May 2021 Commencement Information

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About the Virtual Commencement 

While we wish we could celebrate our graduates with traditional ceremonies in St. Ignatius Church, our decision to host commencement virtually is based on community health and safety, local public health guidance, and the need to provide graduates with a timely decision to allow them to plan accordingly. USF’s decision aligns with other universities in San Francisco, including San Francisco State University, UC San Francisco, and UC Hastings. 

USF is committed to demonstrating its leadership as a good citizen by adhering to local public health regulations to quell the spread of COVID-19. Our decision takes into account San Francisco Department of Public Health restrictions on large events as well as local, state, and national travel and quarantine guidelines. With our graduates living across the country and around the world, the safest and most equitable choice is to celebrate together virtually.  

All graduates whose commencement ceremonies are virtual will be invited to a future in-person ceremony at a later time. 

Virtual Commencement Schedule - Friday, May 21st

The 162nd Commencement Ceremonies will be streamed virtually on USF's website,  YouTube, and Facebook

Schedule - (all times PST)

  • 7:30am - Commencement Mass
  • 9:00am - School of Nursing and Health Professions
  • 11:00am - School of Education
  • 1:00pm - College of Arts and Sciences
  • 3:00pm - School of Law
  • 5:00pm - School of Management

Additional information, including links to access the live stream of the ceremonies, will be posted on the Commencement Website.


Regalia has been SHIPPED (4/30/2021). Domestic orders will be delivered by May 10th.  

Regalia packages will include; cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Eligible undergraduate students receiving University Honors will also be sent an honors sash.

The custom Green USF Stole can be purchased through Josten's website and is NOT included with your regalia shipment. Allow 5+ weeks for shipping. 

*Please note that all other sashes, stoles, and cords distributed by other honor societies, organizations, affinity groups, and other programs will not be included in this package. Please contact those individual departments/programs directly for those items. 

Degrees and Diplomas

Spring 2021 degrees will be awarded by July 1st with diplomas arriving by August 1st for domestic deliveries and by October 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, May 28th. 

*International deliveries may arrive after the virtual ceremonies due to COVID-19 mailing restrictions and additional processing times at customs. 

Class Rings & Announcements

Virtual Commencement Toolkit

Download yard and window sign templates, Zoom backgrounds, Instagram frames through our Virtual Commencement Toolkit to celebrate your achievement.