At graduation, Pacific University is proud to honor you. As you reach this milestone, we celebrate your academic achievements and admire your dedication.

Commencement is a formal celebration of Pacific University's graduating students, officially recognizing their accomplishments and completion of their degree program.

Pacific University has multiple graduation ceremonies throughout the year to reflect the unique variety of degrees and programs offered. Select the commencement you will be attending for more information.

All students must apply for graduation through BoxerOnline.


Contact Us

Jason Feiner | Assistant Director | Conference and Event Support Services
University Advancement | 503-352-1556 |


Leiana Petlewski '21

A dance and applied theatre double major, Leiana Petlewski '21 was selected as Pacific’s undergraduate valedictorian for May 2021 Commencement. She also was named the university’s Outstanding Senior in Applied Theatre (along with fellow graduate Julia Peterson ’21), Outstanding Senior in Dance, and Outstanding Senior in the Arts.

The words "Class of 20021 Pacific University" on a photo of Marsh Hall

The pre-recorded video ceremonies for undergraduate students and graduate/professional students will go live on the university’s YouTube channel at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Grad cap decorated with RDH

Due to current COVID-19 trends and restrictions, this large-scale gathering is not feasible in August. The CDC continues to recommend against large gatherings, including for people who are fully vaccinated, and current guidance restricts Pacific from hosting guests at university events, on or off campus. While we are disappointed to miss the traditional ceremony, we are committed to honoring and celebrating the achievements of our graduating students.

Upcoming Events

2 p.m. | Friday, Aug. 13, 2021
Forest Grove, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
3 to 5 p.m. | Friday, Aug. 13, 2021
Hillsboro, Tuality 7th Ave. Medical
7 to 9 p.m. | Friday, Aug. 13, 2021
Forest Grove, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
9 a.m. | Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021
Forest Grove