Guest Information | May Commencement

Tickets are required for Pacific University Commencements. Tickets are free, but required for planning purposes. All seating is first-come, first-served. Gates open one hour before each ceremony begins. Seating Information

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Commencement is outdoors, rain or shine. Please limit use of umbrellas. Disposable ponchos are available at the stadium. Check the weather at the Forest Grove Campus. Weather Information

Pacific University and Forest Grove parks are completely smoke-free areas. Smoking and vaping of any kind is prohibited in Lincoln Park, Hanson Stadium, and on all campus property, including parking lots.

Pets are not allowed in Hanson Stadium. Service animals are welcome.

Campus shuttles, accessible seating, ASL Interpreters, and a captioned live stream of the ceremonies are available for guests. Please see accessibility information for additional details. Accessibility Information

Campus Public Safety and a paramedic are on-site during Commencement. If you need immediate assistance, call 911 and/or hail and usher. If you have other safety concerns, call Campus Public Safety at 503-352-2230.

Additional amenities at Commencement include flower order pick up, limited on-site flower sales, concessions, and the Bookstore in the University Center. Learn more about services on campus in our guest information pages. Amenity Information


Scott Pike '68 OD '70

The former College of Optometry faculty member is recognized for his longtime service to the optometry profession and his work to provide eyecare to underserved populations.

Graduates Line Up Prior To May 2023 Commencement At Pacific University

Nearly 800 students will celebrate the latest milestone on their life journeys at Pacific University celebrates its May Commencement with two ceremonies on Saturday, May 18.

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.