May Commencement

May Commencement is the crowning finish to the academic year and a time to recognize the outstanding graduating students of Pacific University. Join us for a weekend of festivities celebrating their graduation. Our next May Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, on the Forest Grove Campus.

May 2024 Commencement | May 18, 2024

Undergraduate Ceremony, 9 a.m.
Graduate/Professional Ceremony, 1:30 p.m.
Hanson Stadium, Forest Grove Campus



Undergraduate Ceremony

The morning ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and recognizes undergraduate students who are earning bachelor's degrees in the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education & Optometry. 

Graduate/Professional Ceremony

The afternoon ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. and recognizes graduate and professional students receiving master's and doctoral degrees in social work, nonprofit leadership, business, speech-language pathology, education and teaching, pharmacy, athletic training, physical therapy, vision science, optometry, and health & medical sciences. 

Guest Information

Tickets are free but required for all guests at Pacific University commencement ceremonies. Tickets allow us to plan space accordingly, provide accommodations for guests in need of assistance, and communicate with guests in the event of unexpected changes to the ceremony.

Seating for ticketed guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and gates open one hour before each ceremony. 

Parking is available on campus and on surrounding streets, and shuttles are available throughout the day to help guests reach the stadium. 

On graduation day, guests will be able to purchase food and beverages from the Starbucks and Marketplace on campus and visit the Bookstore. Floral gifts also are available for pre-order, to be picked up at the stadium during commencement. Limited floral gifts may be available on site. (Pre-order is recommended!)

More Guest Info

Graduating Student Information

All students must apply in advance to graduate. Students who apply to graduate will receive detailed information by email in the weeks leading up to graduation.

Students walking in commencement should order and wear appropriate regalia.

Arrive one hour before the ceremony begins to line up for the processional.

Students will receive diploma cases as they cross the stage. Final diplomas will be mailed to graduates 6-8 weeks following the ceremony. Official transcripts are available for order online. 

More Graduate Info


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Download the Commencement Program

Follow along with the May 2023 undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies in this online edition of the program. Commemorative copies are available at the ceremonies.

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Upcoming Events

3:30 to 5 p.m. | Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Forest Grove, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
10:30 a.m. | Friday, May 17, 2024
Forest Grove, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
6 to 7 p.m. | Friday, May 17, 2024
Forest Grove, Old College Hall
9 a.m. | Saturday, May 18, 2024
Forest Grove, Lincoln Park Athletic Complex, Hanson Stadium
1:30 to 3 p.m. | Saturday, May 18, 2024
Forest Grove, Lincoln Park Athletic Complex, Hanson Stadium


Pacific University adopted a Floating Holiday Award for commencement event staff to recognize the additional duties and contributions of exempt staff when assisting with the May and August commencement ceremonies for our graduates. Salary-exempt staff who work at the May Commencement will be assigned commencement floating holiday hours to be used through April 30, 2025.

Candids of undergrad students at May 2023 Commencment

Get started on your commencement checklist! Apply to graduate (if you haven't already), order regalia and guest tickets, and cross off items on your to-do list before May 18.

Students at May 2023 Commencement

Get your commencement look started! Order regalia online now and get your cap and gown mailed to your front door in time for May! Also, get your guest list going and order free tickets today!