Please review the FAQs below for answers and information to questions you may have. Questions not addressed below can be directed to

Information is subject to change.


Is regalia required for the Commencement or Diploma and Hooding ceremonies?

Yes, regalia must be worn. If you need to purchase regalia you may do so from the Commencement Shopping page. If you have not already ordered and received your regalia, please contact the Pacific Bookstore in Stockton for last minute orders and support: 209.460.3875 or

Can family and friends attend this in-person commencement ceremony?

Yes! Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Will the event seating provide for social distancing?

Pacific adheres to state and county public health guidelines for events.  Social distancing is encouraged and outdoor seating will be arranged based on current guidance at the time of the event. 

Does Pacific have COVID-19 requirements for participation or attendance at Commencement events?

Pacific adheres to state and county public health guidelines for events, which are subject to change. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

I qualify for special honors at graduation. Does Pacific provide honor cords?

Departments and programs may provide additional recognition to graduates by distributing honor cords. To learn if your department provides honor cords, please contact the department chair or your professor.

I am graduating from a program based at the Sacramento/San Francisco campus location, how can I find out what my campus program is doing?

Graduates from all of our various programs and campus locations are welcome to participate in the May 14 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.

When can I expect my diploma to arrive?

The Registrar’s Office mails diplomas to the address filed with your application to graduate after students are approved to graduate, approximately 12 to 16 weeks after the term ends. If your address changes, it is your responsibility to inform the Office of the Registrar at 209.946.2135 or

Will tickets be required?

No, tickets are not required.

Is there accessible seating?

Yes, there is a designated row for accessible seating on the paved center walkway; additional seating in that area is designated for one attendant.  We encourage guests to arrive early. The parking map shows drop-off zones for guests.

Can I bring my dog if the event is outside?

Only Certified Service Animals are allowed at Commencement and Diploma and Hooding ceremonies.