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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.

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9 a.m.
Alex G. Spanos Center

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?
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. 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?
We will be working closely with the University to gather our graduates together for virtual ceremonies this May and in-person celebrations at a later date. Our faculty and staff are unwavering in our commitment to do our best to acknowledge your hard work and accomplishments.
 
Will students be involved in planning the virtual event?
Yes. We will be reaching out to you soon for your input on how we can create a meaningful and memorable virtual experience. A survey will be distributed to collect your feedback.
 
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.