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Commencement 2022


Welcome to the Pacifica Graduate Institute Virtual Commencement Information Page

Saturday, May 28, 2022

We would like to take a moment to congratulate all 2022 graduates on the completion of your graduate degree here at Pacifica Graduate Institute. We appreciate the hard work and dedication that you have devoted to your journey here with us. We acknowledge and appreciate all of the patience and steadfastness in each student as we navigated through the uncertainties and challenges of this last year. May the heart and soul of Pacifica carry through to the next chapter of your life and into the work that you will be doing out in the world.

We look forward to hosting all 2022 graduates, as well as loved ones, for the Virtual Commencement Plenary Session on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:00 am PST, to celebrate this meaningful day. Please see below for further details.

Pacifica Commencement 2022  – Saturday, May 28, 2022

Plenary Session: 11 AM-Noon Pacific time

Hosted on Zoom Webinar:

Passcode: 481247

See the COMMENCEMENT FLYER for further information, including speakers.

Individual program ceremonies to follow or as scheduled by programs – please refer to programmatic communications for those details


Commencement Address: Dr. Joseph Cambray, President/CEO

Message from Dr. Cambray: “For our plenary session beginning at 11am, I was honored to be asked to deliver this year’s Commencement address. While my retirement will soon take place, Pacifica and its mission remain foremost in my heart and thoughts. In addition to reflections on the past five years, including the sadness at having to hold commencement in the virtual mode, I hope to chart some of new directions currently underway.”

Other notes for graduates

  • Diplomas are being mailed the week of May 16, 2022
  • Our PGIAA will be mailing graduates ‘SWAG 22’ packages the week of May 16, which will include caps and tassels, so that they may be worn during commencement (graduates can be on camera for your individual program ceremonies).
  • Your academic programs will or have already sent you information about individual program ceremonies, so please refer to those communications for when those will be hosted.
  • For questions about your graduation status, please reach out to
  • For questions about the Commencement plenary, email
  • Questions about your programmatic ceremonies can be directed to your Chair or Program Administrator.

We look forward to celebrating you and your achievements as a graduating class later this month.


Commencement Eligibility

Please refer to the Registrar Commencement Letter on the Commencement website for more information. If you have specific questions, a list of who to contact and their email information is included at the end of this memo.

Thesis Presentations for Counseling Graduates

The Counseling Psychology Department looks forward to celebrating our graduating students’ research work at our virtual Thesis Presentation Day on Friday, May 27th. This time-honored tradition provides ritual space for graduates to share the scope of their meaningful thesis work with the larger Pacifica community. The Counseling Psychology Research Team will be closely in touch with graduating students ahead of the event and will share all event details via email. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Director of Research, Gioia Jacobson (, or Research Coordinator, Tom Steffora (, with any questions.

Counseling Commencement

Registrar Commencement Letter

Commencement For All Other Programs

Registrar Commencement Letter

Important Contact Information

Completion of Academic Requirements
Francine Matas
(805) 679-6165
fmatas@pacifica.eduCompletion of Practicum Requirements Track C & W
Cynthia Fredericksen
(805) 879-7383

Completion of Practicum Requirements Track D & V
Taryn Holvick
(805) 879-7371

Completion of Thesis and Thesis Presentations
Tom Steffora|
(805) 879-7382

Gioia Jacobson
(805) 879-7329

Student Account Status
Mary Haney
(805) 679-6188

Diploma Inquiries
Rob Case
(805) 679-6198

Zoom/IT Support
IT Team
(805) 679-6199