December 2019 Commencement Information


Grad Finale Event

Location: San Francisco Campus - Lone Mountain Main 100 (Handlery Room) 
Friday - November 22, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday - November 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All eligible students will receive an email invitation on October 28, 2019 to participate in the December 2019 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.

***Students needing to change their Diploma Mailing Address must update it in their myUSF Portal or by emailing before December 20, 2019 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 12, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday - December 13, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guest Ticket Distribution Schedule - Monday December 2nd

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 2nd. 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 2019 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 except for the ROTC Commissioning which is in the USF Presidio Building, located at Crissy Field, 920 Mason St, San Francisco. 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 13, 2019

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

12:00 p.m. - School of Nursing and Health Professions Ceremony 
Commencement Speaker: Evan Kletter, Ph.D., USF Alumnus and Trustee
4 (four) guest tickets per student
Reception: 1:30 p.m. - McLaren Complex 250-252

3:00 p.m. - School of Education & School of Management Ceremony
Honorary Degree Recipient and Commencement Speaker: Sheryl Evans Davis, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
4 (four) guest tickets per student
Reception: 4:30 p.m. - McLaren Complex 250-252

3:00 p.m. - ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
Commissioning Speaker: LTC Edward Kim, Chair and Professor, USF Military Science Department
Location: USF Presidio Building, 920 Old Mason St, San Francisco
Guest Tickets: Not Required

6:00 p.m. - College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony
Commencement Speaker: Rev. Christopher A. Calderón, S. J., ’05, Theology Faculty and Director of Community Outreach, Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon
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