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Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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

The Commencement ceremony for Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020. At this ceremony, degrees will be conferred, students will walk across the stage and will be hooded and outstanding student leaders will be recognized. This ceremony is not a ticketed event.

Please refrain from bringing any air horns, noise makers, balloons or whistles to any Commencement day ceremonies.


You are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. to line up between the psychology department and the South Campus Gym. Download a map. You will march alongside your faculty and fellow graduates. You will be making your way down a very steep concrete stairway so high heels could be very dangerous. Also, we ask that you do not use your cell phone during the processional or ceremony. If you must have your phone with you, please keep it turned off. We ask for your cooperation so that everyone will have a safe and enjoyable day.

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

Post Commencement Reception

A reception honoring the graduates will be held immediately following the Commencement Ceremony in the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium. We ask that you encourage your guests to meet you there after the Commencement Ceremony. Guests are not allowed to follow the procession out of the Spanos Center.

Ordering Academic Regalia

To order regalia go to or contact the University Bookstore at 209.460.3875. Orders must be placed by Sunday, April 19.

Special Needs Accommodations

The University does its very best to accommodate the needs of our students and guests. Needs may include, but are not limited to: mobility issues, wheelchair access, visually impaired or hearing impaired. If you or someone you know attending the ceremony has a special need and requires assistance, please fill out the Commencement – Special Needs Form.


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 of this change.

Annual Graduation Banquets

On Friday, May 15, 2020 at 6 p.m. graduates will be honored at their Annual Graduation Banquets, hosted by the School and sponsored by their respective alumni association. All banquets will be held at University of the Pacific’s Stockton campus.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Diploma & Hooding Ceremonies are school specific, giving students the opportunity for individual recognition and to be “hooded” as a graduate of Pacific. Traditionally these have been done as separate ceremonies, but the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has combined both into one event, the Commencement Ceremony on May 16.
How many guests may I bring to my graduation?
As many as you would like. We will NOT be ticketing for the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Commencement Ceremony.
How early should guests arrive to get a good seat?
Doors open at 8 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Graduates are asked to arrive by 8 a.m. in order to line up.
Where should I park?
The Alex G. Spanos Center is located at the west entrance of the campus at 1178 Larry Heller Drive, at the intersection of Alpine Ave/Larry Heller Drive and Pershing Ave. Parking is available at adjacent lots to the south, west and north of the Spanos Center, as well as across the entire campus. We suggest you park in the first available spot you find. Wear comfortable shoes as some lots are located on the opposite side of campus from the event. Download a map.

There are a limited number of handicapped parking spots on the east side of campus. You are required to have a state issued handicapped placard in order to take advantage of this parking.
May a family member videotape Commencement?
Families are welcome to videotape the Commencement Ceremony. People may set up cameras in the back of A.G. Spanos Center (where handicapped seating is). Keep in mind this area is primarily intended for special needs guests and they have priority; we may need videographers to move to accommodate handicapped seating.
When should I make hotel reservations?
Hotels located in the vicinity of the University fill up very early. We suggest you make your reservations as early as possible. For a list of hotels, go to
Are graduating students allowed to decorate their cap and gown?
The only decorations students are allowed to wear are honor cords.
Are noise makers or balloons allowed?
No. Please refrain from bringing any air horns, noise makers, whistles or balloons.
How long will the ceremony take?
The Commencement Ceremony will be about 2 hours.
Where do I get my graduation pictures?
EDUphotos is our graduation photographer. To order photos go to