Following the first commencement in 1858, alumni would gather on the Pacific campus in Santa Clara and San Jose every year in June to celebrate the achievements of that year's graduates. Returning alumni looked forward to gleaning words of wisdom from the commencement speaker (often the University president), talking with faculty and administrators, and generally celebrating everything Pacific.
In June 1873, alumni organized themselves into a formal organization known as the Pacific Alumni Association and elected Annis Merrill, Class of 1861, as the Association Secretary. Alumni carried the Pacific tradition of holding reunions in June into the 1900s.
Now, nearly 140 years after the founding of the Association, the tradition of alumni gathering to celebrate Pacific continues stronger than ever. For more information about upcoming reunions click here.
Who We Are
The Pacific Alumni Association is engaged in creating and promoting opportunities for alumni to be actively involved with the entire University community and its students and faculty. The Association is supported by eight staff members and guided by a 30-member alumni board of directors who represent all 56,000 Pacific alumni.
The Pacific Alumni Association is a non-dues based organization and every student who attended Pacific for at least one year (24 credit hours) and left in good standing is considered a member.
All alumni are invited to participate on Association committees, attend alumni events and help support the Association as reunion volunteers, classroom speakers, student mentors or regional club leaders. For more information about getting involved with the Association, email firstname.lastname@example.org.