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Commencement FAQ

What is the difference between the Commencement Ceremony and the Diploma & Hooding Ceremonies?
The Commencement Ceremonies are where degrees will be conferred by the President. The May 14th Commencement Ceremony will feature Honorary Degree recipients, Commencement Speaker, Student Speaker and Order of the Pacific. The Diploma & Hooding Ceremonies are school specific giving students the opportunity for individual recognition and to be "hooded" as a graduate of Pacific.

How many guests can I bring to my graduation?
The Commencement Ceremony that takes place at 9:00 A.M. in the Alex G. Spanos Center on May 14th is a ticketed event.  Graduates are guaranteed five (5) tickets per Commencement Ceremony. 

May 14th Commencement Tickets will be available at the The Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House beginning TBA. Student may pick up tickets in person with their student ID or by phone at 209.946.2391.

Is there a charge for tickets?
There is no charge for tickets.

How long will the ceremony take?
Each Diploma & Hooding ceremony will be approximately 60-90 minutes.  The Commencement ceremony will be 1.5 - 2 hours

How early should I arrive to get a good seat?
For both, Commencement and School Diploma and Hooding Ceremonies, it is suggested that everyone arrive 45 to 60 minutes prior to start time.

Where should I park?
Parking is available across the entire campus. We suggest that you park in the first available spot you find. Wear comfy shoes, because some lots are located on the opposite of campus from the commencement area. For more information, see Maps and Parking on the commencement website.

Are disability accommodations available?
Yes. There are a limited number of disability parking spots available on the East side of campus. You are required to have a state issued disability placard in order to take advantage of this parking. A shuttle service is also provided for the outlying lots for those who have difficulty walking.

There are designated, wheelchair accessible seating areas on the mezzanine of A.G. Spanos Center as well as Faye Spanos Concert Hall.

If you have guests with disabilities, please communicate your needs with your dean's office.

Can a family member videotape Commencement?
Families are welcome to video tape any of the ceremonies for Commencement or any of the Diploma & Hooding ceremonies. For the Commencement ceremony, people may set up cameras in the back of A. G. Spanos Center (where disability seating is). But, people need to be flexible as sometimes we need videographers to move for disability seating.

Are there any Complimentary Refreshments and Food for Sale
On May 14, the university will provide complimentary coffee and water before the 9 a.m. commencement ceremony and light refreshments and water next to the Alex G. Spanos Center after the commencement ceremony. Complimentary light refreshments and water will also be provided after each school's diploma and hooding ceremony. Specialty foods will be available for sale near the Alex G. Spanos Center from the Bon Appetit Gourmet EAT Truck after the commencement ceremony. For our guests who have special dietary needs, please bring your own food on commencement day. In addition, the university grocery store, The Grove, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the McCaffrey Center to purchase food, beverages and other items

Is there any place to buy gifts?
After the Commencement morning ceremony the University bookstore will have a booth by the hospitality tent to purchase items for your graduate.  The University bookstore will also be open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  

When should I make hotel reservations?
Hotels located in the vicinity of the University fill very early. We suggest that you make your reservations as early as possible. For a list of hotels, see Accommodations.

Are graduating students allowed to decorate their cap and gown?
The only decorations students are allowed to wear are honor cords.

Are balloons and noise makers allowed at ceremonies on Commencement day?
No. Please refrain from bringing any air horns, noise makers, balloons or whistles to any Commencement day ceremonies.

What should attending guests wear on Commencement day?
For those who attend the morning ceremonies dress comfortably. The mornings usually begin very cool and warm quickly. For a current forecast, see The Weather Channel.

Where do I get my graduation pictures?
Grad Images is our graduation photographer. Your pictures are available online approximately five days after graduation. You can view and order your pictures from GradImages.

After graduation my family and friends want to have lunch/dinner together. Are there restaurants that will allow big groups?
There are several restaurants in Stockton that have the ability to host your post-graduation events.