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.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, August Commencement will be celebrated with a pre-recorded virtual ceremony released Aug. 14.
Graduating Student Information | August Commencement
Congratulations! You made it! Get ready to celebrate your graduation at August Commencement. Find important details for graduating students — and for your guests!
Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.
All students must apply to graduate. Complete your online graduation application immediately at BoxerOnline, and find more details about getting ready to graduate. Graduation Checklist
Submit a photo. Graduating students are invited to submit a portrait for inclusion in the virtual commencement ceremony. Upload your photo by July 23. Submit a Photo
Celebrate Virtual Commencement. Pre-recorded virtual commencement ceremonies will debut on the university’s YouTube channel at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. These ceremonies will include pre-recorded remarks from university leadership, faculty and students, the traditional conferral of degrees, and individual recognition of all graduating students.
Get your professional portrait. Students will be invited to participate in a brief, informal stage-walk and portrait opportunity with their cohorts during graduation weekend. These are a commemorative experience but are not a ceremony. The stage-walk will be live-streamed for families to watch. Participation is optional, and students are discouraged from traveling to attend. Registration details coming soon.
Support Your Graduate. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests are not currently allowed on Pacific campuses. We invite families and friends to join us in celebrating students by watching the virtual commencement ceremonies on Aug. 14.
After Graduation. Diplomas will be mailed to students following the virtual ceremony. Make sure you have let us know where to send it! You also will be able to download your graduation slide and professional photo — and, you will become the newest members of the Pacific University Alumni Association!
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.
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.