Pacific University Virtual Commencement is Live

Pacific University's virtual August Commencement is now live on YouTube.

August Commencement traditionally celebrates graduates from Pacific’s College of Health Professions. The graduation celebration, which was moved online in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, will recognize more than 300 graduates from the:

  • School of Audiology
  • School of Dental Hygiene Studies
  • School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership
  • School of Occupational Therapy
  • School of Physician Assistant Studies
  • School of Graduate Psychology

Also this year, Pacific is pleased to confer degrees on its first graduating classes from two new health-related programs. The Bachelor of Applied Vision Science, in the College of Optometry, is offered in partnership with institutions in Taiwan and China, where optometry is an emerging field of medicine. International students study both in their home countries and at Pacific to develop expertise in behavioral optometry and contact lenses. Nine students will receive their BAVS degrees this summer.

The new PhD in Education & Leadership, meanwhile, is an interdisciplinary venture of Pacific’s colleges of Health Professions and of Education. The low-residency program is designed for experienced teachers and administrators in education and healthcare to advance their careers as leaders and educators in their fields. Among this first class of seven are several Pacific University alumni and faculty members.

“It was a ton of work, but it was an amazing experience and deeply fulfilling,” said Corissa Mazurkiewicz, an assistant professor in the Pacific College of Education’s School of Learning & Teaching.

Pacific’s virtual August Commencement ceremony will debut at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 8, on YouTube and other social media platforms, where students, family members and friends will be able to watch remarks by university leadership, as well as personalized slides recognizing each graduating student.

Pacific University is a diverse institution with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Woodburn and Eugene. Roughly half of Pacific’s enrollment are graduate students, many of them in the College of Health Professions and the College of Optometry.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020