December 2022 Commencement Information

Congratulations Class of 2022

Commencement - December 16th 

The 164th Commencement Ceremonies will be held in-person at St. Ignatius Church 

All ceremonies will be streamed virtually on USF's website and YouTube

*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. 

Commencement schedule - Friday, December 16th

9:30 a.m. - Commencement Mass
Mass does not require tickets nor is it required to attend. Wearing a mask is optional for students and guests. 

12:00 p.m. - School of Nursing and Health Professions Ceremony
Honorary Degree Recipient and Commencement Address:
Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University and Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, University of California San Francisco.
Guest Tickets: 3 guest tickets per student. Wearing a mask is optional for students and guests. Overflow seating available in Cowell 106/107.

3:00 p.m. - School of Management Ceremony
Honorary Degree Recipient and Commencement Address:
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., Immediate Past President & CEO, TIAA
Guest Tickets: 3 guest tickets per student. Wearing a mask is optional for students and guests. Overflow seating available in Cowell 106/107.

6:00 p.m. - College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony
Honorary Degree Recipient and Commencement Address:
Dana King, Sculptor
Guest Tickets: 3 guest tickets per student. Wearing a mask is optional for students and guests. Overflow seating available in Cowell 106/107.

*Fall 2022 School of Education students will be invited to the Spring 2023 ceremony. 


Grad Finale Event Schedule - Regalia Pickup

Eligible graduating students will be sent an email to their USF account on November 1st inviting them to attend the Grad Finale (November 18 and 19) to pick up their academic regalia. Students do not have the option to have their regalia mailed, but can utilize the Proxy Form outlined below. 

Location: San Francisco Campus - Lone Mountain Main 100 (Handlery Room)
Friday - November 18, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday - November 19, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students may attend the Grad Finale event on either Friday or Saturday, this is a drop-in event not a full day event. These are the ONLY times you will be able to get your regalia before Commencement so please plan accordingly and/or utilize the Proxy Pickup Authorization Form

Please note that all School of Education students are only permitted to participate in the May 2023 ceremony and will be distributed their regalia during the April 2023 Grad Finale.  

*Photo ID and your signature will be required to obtain your academic regalia. If someone other than yourself is picking up your regalia, please provide them with the Proxy Pickup Authorization Form. This is the only acceptable document for picking up graduation items. Form must be printed, signed, and dated — no other forms or electronic signatures will be accepted.


During the Grad Finale, students will be able to:

  • Obtain their Academic Regalia - No Fee
    • Regalia will include; mortarboard cap, gown, hood, and tassel.
    • Eligible undergraduate students receiving University Honors will also be distributed an honors sash. Please note that Honor sashes will not be distributed after commencement to students who later became eligible for University Honors after final grades are submitted. However, the appropriate University Honors designation will be indicated on both the transcript and diploma.
    • Purchase a Green USF commemorative stole ($45 including tax), which can also be purchased online on Josten's websiteThere will be a very limited number available at the Grad Finale so we suggest coming early. 
    • Place an order for USF College Rings and Graduation Announcements


Students Unable to Attend the Grad Finale Event: 

Students who did not attend the Grad Finale event can pick-up their academic regalia during the times below.

Please note these are the ONLY times students will be able to receive their regalia post Grad Finale.

Location: Gleeson Library - Atrium 
Thursday - December 15, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday - December 16, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Guest Ticket Distribution Schedule - December 5th

Guest tickets are ELECTRONIC and will be sent to your USF email. 

Students will be sent their guest tickets starting on December 6th. At that time, students will be able to print and forward individual tickets to their guests. Students will also receive their parking pass, an information packet, and additional information about commencement. All guests above the age of 2 are required to have their own ticket.

NOTE: Guest tickets can ONLY be scanned ONCE. The first time the guest ticket is scanned will allow entry into St. Ignatius Church. All subsequent attempts to scan the same guest ticket will result in persons not being allowed into the church. NO EXCEPTIONS! 


Degrees and Diplomas

Fall 2022 degrees will be awarded by February 15, 2023 with diplomas arriving by April 1st for domestic deliveries and by June 1st for most international deliveries. 

Please confirm and/or update your diploma mailing address in your myUSF portal, under the Personal Information tab, no later than Friday, December 23rd to ensure a timely delivery of your diploma. 


Class Rings & Announcements

Order a USF Class Ring and Announcements on the USF Jostens Page.


Flowers and Leis

Pre-order from Commencement Flowers and/or pick up at a campus booth on December 16.