Pacific to Host Virtual Commencement for Class of 2021

Apr 11, 2021
Newly graduated students throwing caps in air

By: Angel Zhong 

Live remote commencement ceremonies will be held for the class of 2021. The ceremonies, which will be held over Zoom, differ on date based on the college: May 8th for College of the Pacific, Benerd College, Eberhardt School of Business, Conservatory of Music and School of Engineering and Computer Science; May 15th for the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and the School of Health Sciences; and May 22th for the McGeorge School of Law. This was announced by University President Christopher Callahan earlier last month. 

“I'm glad that they are at least doing a live ceremony. Last year they did a recorded one; I don't think that was very personal so I'm glad they're changing it to a live one,” shared graduating senior Kelli Loritsch, Applied Mathematics and Physics, ‘21.

Additionally, plans for in-person graduation ceremonies for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 this upcoming fall are in the works. 

Commencement marks an important symbolic transition for many graduates, signaling the official crossing-over into the threshold of adulthood. For underrepresented students, the weight of this accomplishment is even greater. 

“Commencement is a huge accomplishment for me.  I’m a first generation, low income college student so it means a lot to me as well as to my family to walk the stage and earn my degree,” said Randi Holguin, Business Administration - Entrepreneurship, ‘21, and the incumbent ASuop President. “A remote commencement is a temporary placeholder for the in-person ceremony in October which I’m looking forward to more. Although I don’t think it will have nearly the same feeling as an in-person ceremony that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it!”

Join us in congratulating our esteemed Class of 2021!