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Commencement 2015 at the Conservatory

Jun 8, 2015

On Saturday, May 9, 2015 the Conservatory of Music celebrated the graduation of 51 students during a Diploma and Hooding Ceremony in Faye Spanos Concert Hall.  Dean Ongaro presided over the intimate ceremony and shared video and pictures from another productive academic year. The graduating class selected Jerwin Monje '15 to speak on their behalf as the Student Class Representative.  Mr. Monje's speech was funny, sincere, and "fabulous". 

"We came into college, as undergraduates and graduates, nervous and afraid for the future- and I bet some of us feel the exact same way right now. We were like a herd of cows, all following the same farmer, living out our days on the green pastures known as the University of the Pacific. But somewhere along the way, we ventured off on our own and strayed from the herd. It may have seemed like a daunting task at first, but we learned how to survive on our own; we became strong independent cows that needed no farmer! Graduation is just like grazing onto a new pasture. It may be scary at first, but being at Pacific, we've acquired so many lessons that will be with us for the rest of our lives."

Students then walked across the stage to receive their Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, and Master of Music degrees. Dr. Jonathan Latta, Assistant Dean of the Conservatory, read aloud personal statements from the graduates as they were hooded by Dean Ongaro.   Members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia ascended the stage and led the audience in the alma mater "Pacific Hail" followed by a lovely benediction from Dyan Hollenhorst of the Newman Catholic Community. Following the ceremony family, friends, faculty, staff, and graduates enjoyed a reception in the quad behind Faye Spanos Concert Hall which included many hugs, pictures, and congratulations.

In addition to the Diploma and Hooding Ceremony, Conservatory faculty and students were involved in the university-wide ceremony in the Alex G. Spanos Center that morning. Led by Dr. Hammer, members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble provided music prior to the ceremony in addition to performing the processional and recessional music.  Sarah Phelan '15 provided a lovely performance of the Star Spangled Banner and Dr. Edward Cetto led the Pacific Singers in a rousing version of "Pacific Hail" featuring soloists Christine Salazar '15 and Annela Flores '16 with Malachi Whitson '15 on drums.

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