The Office of Student Affairs & Wellness, as well as the
CCSF Commencement Committee, work hard every year to make the
Commencement Ceremony one that commencement candidates and their
families will take pride in. The ceremony takes place once a year, at
the end of the academic year in May. This year’s ceremony is scheduled
to be on:
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1:00PM.
Graduates from the previous Summer, Fall, & current Spring
semesters are all welcome to register and participate. Rain or shine,
this event is held in George M. Rush stadium on our Ocean Campus.
Every year, approximately 600 students receiving their Associate
Degrees in Arts and/or Sciences proudly wear their caps and gowns and
cross the commencement stage.
Commencement is a wonderful time
at CCSF and a very rewarding experience for not only our students, but
those of us who work here at the college as well.
Friday, May 26, 2017
11:45 AM - Gates open for people with disabilities and ONE
12:00 PM - Gates open for all guests.
1:00 PM - Ceremony begins.
All ceremonies take place in the George M. Rush Stadium
on the Ocean Campus located at 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA
94112. Doors open to all guests 60 minutes prior to the start of the
ceremony. The ceremony lasts approximately 120 minutes. Guest seating
is on a first-come, first-served basis. A campus map and
parking/driving instructions to CCSF are located on the last page of
A student may be graduated from City College of San Francisco with
the degree of Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) by
satisfying the requirements established by the Board of Governors of
the California Community Colleges, the Governing Board of the San
Francisco Community College District, and the faculty of the College.
Students seeking the Associate in Arts Degree, Associate in Science
Degree, and/or the A.A.-Transfer Degree must complete and submit a
Petition for Graduation Form to the Office of Admissions and Records
on or before the designated deadline. Students should not petition for
the Associate Degree until all the requirements are met or are about
to be satisfactorily completed in the current school term.Students are
requested to review the completion of all requirements with their
counselor or advisor prior to submitting the Petition for Graduation
Form to the office of Admissions and Records.
Registering for Commencement
Commencement registration is available online starting
Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
In order to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, all
graduates must be registered NO later than
Friday, March 24, 2017.
1) Log on to your
2) Click on Student Services.
“Commencement Ceremony Registration” and follow the prompts.
Note: Ceremony registration is a separate process from petitioning for
the AA/AS/ADT Degree.
We make every effort to ensure that all graduating students who
register before the designated deadline are listed in the Commencement
program. If you do not register for the Commencement Ceremony before
the deadline, your name will NOT be listed in the Commencement
program. We have a printing approval deadline that will preclude
inclusion of late registrants.However, please be aware of the
- If at any time you have requested privacy protection for your
academic records, your name cannot be published in the program by
law unless you have indicated on your commencement registration form
that you desire your name to be included in the program.
- Although your name might not be included in the printed program,
you will still be individually recognized by name as you cross the
Students who have maintained a grade point average between 3.30 and
3.49, inclusive, will be graduated with honors. Those who have
maintained a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.74, inclusive,
will be graduated with High Honors. Those who have maintained a grade
point average between 3.75 or higher will be graduated with Highest
Honors. In determining whether students will qualify for honors at
graduation, the Office of Admissions and Records does not count units,
grades, or grade points they earned in physical education. If a
student graduates with honors, a notation will be placed on the
student’s unofficial/official transcript. Students with transferable
units from another accredited college or university will have the
grade point units earned count toward graduation with Honors. Such
students, however, will not be granted Higher Honors than those earned
at City College of San Francisco. Students should arrange to have
transcripts from other colleges or universities sent to the Office of
Admissions and Records in order to have transferable units counted
toward graduation with Honors.
Each year, one student among the graduating class receives the honor
of being chosen as the Student Speaker. The student speaker presents
his or her speech at the Commencement Ceremony in front of all of
If you are receiving an AA/AS/ADT Degree at this
year’s Commencement, are graduating with honors, and are interested in
becoming the next student speaker, please apply here:
Student Speaker Application (click here)
The application deadline is
February 3, 2017. Eligible candidates will be contacted
shortly after by the Commencement Coordinator.
Commencement Packages as well as other commencement related
items are available for purchase at the CCSF Bookstore, Ocean Campus.
They have everything you need to get ready for Commencement!
After registering for Commencement, you may pre-order your
Commencement Package online at
ccsfshop.com beginning Monday,
January 17, 2017 through Friday, March 24, 2017 .
Keep in mind that you must register before being able to purchase any
The Cap and Gown Loan Program was founded in Spring 2008. The
mission in creating the program is to loan caps & gowns to
graduating students with financial need. Program requirements are as follows:
- Maximum of one loan per student.
- 2. All participants must be current CCSF students receiving an
AA/AS/ADT degree and have a current student
- 3. All participants must purchase the “Essentials” Package
from the CCSF Bookstore, Ocean Campus to accompany their Cap &
- 4. All participants must agree to purchase/replace any lost
or damaged items; otherwise, a hold will be placed on the students’
Students in the following programs: -EOPS, Child Development, &
Calworks have additional options available to them. Check in with your
program coordinator before placing any orders. Applications will be
available on a first come, first served basis, beginning on
January 17, 2017 at the following link:
Cap & Gown Loan Application (click here)
All pre-ordered Commencement Packages and Cap & Gown Loan
Packages shall be available for pick up by graduates at the Grad
Finale Event. Have your picture taken, order personalized
announcements, class rings and more!
When:Wednesday April 26, 2017 from 10:00am-4:00pm
Where:Ocean Campus Bookstore
Due to the size of your graduating class
and the number of seats available, candidates will each be issued
seven guest tickets for admission of family members and friends.
Children under two years of age do NOT need tickets. If extra tickets
are available, they will be distributed on a first come, first served
basis at the Commencement Office, Conlan Hall, E106 on Monday, May
Information on how to purchase
personalized graduation announcements is available online at
ccsfshop.com. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery of personalized announcements.
Professional photographers will
be on site the day of the ceremony. Information on how to purchase
commencement photograph packages will be available at the Grad Finale.
- Flowers/Leis? Flowers and leis will
be sold on campus the day of the ceremony.
Class Rings? Order
information is available at www.ccsfshop.com, and at the Grad
Honor Cords available for purchase at Grad Finale for
ALL PERSONS IN ATTENDANCE SHALL ABIDE BY
SPECIFIC DECORUM REGULATIONS PUT IN PLACE FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT AS FOLLOWS:
Graduates must arrive on time. If you arrive
late, you will have to wait until the appropriate time before you are
escorted to your seat by a commencement marshal. Graduates will be
properly attired in their Cap & Gown. Gowns are to remain zipped
up and closed throughout the duration of the ceremony. Graduates are
to check in upon arrival and should remain in the designated graduate
staging area until the ceremony concludes. Graduates are NOT allowed
to have any personal belongings with them during the ceremony. This
includes, purses, bags, wardrobe of any kind, etc. Cellphone use once
the ceremony begins is prohibited. Graduates are not allowed to carry
personal signs/banners of any kind during the ceremony.Graduates will
be ushered off the field once the ceremony has concluded. There will
be no gathering allowed on the field or in parking lots as this is a
safety hazard. Disrespecting others or intentional disruption of the
Commencement Ceremony in any way shall not be tolerated.
Guest seating is general admission. Any late
guests should quietly take their seats so as to not disrupt the
ceremony.Guests with small children, or a need to get up frequently
during the ceremony, may consider sitting in an easily accessible area
near the top of the stadium so as not to disrupt the ceremony. Guests
are not allowed to block or stand in the aisle. It is a hazard and
disruptive to other guests. Guests should refrain from disruptive
phone usage during the ceremony. There is no outside food or drink
allowed and there are no pets allowed of any kind, except service
IF YOU ARE IN VIOLATION OF THE EXPECTED
CODE OF CONDUCT AND/OR REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUESTS OF COLLEGE
OFFICIALS, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE CEREMONY AND YOU WILL BE
ESCORTED OUT OF THE STADIUM BY THE CCSF CAMPUS POLICE.YOU WILL NOT BE
ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THE COMMENCEMENT AREA OR TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
REST OF THE CEREMONY. FOR THE SECURED ENJOYMENT OF ALL PARTIES, THERE
IS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY ON COMMENCEMENT DAY CONDUCT.
THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATING WITH US TO ENSURE A
SUCCESSFUL AND MEMORABLE COMMENCEMENT DAY FOR ALL WHO ATTEND.
Access, Parking, & Directions
Commencement Candidates or Guests with Disabilities
If you are
a person with a disability who needs reasonable accommodations for
this event, please contact the Office of Student Affairs &
Wellness at (415) 239-3211 at least 15 days in advance of the
ceremony. Please know that some accommodations (e.g. sign language
interpretation) have already been arranged. The main entrance to the
stadium is wheelchair-accessible and parking for people with
disabilities is available on Cloud circle as well as in all parking
lots. The stadium gates will open to people with disabilities and ONE
companion 75 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. If any of your
guests are physically unable to stand in line and require a seat
immediately, please have them identify themselves to any commencement
crew member at the stadium entrance. Our special accommodations
representatives will be on site to assist with any additional needs.
There is limited parking on the C.C.S.F. campus.
Car-pooling and public transportation are recommended. The parking
lots labeled “Graduate/Guest Parking” on the next page are available
for the day of the ceremony. Parking for people with disabilities is
available on Cloud Circle as well as in all parking lots. If you have
special parking needs, please call the Campus Police office at (415) 239-3200.
- North Bay: Merge onto US-101 S/CA-1 S toward San Francisco
(Portions toll) (Electronic toll collection only). Merge onto CA-1 S
toward 19th Ave/Golden Gate Park. Turn left onto Sloat Blvd. Turn
right onto Junipero Serra Blvd.Turn left onto Ocean Ave. Turn left
onto Phelan Ave.
- East Bay: Merge onto I-80 W toward San
Francisco (Portions toll).I-80 W becomes US-101 S. Merge onto I-280
S toward Daly City. Take the Ocean Ave/Geneva Ave exit. Keep right
to take the Ocean Ave ramp. Turn slight right onto Ocean Ave. Turn
right onto Phelan Ave.
- South Bay: Merge onto US-101 N
toward San Francisco. Merge onto I-280 S toward Daly City. Take the
Ocean Ave/Geneva Ave exit. Keep right to take the Ocean Ave
ramp.Turn slight right onto Ocean Ave. Turn right onto Phelan