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Commencement 2020

Commencement 2020 Update

Due to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has decided not to host in-person Commencement 2020 ceremonies and events for undergraduate, graduate and professional students this spring. (A decision on the June commencement ceremony for the Dugoni School of Dentistry will be announced by April 10.) This difficult decision is based on our highest priority to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities.


Instead, each academic school or college will host a virtual commencement or other activity this spring. We also are staying optimistic to the possibility of offering in-person ceremonies later this year depending on when we are able to resume normal operations. Details will be forthcoming.


In addition, all 2020 graduating students are invited to walk in our Commencement 2021 ceremonies being planned for next May and June. We will provide dates and details once they are determined.

Event Schedule

*Note changes to ceremony times on May 9th have been made effective 11/22/2019.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Interfaith Baccalaureate

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Morris Chapel

Graduation Reception
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Knoles / Weber Lawn

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - Commencement Ceremonies

College of the Pacific
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Alex G. Spanos Center

Benerd College 
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Alex G. Spanos Center

Eberhardt School of Business
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Alex G. Spanos Center

School of Engineering and
Computer Science 

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Alex G. Spanos Center

Conservatory of Music
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Faye Spanos Concert Hall

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
and Health Sciences Commencement

9:00 am to 11:00 am
Alex G. Spanos Center

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
and Health Sciences Reception

11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Janssen-Lagorio Gym

McGeorge School of Law

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Commencement
2:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco

What's your story?

The university news bureau is looking for students who would be willing to share about their personal journey on the path to graduation at Pacific. If you have an interesting story you'd like to share, to be considered for a graduate profile by the university news bureau, please email with details.

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