A Year Before You Plan to Graduate
- Check on future commencement dates.
Check here for a listing of upcoming commencement dates, which have been set for the next several years.
- Meet with an advisor.
Each student should plan ahead to take the classes necessary to graduate.
- Apply for graduation.
Undergraduate students should initiate the graduation application process two semesters before the proposed date of graduation at the Registrar’s Office in Knoles Hall. Application for Graduation
Six Weeks Before Graduation
- Order your commencement-related materials.
All commencement-related materials, including caps and gowns, invitations, announcements, class rings, etc., are ordered through the PACIFIC Bookstore.
- Order your cap and gown.
Students should arrange to purchase a cap and gown from the Pacific Bookstore approximately six weeks before commencement.
To order your cap and gown by mail, send the following:
- student I.D.
- school or college
- a check made out to University Bookstore at:
University of the Pacific
901 Presidents Drive
Stockton, CA 95211
- Remember to invite your family and friends to your Commencement.
- Arrive early.
Both students and guests should arrive at least one hour before the ceremony begins. Graduating students should to report to the staging areas and look for the banner representing their respective colleges. Marshals from each college will then assist them in lining up. Doctoral students and master's students should look for the Graduate College banners. The procession will begin promptly at the appointed time.
- Wear appropriate academic attire.
Each student must wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. Masters and Educational Specialists will wear their hoods. Candidates will carry their hoods over their left arm. Students usually purchase the cap, gown, and tassel at the PACIFIC Bookstore. The cap, gown and tassel are typically available about six weeks before each ceremony. Students will be notified by mail when the regalia is available for purchase.
- Don't bring personal items.
For everyone's safety, all bags will be checked at the door. Please do not bring purses or other personal items. Students are asked not to carry anything in the ceremony. There is no place to check or store purses, coats, or other personal items. Also, childcare is not provided at commencement. Graduates will not be permitted to bring children on the arena floor.
- Move your tassel.
At the beginning of commencement, tassels are worn on the right. Upon direction from the podium, the tassel is moved to the left.
- Check for reception information.
Each of the colleges sponsors its own reception; please contact the appropriate college to check on reception times and locations.
- Expect your diploma in the mail.
Candidates for graduation will receive their diplomas in the mail after it is determined that their graduation requirements have been met. If requirements have been met, this usually occurs within 3 to 4 months of commencement. If you have not received your diploma, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 209.946.2200.
- Order your graduation photos.
Arrangements have been made with GradImages for a professional photographer to record the moment students cross the stage. Students will receive a proof in the mail approximately one week after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase.
Note: The names of students who requested a non-release of student directory information will not be released to GradImages. This means photographs of these individual students will not be available. Students wishing to have their names released to GradImages must contact GradImages directly at 800.261.2576