Dear Class of 2016 Students, Parents and Families,
I am delighted to invite you to University of the Pacific's 2016 Commencement. Students, congratulations on your impending graduation! Families, I share your pride in your student's wonderful accomplishment.
Our annual All-University Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center. We will confer all degrees and recognize outstanding student and faculty leaders. We also expect to award honorary degrees to distinguished public figures. This ceremony is for all Stockton campus schools and the College of the Pacific, with the exception of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will hold its own Commencement on Saturday, May 21,2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center. I hope to see all Pharmacy and Health Sciences graduating students and their families on May 21 at this wonderful event.
Immediately following the May 14 All-University Commencement, each of the schools and the College will conduct its own separate Diploma and Hooding Ceremony to cap off Pacific's highly personalized educational experience. Each ceremony allows Deans to recognize students individually as they cross the platform to receive their diploma. The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will hold one single ceremony on May 21 that will also include its highly personalized student celebration.
Students, you have received a rich and unique education. Pacific places student learning first and equips graduates to be citizen leaders in their careers and communities. In addition to earning a degree in a particular field, you will graduate with an aptitude for critical and creative thinking, skills in leadership and communication, a multicultural and international outlook, and a strong sense of ethical responsibility to one another and the world around you.
As you step out beyond Pacific, know that as our reputation as a leading teaching-focused university continues to rise, so too will the value of your degree. Our future is bright. Building on the legacy of late former Regents Robert and Jeannette Powell, who gave $125 million to the University, we are working with our generous donors to increase access and enhance the education we provide. We have increased and diversified our offerings at our Sacramento and San Francisco campuses, amplifying our impact and service in those important cities. And we continue to serve our communities with profound dedication.
Please know that you will always be a member of the Pacific Family. One key goal of our bold strategic plan, Pacific 2020, is to enhance our relationship with alumni and friends, and to ensure that our graduates and their families become Pacificans for life. We want to keep in touch with you, hear about your achievements, provide continuing education opportunities, and continue to serve you throughout your lives.
As you make your plans for Commencement Weekend, I also invite you to join me at an Interfaith Baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. in Morris Chapel. This ceremony kicks off our Commencement celebration and is immediately followed by a reception for all graduates and their family members.
I look forward to celebrating with you at Commencement 2016. Congratulations again to all our students and their families on reaching this important milestone.
Pamela A. Eibeck, Ph.D.