Graduation Checklist | August Commencement

Apply to Graduate

All students must apply for graduation. Apply through BoxerOnline by May 15 to participate in the August ceremony.


Complete Your Degree Requirements

The Registrar’s Office reviews your degree requirements after you apply for graduation and contacts your program director if there are concerns. If you currently are taking courses at another institution to complete your degree, or have any questions about completing degree requirements, contact The Registrar's Office at 503-352-2793 or email

Order Your Regalia

Graduates participating in the Commencement Ceremony must wear academic regalia. Caps, gowns and other regalia are ordered through the Pacific University Bookstore (503-359-1082). Orders placed after June 5 are subject to an additional $15 charge.Get Your Other Graduation Gear

Settle Your Accounts

All student accounts must be paid in full before you graduate. If you anticipate an outstanding balance after you graduate, please contact the Business Office to make arrangement for payment. Students with outstanding balances after graduation cannot receive their diplomas or transcripts. Students who receive federal student loans also must complete exit interviews before graduating or leaving campus. The Financial Aid Office will contact you to set up an appointment.

Invite Your Guests

No tickets are required for Pacific University Commencement. Invite your guests and provide them with this link to all the important details for the day!

Show Up Ready to Walk

Assemble in the fire lane area on the north side of Scott Hall by 8:30 a.m. All students should arrive in cap and gown. Hoods should be carried, not worn. Staff from the Registrar’s Office will line you up for the processional. Bring a water bottle — but little else. There is not a secure location to leave other personal items.

Eat Cake

There will be a dessert reception for graduates and their guests in the University Center following each ceremony.