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University of the Pacific - Commencement 2014


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After Graduation
Before Graduation
Day of Graduation
Commencement Program
Diploma and Hooding Ceremony
Graduation Application Information
For Students

Day of Graduation

The annual University Commencement will be held Saturday, May 10th, at 9:00 A.M. at the Alex G. Spanos Center. No air horns, noise makers, whistles or balloons are allowed at any of the ceremonies on Commencement day.

Each of the schools and the College on the Stockton campus, except for the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, conducts its own separate Diploma and Hooding Ceremony to cap off a highly personalized educational experience at Pacific. Each ceremony is small in size to recognize you individually as you cross the platform to receive your diploma and congratulations from your Dean.

Line-Up Information

Students are required to be at their Diploma and Hooding locations by noon to line up. Do not plan on leaving in between the Commencement and Diploma and Hooding ceremonies.

Graduates in attendance of commencementAcademic Regalia

Caps. Those wearing academic costumes always wear their caps in academic processions and during the ceremony of conferring degrees. Individuals may remove caps during prayer, the playing of the national anthem and the alma mater, and at other specified times; e.g., during the baccalaureate sermon or the commencement address. It is traditional that all such actions be done in unison.

Candidates for degrees wear the tassels on the right front side before degrees are conferred and shift them to the left at the moment when degrees are awarded to them.

Gowns. At ceremonies where degrees are conferred, it is proper for a candidate to wear the gown in keeping with the degree to be received.

Hoods. The traditional rule is that a candidate for a degree should not wear the hood of that degree until it is actually conferred. This rule still applies to those who are to be individually hooded during the commencement ceremony; they should not wear the hoods in the preliminary academic procession.

Reception Location

Each School or college holds a separate reception for their graduates and guests.  For the locations and times, please check specific school or college information pages.

Map & Parking

With so many family and friends attending Commencement, we ask that you be considerate and not take up the immediate parking spaces near the ceremony locations.  This will provide convenient space for your family and friends as well.

For additional information, please review the Campus Map

Helpful Tips

Your graduation day will be much more enjoyable if you take a time to prepare for it.  Be sure to check out your Diploma and Hooding Ceremony schedule in advance.

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