The class of 2011 prepares to finish at Pacific for good, but must complete mandatory tasks that aren’t coming any slower. There are more requirements than completing core and major class requirements. The Grad Check was in November, but there are more approaching deadlines.

The first deadline approaching for graduating seniors is Jan. 15, 2011, when all students planning to graduate in the spring must submit their Boxer Online graduation applications.

After applying for graduation, the Registrar’s Office will send notifications via email if there are unfinished requirements or things that need attention. Transcripts regarding courses taken at other institutions should be submitted by April 15, 2011.

After the Jan. 15 deadline, the next date is Feb. 9, when Countdown to Graduation will offer help in The Pulse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a chance to double-check degree requirements with the registrar and order items such as announcements, caps and gowns. Once applications and transcripts are in, graduating seniors have until April 27 to prepare for Senior Projects Day, when seniors present their projects.

The last events take place in May, with the graduation rehearsal on the 18 and the Commencement Ceremony on May 21, along with the Senior Salute, on May 18, in the MPR and the New Alumni Reception, May 21, on the East Marsh Hall Lawn. To participate in these events, seniors must be sure to have all student accounts paid in full to the Business Office.

It is tradition for the Office of Marketing & Communications to send a press release to the hometown newspaper of each graduating student including the student’s name and the degree they received. To ensure this is sent to the correct newspaper, seniors need to pick up a Hometown Release form from the University Relations office in Marsh Hall. Students can also use this form to decline the Press Release service.

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