What is the difference between the all University Commencement and my School’s Diploma and Hooding ceremony?
The President, Provost and deans will present the graduates and confer degrees at the all University Commencement ceremony. Remarks will be given by the Commencement speakers and the Order of the Pacific will be awarded. Distinguished faculty awards and honorary doctoral degrees are presented as well as the recognition of the 50th reunion class.
During the School Diploma and Hooding ceremony, graduates will have the opportunity to process across the stage, hear their name announced, receive their diploma covers and have photos taken by a professional photographer.
I am graduating from a program based at the Sacramento/San Francisco campuses, how can I find out what my campus program is doing?
Graduates from all our various programs and campus locations are welcome to participate in the May 13 Commencement. Please also watch for news from the dean of your school for information about your Diploma and Hooding ceremony and other special events specific to your program or school.
How long are the ceremonies?
Commencement and Diploma and Hooding ceremonies vary, but most are approximately 60-90 minutes in length.
Can family and friends attend the Commencement ceremony?
Yes! Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Will tickets be required?
No, tickets are not required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Is there accessible seating?
Yes, there is a designated area for accessible seating on the paved center walkway; additional seating in that area is designated for one attendant. We encourage guests to arrive early. There will be specific drop-off zones for guests with special needs.
Is there a limit on the number of guests I can bring?
No, you may bring as many guests as you like. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Can I bring my dog or other pet if the event is outside?
Only Certified Service Animals are allowed at the Commencement and Diploma and Hooding ceremonies.
What should I wear to the all University Commencement and my Diploma and Hooding ceremony?
Celebratory attire is always suggested. Uneven surfaces such as stairs, concrete paths and lawn areas are common on campus. Late spring weather is variable. Typically, the month of May is cool in the morning and very warm in the afternoon. We also recommend sunscreen for our outdoor ceremonies.
Where do I park?
On-campus parking is available and Public Safety Officers will direct traffic on the day of commencement. Shuttles will be in service, and available at any marked campus shuttle stop. Carpooling is recommended due to possible traffic delays.
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 here.
Is accessible parking available?
Special parking arrangements have been made for guests with accessibility needs. These vehicles will be directed to these locations by Public Safety officers. You are required to have a state-issued Accessible Parking placard to take advantage of this parking.
How much does it cost to park?
Parking is free but extremely limited. You can utilize our free shuttles from designated parking locations.
Can I bring and refill my water bottle on campus?
Yes! There are many water refilling stations on our campus. As part of Pacific’s commitment to sustainability, we encourage everyone, graduates and guests, to bring a refillable water bottle. Learn more about our efforts to create a campus culture committed to advancing a sustainable future here.
Can I bring signs, balloons, noise makers, or other celebratory items to the ceremony?
The following is a list of prohibited items at Commencement and Diploma and Hooding Ceremonies:
- Coolers and containers
- Signage of any kind
- Plastic or metallic confetti
- Packages (e.g., gifts, boxes)
- Large umbrellas
- Tobacco and e-cigarettes
- Alcoholic beverages
For safety reasons, all bags are subject to search by University Police.