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Graduating Students

 Welcome graduates!

Commencement Ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 9, 2020 to celebrate most Stockton campus school and college graduates. Professional Schools will hold Commencement Ceremonies on May 16th and June 14th. 

Each school or college will hold a single ceremony event at which degrees are conferred and students are honored for their achievement. The specific dates, times, and locations for each school or college ceremony can be found here. 

There is much to do in preparation for graduation.  For your convenience, we've developed a simple checklist.

If you or your family did not receive the December commencement mailing which was sent to you/ your family's home, check your current addresses online via insidePacific.  If the address on file is not correct,  be sure to submit an address change form to the Office of the Registrar. and include an email address for future updates.

Academic Regalia
Distinctive academic regalia can be traced back to the universities of the Middle Ages when students and faculty of universities wore the robes of the clergy. Today three ranks of degrees are distinguished through variations in the robes, which also indicate the discipline and the university that awarded the degree. In the United States, robes generally are black, although a few universities have adopted other colors for their doctoral robes: Harvard, crimson; Yale, blue; Chicago, maroon; Dartmouth, forest green. Pacific honors the tradition of using black robes. The field of learning in which the degree is awarded is shown by the color of the edging of the hood, and in some cases by the color of the facing and crossbars on the doctoral robe. Some of the more frequently seen colors are: white (Arts and Letters), pink (Music), dark blue (Philosophy), light blue (Education), scarlet (Divinity), golden yellow (Science), lilac (Dentistry), olive green (Pharmacy), and purple (Law). 

The colors of the lining of the hood are those of the institution awarding the degree. For example, University of California colors are gold and blue; Stanford University, cardinal red; University of Michigan, maize and azure blue; University of the Pacific, burnt orange and black. Tassels are also distinctive. While bachelor's and master's tassels are generally black, doctoral tassels generally are gold and an olive green tassel is often worn to signify the field of Pharmacy. The left side of the mortarboard is the proper side to wear the tassel after graduation. During commencement ceremonies, the tassel should rest on the right side of the motarboard or cap until the formal degree conferral.

An individual's degree is revealed by the type of gown and width of the edging on the hood.

  • BACHELOR'S GOWNS have full, sleeves with no trimming. The hoods have a two-inch edging.
  • MASTER'S GOWNS prior to 1960 had full, closed sleeves with the arm emerging through a slit at the elbow. The gown was the despair of wearers because, no matter how hot the day, a jacket was worn under it. In 1960, however, the gown was modified; in place of the elbow slit, an opening was made at the wrist and the gown was made to close. The hoods have a three-inch edging.
  • DOCTOR'S GOWNS are traditionally of silk, have rounded sleeves, velvet facing down the front, and three velvet crossbars on each sleeve. The hoods have side panels and a five-inch facing.

Caps and gowns should be purchased from the University Bookstore during the Grad Fair.

Don't forget to attend this year's Grad Party hosted by Alumni Relations 

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