Before Graduation

Authorization to Begin Closeout Form

All graduating students must receive an Authorization to Begin Closeout Process form from their Group Practice Leader (GPL). The authorization form is a checklist of items students must complete to clear from the school. Each student should return the form to the GPL, who will then inform the student when to pick up the closeout form from Robert Kim, Business Office, located in 4B22.

Each student must have completed the closeout process prior to commencement in order to receive a diploma.

Application to Participate in Commencement and Academic Regalia

Students will receive an email during Winter Quarter 2017 to complete a survey to participate in commencement and to order their regalia. There is no charge to students to rent the academic regalia (cap, gown, hood, and tassel). Regalia can be purchased for approximately $565 for DDS students, $286 for hygiene students.

Regalia Distribution

Location: Room 121 from Monday, June 5, to Friday, June 9, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. If you did not pick up your regalia on the distribution days, please come to the Office of Academic Affairs, in 4A14, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

On-Stage Hooding Requests

Students may invite their parents who are dentists or alumni of the Dugoni School of Dentistry to participate in their on-stage hooding as they walk the stage to receive their diploma. More information is forthcoming.

Commencement Seating

Each graduate receives his or her diploma alphabetically within the respective degree program. To ensure that candidates get the correct diploma and that the proper name is read, each candidate is assigned a specific seat.  Diagrams of the location and seating assignments:

Commencement Ceremony

Students should plan to arrive at least 1 hour before the start of the ceremony. The ceremony begins at 2:00 pm at The Masonic on 1111 California Street in San Francisco. The garage at the Masonic will charge $30 for parking. Please allow extra time to accommodate for extra traffic around the Masonic.

Commencement Weekend Events
Alumni/Graduate Banquet

Friday, June 16, 2017 
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Thanks a Bunch Brunch

Saturday, June 17, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
InterContinental hotel
888 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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OKU Convocation Dinner

Saturday, June 17, 2016
Note: by invitation only

Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, June 18, 2017, 2:00 pm
The Masonic
1111 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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