Graduating students (2019)
2021
Commencement

Welcome parents, family members, and guests to the Graduation 2021 website! This site will be updated periodically to help you plan for and enjoy this exciting weekend. Please visit other sections of this website to understand the COVID-19 restrictions for the in-person ceremony.

About Commencement
The basics

Commencement will be held Sunday, June 13, 2:00 pm at the SFMasonic Auditorium, 1111 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108. 

Graduates and guests in front of the SFMasonic

Commencement Livestream

Welcome parents, family members, and guests to the Graduation 2021 website! This site will be updated periodically to help you plan for and enjoy this exciting weekend. Please visit other sections of this website to understand the COVID-19 restrictions for the in-person ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony

Please visit this page often because it will be regularly updated with new information.

Before Graduation

There are many important items for families and guests to consider in advance of commencement. This site provides information on nearby hotels, graduation memorabilia and maps/parking. The Frequently Asked Questions section contains additional information for families and guests.

Day of Commencement
Photographs and Video

You are welcome to take photos and video during the ceremony, but please be considerate when using flash photography. Flash can sometimes distract speakers. A professional photographer will also be on site to take photos of each student during the ceremony. Photos will be available at a forthcoming link to be posted on this web page after commencement.

Masonic Auditorium

Following commencement, guests will be cleared out of the auditorium by rows, by Masonic ushers.

Guests are asked to not linger outside the Masonic Auditorium, socializing or taking photographs.

After Graduation

Preserve your graduate's memories of Pacific with photographs, diploma frames, and additional graduation memorabilia available at Pacific's Student Store.

Commencement Ceremony

Welcome students in the class of 2021!

The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm at The Masonic on 1111 California Street in San Francisco. Students' line-up will be staggered and more details will be announced. Watch this page for new information. 

Maps/Parking

The garage at the Masonic on 1111 California St. will charge $35 for parking and is first-come, first-served. Select the ParkWhiz site* to book a parking spot in advance. Please allow extra time to navigate the heavy traffic around the Masonic. Check the map if you seek directions.

*not affiliated with the Masonic or University of the Pacific.

Hooding Procedure
  • Family members who are dentists are permitted to hood a graduate (hooders will be counted toward your two guests).
  • All graduates who would like to be hooded by a family member dentist must be fully vaccinated.
  • All hooders must be fully vaccinated, whether or not they live in California.
  • All hooders must be registered in advance to participate in commencement.

When you arrive at the venue, please provide proof of full vaccination. Those guests without vaccination proof cannot be hooders; a recent negative COVID-19 test result is not sufficient. You will be checked in and guided by an usher to your seat in the hooder section. 

Watch for information on arrival time for hooders and instructions with regards to the hooding process.

Dress for hooders is business attire. If you have someone attending as a second guest who is not hooding you, they can be seated with the hooder if they are fully vaccinated. If the guest is not fully vaccinated, they will need to be seated in the non-vaccinated seating area.

 Commencement ceremonies for the classes of 2021 will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at the SF Masonic Auditorium. 

Will guest/s still be able to enter the Masonic Auditorium if we forget our state picture ID and/or COVID-19 Vaccination Record card or PCR negative test within 72 hours?

Guests will not be allowed to enter the Masonic Auditorium without state picture ID and COVID-19 vaccination proof or PCR negative test (for those who live inside of California)

Once guests are seated, are they allowed to move around the Masonic Auditorium?

Guests should remain seated in their reserved seat.

Is food and/or drink allowed in the Masonic Auditorium?

No food or drink is allowed.

Q.  Are tickets required to attend Commencement?
Tickets are required, restricted to two tickets per graduate. Please note children must have a ticket. Tickets will be reserved via Ticketmaster; this site will be updated as more information on obtaining tickets is available.

Q. What time should guests arrive?
Further details will be provided for arrival times to allow for staggered, socially distanced entrance to the Masonic Auditorium. The two guests who are allowed for each student must arrive with a state picture ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test result (only for those living inside the state of California) per instructions above. 

Q. What if guests are late?
Latecomers can be accommodated on a space-available basis. 

Q. Are children welcome at the Commencement Ceremony?
Children are required to be accompanied by a responsible adult. There are only two guests allowed per student so one guest can be a child if accompanied by an adult guest of that same student. Children require a ticket to a reserved seat. 

Q. Is flash photography allowed at graduation?
You are welcome to take photos and video during the ceremony from your seat, but please be considerate when using flash photography. Flash can sometimes distract speakers. Also, the school has arranged for a professional photographer to be on site to take pictures of graduates as they receive the diploma. Photos will be available by a forthcoming link to a photo service website following the event. The options are either buy prints or have high-resolution JPEGs emailed for downloading.