Commencement Ceremony

Congrats to the Classes of 2020 & 2021!

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we will honor the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 with a virtual formal commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 26, 2021. There will be two commencement ceremonies: one for doctoral graduates and another one for undergraduate and master's graduates. 

Please be sure to invite your family and friends to celebrate your achievement in getting a degree from PAU! Each ceremony will feature commencement speeches and the conferring of degrees. All graduates will be individually recognized and have the opportunity to include a photo, personal message, and/or 10 second video to commemorate their accomplishments while at PAU and to celebrate their graduation.

Commencement Ceremony Details

Both ceremonies will be broadcast on Saturday, June 26 via PAU's YouTube Channel.

New Graduates Celebration Send-off Reception

New graduates, faculty and staff are invited to attend a virtual celebration hosted by beloved librarian Scott Hines. This is a great opportunity for graduates to offer well wishes and goodbyes to their fellow graduates and the PAU Community. An invitation along with Zoom Information will be emailed to graduates prior to Commencement and posted in the YouTube comments section on Commencement Day. 

Receptions take place immediately following each ceremony.

As soon as it is safe to do so, we hope to host post-commencement, in-person receptions for graduates in the fall. 

New Graduates Commencement Checklist

Important DeadlinesToggle Accordion

The Commencement webpage and graduate checklist will be updated regularly so be sure to visit this page often for the most up-to-date information and deadlines. For questions, please email Commencement@paloaltou.edu

To Dos Due Dates Details
Commencement Information Q & A Session 

Wed, April 14, 2021,           

Contact Commencement for the video recording at Commencement@paloaltou.edu.
Order Regalia (Cap and Gown) via Herff Jones Tues, May 1, 2021 If you choose to wear regalia for you personal commencement video, we are recommending that you place an order by May 1, 2021 using the Herff Jones website. Any orders placed after this date may not arrive in time. 
2020 Grads: Intent to Participate in Commencement Form Sat,  May 15, 2021 In order to participate in Commencement, you must register your intent by completing the online Intent to Participate in Commencement form.
2021 Grads: Intent to Participate in Commencement Form Sat,  May 15, 2021 In order to participate in Commencement, you must register your intent by completing the online Intent to Participate in Commencement form.
Graduate Personal Slide for Commencement Tues, June 8, 2021 to Tues, June 15, 2021

On June 8, you will receive an email from our partner StageClip with a link to upload a photo, message, and/or 10 second video to create a personal slide. Your personal slide will be shown during the ceremony. 

Invite Family & Friends  Ongoing Invite your family and friends to celebrate your achievement.
Pre-Commencement Slideshow Photos Up to Sat,  May 15, 2021 Share some of your most memorable moments at PAU. Please send photos to Commencement@paloaltou.edu

 

Grad Participation Overview: Personal Slide, Regalia & HoodingToggle Accordion

Commencement Participation Overview: Personal Slide, Regalia and Hooding

Graduation StageClip

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, Palo Alto University (PAU) will be hosting a virtual commencement ceremony honoring the classes of 2020 & 2021. The ceremony will feature traditional commencement elements including speeches, the conferring of degrees and individual graduate recognitions. This year, PAU is using a graduate ceremony platform, StageClip, that allows graduates to submit a personal commencement slide to be shown during the ceremony.

 
Submitting a Personal Slide for Commencement - Beginning on June 8, graduates will receive an email from StageClip with a link to upload a photo, personal message, and/or 10 second video to create a personal slide. This is a great opportunity to thank your family, friends and faculty, or share future plans - it's your choice. Personal slides will be will be featured with fellow classmates during the ceremony. Watch the "How to" video.  Feel free to incorporate elements such as wearing regalia, moving the tassel or being
hooded by a special someone. 
 

Happy PAU Grad Image

Regalia - Wearing regalia is welcomed in your personal slide but not required. To order regalia, go to the Herff Jones website before May 1, 2021. Another alternative is to use a Snapchat Lense that can be customized to include your gown, cap, and tassel colors that will be available to you via StageClip

 

Hooding for Master’s and Doctoral Graduates - The Hooding Ceremony is a special recognition for graduates receiving a final master's or doctoral degree. Students receiving their graduate degree from PAU would normally be hooded by their faculty advisor at an in-person ceremony.

Hooding Ceremony ImageSince this year’s event is virtual, we invite you to perform your own hooding ceremony by designating someone special to officially “hood” you to honor your achievement. For many participants, it symbolizes the culmination of graduate studies and the degree recipient's transition from student to colleague. View some examples on hooding:

 

 

 

 
 

Graduate Celebration Toolkit - Share Your Accomplishment with Family & Friends!Toggle Accordion

Congratulations, PAU graduates! We have put together a toolkit to assist you with sharing your achievement with others. In the Celebration Toolkit, you will find templates to use for lawn signs, window signs, Zoom backgrounds, Facebook frames and cover photos. Enjoy!

Directions for Lawn, Window Signs, Facebook and Instagram profile photos: For lawn signs, download and share with your local printer. For 8" x 11" window signs, download and print in color. For Facebook profile frames, download and upload to your profile. 

Direction for all Zoom and Facebook backgrounds: To download, click on the images below to access any of the templates and then right click and select "Save As."


Lawn Signs - 24" x 14" -  Download and share with your local printer.

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PAU Grad Lawn Sign - Generic

Download

Class of 2020

PAU Grad Lawn Sign - Class of 2020.

Download

Class of 2021


Window Signs - 8" x 11" - Download, select print in color and send to your personal or local printer.

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Class of 2020

Class of 2021

Generic

Class of 2020

Class of 2021

Generic

Class of 2020

Class of 2021


Facebook Personal Profile Frames - Download image (.png) and upload to your profile.

Proud Parent

PAU Graduate

Congrats PAU Grads!

Proud Partner


Facebook Cover Photos - To download, right click and select "Save As"

PAU Grad - I did it!

Proud PAU Grad  Cover Photo Facebook

PAU Psychology Grad!

PAU Psychology Grad Facebook Ciover Photo

Business Psychology Grad!

Proud PAU Business Psychology Grad Facebook Cover Photo

PAU Counseling Grad!

Proud PAU Counseling Grad Facebook Cover

PAU Grad - The Dr Is In!

PAU Grad  - The Doctor is In Facebook Cover Photo

PAU Grad - Call Me Dr

PAU Grad  - Just Call Me Dr Facebook Cover Photo

 

 


Zoom Backgrounds - To download, right click and select "Save As"

Proud PAU Grad

PAU Psychology Grad Zoom Background

 

 

PAU Proud Grad

Proud PAU Grad Generic Zoom Background 2

 

 

Newly Minted Grad

Newly Minted PAU Graduate Generic Zoom Background

 

 
Class of 2020 Zoom Backgrounds

Proud PAU Grad

Proud PAU Grad 2020 Zoom Background

PAU Grad - I did it!

PAU Proud Grad I did it 2020

PAU Newly Minted

Newly Minted PAU Graduate 2020.

Psychology Grad 

Proud PAU Psychology Grad 2020 Zoom Background

Counseling Grad

PAU Counseling Grad 2020 Zoom Background

 

BS Business Psy Grad

Proud PA BS Grad 2020 Zoom Background

 

BS Social Action 

Proud PA BS Social Action Grad 2020 Zoom Background

 

MS Psy Grad

Proud PAU MS Grad 2020 Zoom Background

MA Counseling Grad

Proud PA MA Grad 2020 Zoom Background

 

PhD Clinical Psy Grad

Proud PA PhD Grad 2020 Zoom Background

 

You Can Call Me Dr.

2020 PAU Grad - Yes you can call me docto

 

 

 

PGSP-Stanford PsyD  

2021 PGSP Stanford Grad Zoom Background

PsyD - The Dr. is in 

PGSP Stanford Grad - The Dr is in
 

PsyD - Call Me Dr.

PGSP Stanford Grad - Yes you can call me dr 2020
 

 

 
Class of 2021 Zoom Backgrounds

Proud PAU Grad

Proud PAU Grad Class of 2021

PAU Grad - I did it!

Proud PAU Grad - I did it

 

PAU Newly Minted

Newly Minted PAU Graduate 2021 Zoom Background

Psychology Grad 

PAU Psychology Grad Zoom Background

Counseling Grad

PAU Counseling Grad 2021 Zoom Background

BS Business Psy Grad

PAU Business Psychology Grad 2021 Zoom Background 2

 

BS Social Action 

PAU Psychology & Social Action Grad Zoom Background

MS Psy Grad

PAU MS Psychology Grad Zoom Background

MA Counseling Grad

PAU MA Couselinng Grad Zoom Background

PhD Clinical Psy Grad

PAU PhD Clinical Psychology Grad Zoom Background

You Can Call Me Dr.

Yes, You can call me Dr Zoom Background

The Dr. is in!

PAU Grad - The Dr is in Zoom Background

PGSP-Stanford PsyD 

Proud PGSP Stanford Grad Zoom Background

PsyD - The Dr. is in 

PAU Grad - The Dr is in Zoom Background

PsyD - Call Me Dr.

PAU PGSP Stanford Grad - Yes you can call me Doctor Zoom Background

 

 

 

 
 

 

Join the Celebration!

Commencement Program
Ceremony Day Information

Watch via PAU's YouTube Channel. Commencement programs coming soon!

PAU YouTube Channel
Offer Your Congrats On These Online Greeting Boards Image
Post Congrats to Grads!

Post a note, photo or video offering your congratulations and encouragement to new grads on this online greetings board (Kudoboard).

Class of 2020 board Class of 2021 board