Commencement is coming right around the corner

Commencement is coming right around the corner

Congrats grads, you’ve made it to the finish line! But did you know that Commencement is not just limited to the ceremony on Saturday, May 9?

There are many other ceremonies and events held at Pacific during the week of Commencement. The Faith Davies All-University Leadership Awards on Friday, May 8 at 11 a.m. will honor various student leaders in the DeRosa University Center Ballroom.

The Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held later that Friday at 4 p.m. The ceremony, reports Pacific’s website, is an “opportunity for graduates and their families to gather before commencement in gratitude for the great accomplishment that students have attained with invaluable support.” The Multifaith Chaplain and members of the Interfaith Council will lead the service. Afterward, a reception will be held on Knoles Lawn. Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck confers all degrees at the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 at 9 a.m. U.S. Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. ‘77, ‘83, chief judge of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of California, will be the featured speaker at Commencement. In addition, the University’s various schools will host Diploma and Hooding Ceremonies that day. The ceremony for College of the Pacific and University College graduates will be held at 1 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Center. A special reception for COP graduates and their families will commence at the northeast entrance of the Spanos Center immediately following the Diploma and Hooding Ceremony. The College of the Pacific Annual Awards Ceremony will be held between 1-3 p.m. in Raymond Great Hall. Faye Spanos Concert Hall will host graduates from the School of International Studies at 1 p.m. The ceremony for Eberhardt School of Business graduates is held at Knoles Lawn at 1 p.m. A special reception will be held on Knoles Lawn immediately following the Ceremony. Knoles Lawn will host graduates from the School of Engineering and Computer Science for their ceremony at 4 p.m. The Diploma and Hooding Ceremony for Conservatory of Music graduates will take place in Faye Spanos Concert Hall at 4 p.m. Lastly, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education graduates will have their ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center. Each college’s Diploma and Hooding Ceremony will feature a speaker; some of them are graduating students chosen by a committee.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences graduates congregate for Commencement on Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. in Alex G. Spanos Center. Dr. Sandra R. Hernández,  president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation, is the keynote Commencement speaker. Three student Commencement speakers, one each from the Departments of Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology, will address the graduates. Graduates will be honored at their Annual Graduation Banquets on Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m. It is hosted by the School and their Alumni Associations for the triad of disciplines. Alumni, family, friends, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. You must register by May 1 at

The Physical Therapy Banquet will take place in The Lair, the Pharmacy Banquet will be held in the Janssen Lagorio Gymnasium and the Speech-Language Pathology Banquet will be in the DeRosa University Center Ballroom.

On Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m., McGeorge School of Law graduates will have their Commencement ceremony in the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento on 1515 J St. The Honorable Daniel Flores ‘01 of the San Francisco Superior Court is McGeorge’s Commencement speaker. The ceremony for Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry graduates takes place at the Masonic Auditorium on 1111 California St. in San Francisco on Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m. Graduates, expect your diploma(s) to arrive three to four months after the semester in which you graduate. If you have any questions, call the Commencement Office at (209) 946-2666. Congratulations once more, Tigers — you made it!

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Nicole Felkins

Editor In Chief at The Pacifican