Welcome Graduates!

On behalf of the entire college community, it is our pleasure to extend our heartfelt congratulations and invite you to the City College of San Francisco’s 82nd Annual Commencement Exercises. We hope this celebration of your academic achievement will become a wonderful memory that you will cherish for years to come.To ensure that the Commencement Exercises are an enjoyable experience for everyone, please carefully review this communication and relay this important information to those family members, friends, and colleagues whom you invite to your ceremony.     Commencement is a significant occasion in the life of any student; one we hope is enhanced by the presence of family and friends. Your knowledge, understanding, and cooperation with all the enclosed instructions are imperative to ensure an enjoyable and memorable ceremony for everyone.
Please remember that attending the Commencement Ceremony is not equivalent to degree completion. If, after reading this newsletter you still have questions, please contact us.Once again, our congratulations and best wishes for your continued success!


Sincerely,
Rita Tuialu’ulu’u | Commencement Coordinator

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Annnual Ceremony


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.             

 

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 26, 2017


 11:45 AM - Gates open for people with disabilities and ONE companion.
 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 this Newsletter.

 

Graduate Participation

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.

Click here to view commencement informationin the College Catalog on page 53.

 

Graduate Registration

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.

To register:
 1) Log on to your WEB4 account.
2) Click on Student Services.
 3) Select “Commencement Ceremony Registration” and follow the prompts.
* Note: Ceremony registration is a separate process from petitioning for the AA/AS/ADT Degree.

 

Commencement Program

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 following information:

  • 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 stage.

 

Graduating with Honors

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.

 

Student Speaker

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 his/her peers.
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:

 

The application deadline is February 3, 2017.  Eligible candidates will be contacted shortly after by the Commencement Coordinator.

 

 

Graduate Cap & Gown Information

Purchasing


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 Commencement Package.

 

Borrowing


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:

  1. Maximum of one loan per student.                  
  2.  2.  All participants must be current CCSF students receiving an AA/AS/ADT degree and have a current student ID.                                                                
  3. 3.  All participants must purchase the  “Essentials” Package from the CCSF Bookstore, Ocean Campus to accompany their Cap & Gown Loan.                                                          
  4. 4.  All participants must agree to purchase/replace any lost or damaged items; otherwise, a hold will be placed on the students’ account.

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:

 

 

Grad Finale for Graduates

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 
       

Ticket Information
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 8th, 2017.


Commencement Announcements
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.


Commencement Photography
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.


More Information...
- 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 Finale!
Honor Cords available for purchase at Grad Finale for qualifying students.

 

Etiquette Guide

ALL PERSONS IN ATTENDANCE SHALL ABIDE BY SPECIFIC DECORUM REGULATIONS  PUT IN PLACE FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT AS FOLLOWS:


Graduates  
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.


Guests
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 animals.


 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.

 

Parking
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.

 

Directions

  • 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 Ave.

 

 

For more information and frequently asked questions please refer to the Commencement Circulars in the right side column above.