December 2020 Commencement Information

Grad Finale Event

Location: San Francisco Campus - Lone Mountain Main 100 (Handlery Room) 
Friday - November 20, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday - November 21, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All eligible students will receive an email invitation on November 2, 2020 to participate in the December 2020 Commencement Exercises.

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


Students will be able to:

This is the ONLY time you will be able to get your regalia before the day of Commencement

*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.

** 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.

***Students needing to change their Diploma Mailing Address must update it in their myUSF Portal or by emailing before December 18, 2020 in order to ensure timely and accurate shipping. 

Students Unable to Attend the Grad Finale Event:

Students who are unable to attend the Grad Finale event can pick-up their academic regalia during the times below.

Please note this is the ONLY time students will be able to receive their regalia post Grad Finale.

Location: Gleeson Library - Atrium 
Thursday - December 10, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday - December 11, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guest Ticket Distribution Schedule - Tuesday December 1st

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

In early November students will be emailed instructions on how to retrieve their guest tickets starting on December 1st. At that time, you will be able to forward individual tickets to your guests. You will also be able to retrieve your parking pass, information packet, and additional information about commencement. 

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! Persons with copies of a previously scanned guest ticket will be directed to overflow locations to view live-streaming of the commencement ceremony. 

December 2020 Commencement Schedule

Ceremonies take place in St. Ignatius Church located at 650 Parker Avenue, S.F., adjacent to the University of San Francisco, at the corner of Parker Avenue and Fulton Street. Doors open 45 minutes prior to each ceremony. Each ceremony lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Tickets are required to enter. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Friday, December 11, 2020

9:30 a.m. - Commencement Mass
Homilist: Rev. Christopher Calderón, S.J.
Guest Tickets: Not Required

12:00 p.m. - College of Arts and Sciences
Commencement Speaker: TBD
4 (four) guest tickets per student
Reception: 1:30 p.m. - McLaren Complex 250-252

3:00 p.m. - School of Nursing and Health Professions
Commencement Speaker: TBD
4 (four) guest tickets per student
Reception: 4:30 p.m. - McLaren Complex 250-252

3:00 p.m. - ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
Commissioning Speaker: TBD
Location: TBD
Guest Tickets: Not Required

6:00 p.m. - School of Management 
Commencement Speaker: TBD
4 (four) guest tickets per student
Reception: 7:30 p.m. - McLaren Complex 250-252

Frequently Asked Questions?  

More questions, please call the Graduation Center - (415) 422-3756 or email