10:38 a.m. Moment of silence observed

10:40 a.m. Ceremony concludes

Construction on the campus’ permanent 10/1 Memorial started this summer. However, the project has yet to be completed due to COVID-19 and recent wildfire restrictions. Once the project is finished and all restrictions in which the campus currently operates have been lifted, the memorial will be open to public visitors.

“We recognize and value the community’s interest in our annual Remembrance Day events, which is why we have chosen to share the event virtually since the campus is currently closed to the public,” Tiffany Coleman, UCC’s Public Information Officer, said.

Anyone who wishes to visit the floral arrangement displays near the campus flagpole can do so—following strict social distancing and face covering guidelines—on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

2020 Day of Remembrance

Event Summary

UCC held its fifth Day of Remembrance ceremony on the campus grounds on Thursday, Oct. 1. Governor Kate Brown approved the campus’ request to fly the flag at half-staff from sunrise to sunset. A tribute to survivors and those lost was also displayed around the campus flag pole. Nine wreaths made from fresh flowers of all colors were each displayed with a name and a candle lit in each person's honor.

A private ceremony for UCC staff and affected family and community members, was held at Swanson Amphitheater. The event was also live-streamed via YouTube™ for the first time in order to share the event with the world while also observing Covid-19 restrictions. The livestream began airing approximately 15 minutes before the ceremony showcasing a video of the progress being made on the 10/1 Memorial being constructed next to Jackson Hall. The ceremony began Dr. Debra Thatcher, UCC President, and Jess Miller, Director of Facilities and Security, addressed those gathered. A moment of silence was observed at 10:38 a.m. The ceremony ended shortly after a bell tolled nine times as victims names were read.

View the photo gallery for 2020.