Faculty

May 2024 Commencement Faculty Registration


To prepare for the May 2024 Commencement Ceremonies, we need to know whether you will attend. Your presence or absence affects the number of seats to reserve, participation in the platform party, and the amount of rental regalia to order. Please respond by March 22, 2024.

*We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 with our partners at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and will make any necessary changes if required to do so. Currently wearing a mask is optional for students and guests and is subject to change. 

Please complete the May 2024 Commencement Attendance form.

may 2024 Commencement Schedule

Thursday, May 16, 2024
  3:00 p.m.  Commencement Mass
  6:00 p.m.  School of Education
 
Friday, May 17, 2024
  9:00 a.m.  School of Management Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
12:00 p.m.  School of Management Professional Bachelor's Degree Students and Graduate
  3:00 p.m.  School of Law
   6:00 p.m. School of Nursing and Health Professions
 
Saturday, May 18, 2024
  9:00 a.m.  College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Humanities and Sciences*
 12:00 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Arts and Social Sciences*
   3:00 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences Graduate

* College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate ceremonies by major

All ceremonies will take place in Saint Ignatius Church.

ACADEMIC REGALIA DISTRIBUTION 

Trustees and Commencement Speakers: 
Regalia will be ready for you in the assembly room, Maier Hall (located within Fromm Hall).

University Leadership, Associate & Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, University Administrators, Faculty, Staff Administrators, and Librarians: Distribution of rental regalia will be available as indicated below for those who requested it, and for those who did not RSVP by March 22, 2024 extra rental regalia will also be available.

Henry Berman Hall (located within Fromm Hall) at the following dates and times:

  • Thursday - May 16, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday - May 17, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - May 18, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NOTE: There is no charge for rental regalia as long as it is returned. Early pick-up is encouraged so that you may unpack and hang your regalia to reduce wrinkles. It is your responsibility to RETURN RENTAL REGALIA TO HENRY BERMAN HALL immediately following your last commencement commitment. All rental regalia will be returned to the vendor immediately following the conclusion of the Saturday 3:00 p.m. ceremony at approximately 4:30 p.m.

THE COMMENCEMENT MASS – WHERE TO ASSEMBLE 

The Commencement Mass is an opportunity for the University Community to gather in prayer and a time for us to pray for and with our students. All members of the University Community are most welcome to attend this special celebration.


Platform Party (Trustees, Leadership Team, Speakers, and Alumni Representatives): Please assemble in Maier Hall (located within Fromm Hall) at least one-half hour prior to the mass, wearing your academic regalia.

Associate & Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, University Administrators, Faculty, Librarians, and Staff Administrators: Please assemble in Commons Court (located within Fromm Hall) at least one-half hour prior to the mass, wearing your academic regalia

Celebrants: Those ordained members of the faculty and staff who are planning on celebrating at the commencement liturgy will gather in the sacristy of Saint Ignatius Church at 8:30 a.m. If you would like to celebrate, please inform University Ministry by signing up on the Jesuit Community bulletin board in Loyola House or by contacting University Ministry at (415) 422-4463. 

Academic Procession and General Instructions: The Commencement procession will begin from Fromm Hall fifteen minutes prior to the ceremony. The Faculty, Librarians, University Administrators, Department Chairs, Associate and Assistant Deans march into the church first followed by the Platform Party.  Please follow the directions of the University Marshals.

Please remain standing during the liturgical procession, the processional hymn, and the opening prayer. Gentlemen, please remove your cap when entering the pew in which you will be seated. At the close of the Mass, the liturgical members will leave first, and then there will be a formal academic recessional that will lead you back to Fromm Hall.

Questions?

Please call University Ministry at (415) 422-4463 should you have questions regarding the Commencement Mass. 

THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES – WHERE TO ASSEMBLE 

Platform Party (Trustees, Leadership Team, Speakers, and Alumni Representatives): Please assemble in Maier Hall (located within Fromm Hall) at least one-half hour prior to the ceremony. 

Associate & Assistant Deans and Department Chairs: Please assemble in Commons Court (located in Fromm Hall) at least one-half hour prior to the ceremony. 

Faculty, Librarians, and University Administrators: Please assemble in Henry Berman Hall (located in Fromm Hall) at least one-half hour prior to the ceremony. 

Academic Procession and General Instructions: The Commencement procession will begin from the Gleeson Library’s Atrium (students line up here) fifteen minutes prior to the ceremony. Graduating students march into the church first, followed by the Faculty, Librarians, University Administrators, Department Chairs, Associate & Assistant Deans, and finally the Platform Party (lined up in Fromm Hall). Please follow the directions of the University Marshals. 

Platform Party members will have their last name on their chairs. Upon arriving in the Sanctuary, remain standing until after the Invocation. Gentlemen, please remove your caps for the National Anthem, Invocation, and Benediction. 

Remember to return your rental regalia to the Henry Berman Hall (located within Fromm Hall) immediately following your last commencement commitment.  All rental regalia will be returned to the vendor immediately following the last ceremony on May 18, 2024.

Questions?

Email Kevin Wilson in the Registrar’s Office at wilson@usfca.edu regarding graduation ceremonies.