Degree Conferral

Application for Degree

All degree candidates must submit an Application for Graduation through BoxerOnline Self Service in order to have a degree or certificate conferred. A separate application is required for each degree or certificate, including separate applications in the case of joint degrees.

Graduation Application Deadlines

  • To have a degree/certificate conferred in May, or to participate in May's Commencement ceremony, students must apply by January 15.
  • To have a degree/certificate conferred in August, or to participate in August's Commencement ceremony the Application for Graduation must be submitted by May 15.

Commencement Ceremonies

Formal university-wide commencement ceremonies are held in Forest Grove in May and August. The MFA in Writing program holds a ceremony in Forest Grove in June. 

Degree Conferral Dates

Degrees are conferred* on the following dates throughout the year:

  • January 31
  • March 31
  • 3rd Saturday in May
  • June 30
  • 2nd Saturday in August
  • August 31
  • September 30
  • November 30

*Degrees are posted to the student's transcript once the Registrar has verified that all requirements have been completed successfully.  Students will receive their diploma(s) in the mail 6-8 weeks after degree conferral.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements and policies are detailed in the Pacific University Catalog.