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Baccalaureate Last Lecture

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Each year a faculty member presents a "Last Lecture" at Pacific's Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony, held on the Friday of Commencement weekend. The tradition offers an opportunity for selected faculty members to share something special from the heart with graduates, their families, and the university community. More information on the Pacific's Last Lecture, its history and past lecturers can be found here.

All students, staff, and faculty members may nominate one faculty member per academic year. Final selection is made by the Last Lecture Committee. Nominations may be sent to by March 1 each year (name and title required; the rationale is optional).

Pacific's 2020 Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020. 

This year's Last Lecture Speaker is Scott A. Jensen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of the Pacific. His research focuses on parenting and child behavior problems, and he is a licensed psychologist. Scott and his wife Holly have 10 children – eight girls and two boys.

Pacific has altered its commencement plans for 2020 due to the current social distancing requirements. We recognize that this situation still hurts on many levels and we are sorry. 

A special online Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held this year to honor the graduating students, families, and the Pacific Community. This video will be available on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 4:00pm on the University of the Pacific Commencement webpage, click here

We also greatly look forward to celebrating with our graduates in person, when it is safe to do so. As we wait for that time, please gather virtually with classmates and loved ones as the Pacific Administration and faculty honor and recognize your accomplishments. You are valued Pacificans and Tigers for Life!