Day of Commencement

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony will be held at Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market Street, San Francisco, on Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 pm. Students line-up will be at 1:30 pm.  Students should start arriving at 1:15 pm. (Seating charts for students can be found on the Before Graduation page.)


With so many family and friends attending the Commencement ceremony, be sure to arrive early. Parking is available at nearby garages. Visit Map, Directions & Parking for more information. Public transit is highly recommended.

Hooding Procedure

Hooders have an assigned seat near the stage for easy stage access. When you arrive at Orpheum Theatre, please let an usher know and he/she will show you to your seat in the hooder section.

Please note you will not be able to sit with the rest of your family. Your spouse/guests should find any unreserved seats available. Please arrive no later than 1:30 pm to receive the proper instructions with regards to the hooding process. Dress for hooders is business attire.

Please make arrangements to meet other guests following the ceremony in the main lobby or outside. Trying to meet in other areas is difficult as it will be very crowded.

If you have any questions regarding the ceremony, please feel free to contact the Dean's Office at 415.929.6425.

Return of Academic Regalia

Academic regalia (except the cap and tassel) must be returned to the designated collection point at the front of the theatre before 5:00 pm on Commencement day. Failure to return the regalia will result in a charge to the student's account.

For more information, please visit the Graduation FAQ page.