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Commencement Speaker

2019 Commencement Speaker - Matt de la Peña

Matt de la PenaNew York Times best-selling and Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña '96 will be the featured speaker at the university's main graduation ceremony on May 11 at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton. 

 In 2016, De la Peña was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. De la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Click here for a listing of past Commencement Speakers.

Commencement Speaker Nominations

The Commencement Speakers Committee invites all members of the university community to submit nominations for future speakers at the All-University Commencement, which is held annually in May on the Stockton Campus. The Committee reviews the nominations in March and April each year and submits a list of recommended speakers to the President for consideration. Nominated individuals should be engaging speakers, able to relate to graduating students, and ideally have a connection to Pacific. 

You may submit nominations at any time during the year, but the deadline is April 3, 2019, for consideration of nominees to be Commencement speaker in 2021.If you have questions, please contact committee co-chairs Gene Pearson epearson@pacific.edu or Geoff Lin-Cereghino glincere@pacific.edu. Fill out my online form.