Dear Class of 2014 Students, Parents and Families,
I am delighted to invite you to University of the Pacific's 2014 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 10, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center. We will confer all degrees, recognize outstanding student and faculty leaders, and award honorary degrees to distinguished public figures. This ceremony is for all Stockton campus schools and the College, with the exception of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. The Thomas J. Long School will hold its own Commencement on Saturday, May 17, 2014 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 17th at this wonderful event.
Immediately following the May 10th 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 17th, which will also include its highly personalized student celebration.
Students, you will soon become alumni of a University you have grown to love. As you step out beyond Pacific, know that we will continue to grow, and that the value of your degree will continue to rise. U. S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges" consistently ranks Pacific among the top national universities and, for the 12th consecutive year, as a top value. Pacific places students first and equips graduates to be citizen leaders in their careers and communities. In an alumni survey, Pacific alumni rated their experience at Pacific more highly than alumni from dozens of other prominent national universities. We trust your experience here has been vital to your growth, equipped you well for the future, and evokes that same sense of Pacific pride.
Please know that you will always be a member of the Pacific Family. One key goal of our bold new 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, to hear about your achievements, and to 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 9, 2014, 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 2014. Congratulations again to all our students and their families on reaching this important milestone.
Pamela A. Eibeck, Ph.D.