Pacific Celebrates May 2020 Commencements Virtually

Pacific University is celebrating the graduation of more than 800 students with virtual commencement ceremonies, now available on YouTube.

View pre-recorded video ceremonies for undergraduate students and graduate/professional students now, or at your convenience. Hear messages from President Lesley Hallick and Board of Trustees Chair Jerry Yoshida ’73, as well as undergraduate valedictorian Noah Askew. Watch the conferral of degrees, and view slides for each of our graduating students.

Graduates also can download their personalized slides to share.

Be sure to share your messages of support and congratulations in the comments or on social media with the hashtag #PacificU2020!

Graduating students can expect to receive their diplomas, diploma cases and a gift by mail in a few weeks, as well as other mailings to welcome you to the Alumni Association throughout the summer.

About 380 undergraduates will earn bachelor’s degrees this spring. Among them is the undergraduate valedictorian, Noah Askew, a biology major who will deliver remarks as part of the virtual commencement ceremony.

Just more than 440 students also will earn master’s and/or doctorate degrees. They include master’s level students in Pacific’s social work, MBA, speech-language pathology, and athletic training and programs. Students will earn doctorate degrees in physical therapy and pharmacy, both programs in the College of Health Professions, which operates from Pacific's Hillsboro Campus. And the College of Optometry, currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, will bestow master's degrees in visual function and learning and in vision sciencedoctor of optometry degrees, and its first three PhD in vision science degrees. 

The combined undergraduate and graduate ceremonies also include School of Learning & Teaching students from Pacific's College of Education, who earn bachelor's and master's degrees leading to teacher licensure, as well as advanced degrees from Forest Grove, Eugene and Woodburn campuses.

Pacific has moved more than 1,000 courses to a distance delivery model this spring in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been able to keep most students on track toward their graduation. The university is committed to offering its rigorous and meaningful academic programs this fall as it explores creative options for safe learning environments.

Friday, May 15, 2020