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Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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.

Graduation Banquet 2020 Update

Due to the changes with the Commencement activities, the School’s annual Graduation Banquets scheduled for May 15, 2020 have been canceled. If you had already purchased guest tickets, you will automatically receive a full refund. You do not need to contact anyone in our office to start this process. Awards and recognitions intended for these events will be celebrated during the virtual Commencement celebration.

Graduates

For more information, visit the Commencement 2020 Canvas Site. PacificNet ID and password required to access.

Frequently Asked Questions

Has Commencement been canceled?
Yes. 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. This difficult decision is based on our highest priority to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities.
 
Should I cancel my travel reservations for this event?
Yes, make sure to cancel any travel and lodging you reserved for this event. There will no in-person Commencement Ceremony on May 16, 2020.
 
If Commencement is postponed, how far in advance will we know about the new date?
The decision to offer in-person ceremonies later this year at a time that is deemed safe will be made by the University. We know that having your friends and family attend this auspicious event is important and they may be traveling from far away. We will give at least two months advance notice with the details of an in-person event.
 
What is a virtual celebration and what will it include?
The University will be hosting virtual commencement celebrations for each school. The School’s celebration will include videos, messages, personalized slides for individual students, social media mentions and more. The standard personalized slide will include the student’s name, degree and academic honor. Students may also submit a photo and message. Visit Marching Order to see a sample of a virtual celebration.
 
When will the virtual commencement celebration take place?
The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy’s virtual commencement website will go live on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 9 a.m. An email will be sent to all faculty, staff and students with a link to the website by no later than Friday, May 8. Graduates are encouraged to share this link with their friends and families.

The virtual commencement celebrations for each school will take place during the original date and time of the May commencement ceremony.
 
Were students involved in planning the virtual event?
Yes, a survey was sent in April to collect students’ feedback. The survey is now closed.
 
Will students need regalia for the virtual commencement celebration?
No, students will not need their regalia for this event.
 
Will faculty need regalia for the virtual commencement celebration?
No, faculty will not need their regalia for this event.
 
Will I receive a refund for my student regalia?
Yes. Leave the gown in the bag unused and Herff Jones will refund your purchase up until the original ceremony date. If you have already ordered and were supposed to pick up your products on campus, we’re actively working to figure out the best way to get the products to you. Look for communication in the coming weeks with further details.
 
I purchased my student regalia but would like to keep it. What do I need to do?
If you would like to keep your regalia, you do not need to do anything else. Celebrate your graduation! Your cap and gown are not only tied to a ceremony, they are tied to your achievement. Honor this milestone by taking full use of the gown — take photos, share on social media and celebrate with loved ones.
 
When will I be mailed my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed to the address specified on the Application for Graduation three to four months after the semester in which you graduate. If your address changes, it is your responsibility to inform the Office of the Registrar (209.946.2135 or registrar@pacific.edu) of this change.