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Graduating Students

Welcome graduates!

The annual All-University Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 9:00 A.M. in the Alex G. Spanos Center to celebrate the Stockton campus schools and college graduates, with the exception of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Your degree will be formally conferred during this special and festive event. Each year we recognize outstanding student leaders and members of the Pacific community, award honorary degrees to distinguished individuals of exemplary achievement and service, and feature a keynote Commencement speaker. 

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 18, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. in the Alex G. Spanos Center. This will be a single ceremony event when degrees are conferred and students are honored for their achievement.

Interested in becoming the Class Speaker?

If you are interested in being the 2019 Commencement Speaker, apply by February 25, 2019, and check out the video from the 2013 speech for inspiration.

Download the Commencement Student Speaker Application

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

If you have not been receiving any commencement mailings to your home and/or parents' address then you should check your current addresses online via insidePacific.  If the address on file is not correct, then submit an updated address change form to the Office of the Registrar.

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, gowns generally are black, although a few universities have adopted other colors for their doctoral gowns: Harvard, crimson; Yale, blue; Chicago, maroon; Dartmouth, forest green. 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 gown. 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. An olive green tassel is often worn on the cap to signify the field of Pharmacy, although generally bachelor's and master's tassels are black. Doctoral tassels generally are gold. The left side of the mortarboard is the proper side to wear the tassel after graduation.

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

  • BACHELOR'S GOWNS have full, pointed 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 coat must be 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 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 and after the Commencement Fair.
Student Regalia Pricing 2019