Commencement Ceremony 2023

(Updated 3/16/23)

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2023, 11:00 am
Location: George Rush Stadium (CCSF Football Field), Ocean Campus
Duration: 2 Hours

CCSF commencement ceremony on football field
Preparation for Commencement
  1. Visit the CCSF Graduation Information webpage for more details on how to apply for your degree. Once your degree is verified by the Graduation department, you will be eligible for the Commencement Ceremony. Students who have completed their degree in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 are eligible to participate. (Students who are within six units from completing their degrees and are registered to complete their remaining courses in Summer 2023 are also eligible.)

  2. RSVP for Commencement by May 8, 2023 (11:59 pm) at Commencement Ceremony RSVP Form. You will need to log into your MyRAM Portal to complete the form.

  3. Attend Grad Finale on Tuesday, April 18 or Wednesday, April 19 anytime between 9 am and 6 pm at the CCSF Bookstore, Ocean Campus. You only need to attend ONE of the days. No signup is required and you should plan to spend up to an hour to complete all activities. For any questions regarding Grad Finale, please email the CCSF Bookstore at

  4. Attend Commencement on Thursday, May 25 at 11 am at George M. Rush Stadium.

Regalia and other Commencement-related Details

What is Grad Finale? It’s the first of many celebrations of your achievement. You have the opportunity to view and purchase academic regalia packages, order personalized announcements, order personalized stoles, get your photo taken in cap & gown by a professional photographer, and shop for other gifts and memorabilia specific to the Class of 2023. The Bookstore is the official vendor for academic regalia packages. Students may purchase regalia at Grad Finale and through the remainder of the term during the Bookstore’s regular hours while supplies last. Registered Nursing Students should consult their class coordinator for RN specific information. Grad Finale will be held on Tuesday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 19 anytime between 9 am-6 pm at the CCSF Ocean Campus Bookstore. You only need to attend one day and no reservation is required.

Recognition Package: Graduates who attend Grad Finale receive a recognition package that includes their cap and tassel and other items, information about what to do on Commencement Day, and special messages and treats from the Bookstore and other campus departments.

Recognition packages are only available for pick-up at the Bookstore and cannot be shipped. You must attend in person.

Regalia: Associated Students will be providing a cap and tassel for Class of 2023 graduates. You will only need to purchase or otherwise acquire a black gown (except RN students) and any other accessories you want to wear to Commencement. A gown is available at the Bookstore for $33 plus tax and there will be packages available only at Grad Finale that let you bundle additional items for a savings. Regalia items may also be purchased individually on the Bookstore website.

Graduation Announcements: Announcements are NOT invitations to the ceremony, they are a formal way to announce to your family and friends that you have completed your degree and let them share in your success. Students may choose to purchase personalized announcements through Jostens. Please visit the Jostens website for more information about their products. Packages of 5 announcements and Custom Notecards are also available at the Bookstore.

Photography: You will have the opportunity to be photographed in cap & gown at Grad Finale by Grad Images. Please keep in mind your shirt collar will be visible under the gown as will the bottoms of your pants and your shoes, please plan accordingly. Students are encouraged to pre-register at Grad Images for additional savings. There is no charge to have your picture taken, you only pay for any prints purchased. Grad Images will also be taking photos at the Commencement Ceremony as you cross the stage.

Honors: CCSF recognizes your achievement and you graduate with honors when your cumulative GPA is 3.30 or better (as of Fall 2022). Students whose GPA meets this requirement are eligible to purchase a gold honors cord for $13 plus tax. Please be prepared to show your GPA via MyRAM portal to the cashier to prove eligibility to purchase. This same cord is also available to members of ABG and AGS. Students that successfully complete the Honors Program also have the option to purchase an honors program stole for $25 plus tax.

CCSF graduating students
CCSF students at graduation
CCSF students graduating
Students at CCSF graduation

City College of San Francisco is committed to offering an accessible, in-person commencement ceremony. If you have a specific accommodation, please email as soon as possible. You can also provide the accommodation needs of you and/or your guests when you complete the RSVP Form.

George Rush Stadium is an accessible event space. Rush Stadium’s main entrance for pedestrians is on Cloud Circle with access to ramps and reserved seating for those with limited mobility, wheelchairs, or scooters. Guests who are unable to walk long distances can be dropped off at this entrance.

Guests who display a valid California DMV Disabled Placard will be allowed to park in the A-Parking Lot located in front of the Conlan Building and park in the stalls located on Cloud Circle. Prior to entering Cloud Circle, guests will be asked to provide a valid DMV disabled placard.

ASL interpreters for guests will be available in front of section of the stadium. Please indicate on your RSVP form if your guests require seating near the interpreters.


Parking in the upper Reservoir lot ("MUB Parking Lot") on Frida Kahlo Way is free all day. Parking on campus is limited due to construction. Please plan to arrive early and consider public transportation if at all possible. Street parking may also be available.


Tickets will be emailed by mid-May to graduates who RSVPed for the Commencement Ceremony. Graduates can share their tickets with guests by email or they can be printed out. Guests should bring their ticket(s) to the event (either on mobile device or by printing). Graduates received the number of tickets that were requested (one ticket per each confirmed guest). All guests will require their own ticket except for young children sitting on laps.

  1. Face coverings/masks are recommended.

  2. Seats are available on a first-come first-served basis. 

List of items PROHIBITED on the premises during the event:

  • Alcohol 

  • Balloons

  • Canopies

  • Glass bottles

  • Horns

  • Ice coolers

  • Illegal substances

  • Large signs

  • Umbrellas

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