Commencement Ceremony 2023

(Updated 5/22/23)

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. ϲʹs who have completed their degree in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 are eligible to participate. (ϲʹs 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 Commencementat Commencement Ceremony- Deadline has passed.

  3. Order your cap and gown from the CCSF Bookstore. You can visit anytime or order online, please email the ccsf@bkstr.comwith any questions.

  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. ϲʹs may purchase regalia at Grad Finale and through the remainder of the term during the Bookstore’s regular hours while supplies last. Registered Nursing ϲʹs 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 ϲʹs 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 .

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. ϲʹs may choose to purchase personalized announcements through Jostens. Please visit the 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. ϲʹs are encouraged to pre-register at 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). ϲʹs 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. ϲʹs 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
ϲʹs at CCSF graduation
Accommodations

ϲʹ is committed to offering an accessible, in-person commencement ceremony. If you have a specific accommodation, please email commencementceremony@ccsf.edu as soon as possible. You can also provide the accommodation needs of you and/or your guests when you complete the .

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.

CCSF Graduation Parking Map

ADA Track Access and ADA Seating Areas

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

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

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:

  • dzDZ

  • Balloons

  • Canopies

  • Glass bottles

  • Horns

  • Ice coolers

  • Illegal substances

  • Large signs

  • Umbrellas

Commencement FAQs

Graduation Regalia and Photos

Q: Where can I order my cap and gown/graduation regalia?
A: You can get your graduation regalia/recognition package from the CCSF Bookstore or you can order from them online. The cap and tassel are provided free of charge by Associated ϲʹs. The gown can be purchased for $31 plus tax.

Q: What if I missed the April 18th & 19th Grad Finale? Is it too late to order my cap and gown?
A: No problem! You can stop by the Ocean Campus Bookstore during their business hours or you can order from their website.

Q: How can I obtain my cap and gown if I am out of state/not physically present?
A: Your gown can be ordered on the Bookstore website- and will be delivered to your home.

Q: Can I still receive my graduation regalia but not attend graduation?
A: Recognition packages (free cap and tassel) are reserved for students who will be participating in the ceremony. If you are not planning to attend graduation, you may still purchase regalia on the Bookstore website.

Q: Do we need a ϲʹ ID Card to pick up graduation regalia/attend graduation?
A: ϲʹ ID is preferred but the Bookstore can accept another photo ID to cross-check.

Q: Where can I pick up my regalia if I cannot make it to the Grad Finale?
A: If you’re unable to attend Grad Finale, you can pick up your regalia during regular Bookstore hours. Please see the Bookstore website for store hours.

Q: When is the last day to pick up my cap and gown?
A: The last day to pick up graduation regalia will be Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

Q: Are we allowed to decorate our graduation caps? Are we allowed to wear our own stoles instead of the ones from CCSF?
A: Yes, you are allowed to decorate your graduation cap, as long as it is appropriate. Yes, you are allowed to wear your own appropriate stoles instead of the ones from CCSF.

Q: Are there options to take family photos at the Grad Finale?
A: Grad Images does not take group/family photos at the Grad Finale.

Graduation Eligibility and Diploma

Q: What are the petition deadlines and timeline?
Please refer to our graduation website for the petition deadlines and timeline: Graduation Information

Q: For students who have already submitted ADT graduation petitions this semester and they were pre-approved by Admissions & Records, can they attend commencement?
A: Yes, all pre-approved petitions this semester can attend the commencement.

Q: How do I get graduation approval if I am graduating early (before finishing last few units)?
A: If you are 6 or fewer units shy of graduation and planning to enroll in summer 2023 courses, you will need to upload supporting documents (a copy of your summer 2023 Graduation Petition signed by a counselor and a screenshot of your summer 2023 schedule) to the Commencement RSVP form.

Q: Where do I check if I am graduating with honors or not?
A: To check if you are graduating with honors, high honors, or highest honors, please check your unofficial transcript in your Portal after degrees are posted. Please refer to our graduation website for the petition deadlines and timeline: Graduation Information

Q: How do I know if my degree/graduation is verified?
A: Please contact commencementceremony@ccsf.edu.

Q: What is the process to submit a late petition to graduate?
A: If a late petition is pre-approved and you would like to participate in the Commencement, we evaluate this on a case-by-case basis based on extenuating circumstances and whether we still have available seats at the Commencement.

Q: Can I get my degree and diploma even if I did not register for and will not attend commencement?
A: Yes, you can still get your degree and diploma even if you did not register for or will not attend commencement.


Commencement Ceremony

Q: Where and when will commencement be held this year?
A: It will be held at the George Rush Stadium (on the CCSF Ocean Campus) on May 25, 2023, at 11 am.

Q: I have questions regarding ADA seating/ADA access during commencement – where will I be sitting, when and where can I sign up, where do I park/get dropped off, etc.?
A: ADA seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. There will be ushers who will be assisting you with the lower-level seating and providing guidance as well. For ADA drop-off and parking, please refer to the (Commencement Website).
George Rush Stadium is an accessible event space. Rush Stadium’s main entrance for all guests 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.
We will have reserved seating for all guests who are unable to take stairs.
More details to come later on the Commencement Website

Q: How can a staff volunteer for commencement?
A: There will be a staff volunteer sign-up form that will be on the Commencement Website for you to register.

Q: Are certificate programs included in commencement or just degree programs?
A: Certificates are not included in commencement, only degree programs.

Q: Will there be a mention in the graduation program stating that graduates are members of any organization?
A: Yes, there will be a special section in the printed and digital graduation program for special organizations/memberships/societies with students' names.

Q: How can we receive the commencement program if we are unable to attend?
A: A digital version of the Commencement program will be available on the website to print.

Q: Can I remove my name from commencement?
A: Yes, please contact our email commencementceremony@ccsf.edu to let us know if you would like to remove your name for any reason.

Q: Is parking free the day of commencement?
A: Yes, parking will be free the day of commencement.

Q: Will degrees be announced during the ceremony?
A: The degrees are not announced during the ceremony, only names of the graduates.

Q: Are CCSF students allowed to volunteer in the Commencement Ceremony or is it only for staff?
A: Anyone can volunteer

RSVP Form

Q: What is the RSVP form deadline?
A: May 8, 2023, 11:59 pm

Q: What are the next steps after the RSVP form?
A: Once your RSVP Form has been submitted, you will be receiving further information about the details of the event via your student email at a later time once it is finalized.

Q: Can I submit an RSVP form late? Can I be included in commencement even after the deadline to register?
A: No, once the RSVP Form is past due, you can no longer be included in Commencement. Please submit the form on time. Late petitions will only be evaluated due to extenuating circumstances and on a case-by-case basis.


Tickets

Q: How do I get tickets for family members to attend commencement?
A: You will indicate how many tickets (up to 10) you will be needing on your RSVP Form.

Q: How will I be receiving the graduation tickets?
A: They will be emailed to your student email.

Q: How many family members can come to commencement? Can I get more tickets?
A: Due to fire hazards and safety guidelines, each graduate is limited to 10 tickets. Additional tickets may be requested at a later time based on availability of seats.

Q: Do family members have to have the physical ticket to attend commencement? Can it be a screenshot/photo if I am unable to give them the physical ticket beforehand?
A: They can be pictures or screenshots, as long as we are able to scan the barcodes on the tickets for entry.

Q: I am an employee that wants to attend commencement, how do I get a ticket?
A: There will be a separate form that Employees may fill out to obtain tickets.

Q: Are people able to get or buy tickets at the door?
A: No, tickets must be issued to you ahead of time. In the RSVP form, you will indicate how many tickets you will be needing (up to 10). Additional tickets may be issued to you based on availability.

Q: When will I be receiving the tickets?
A: Tickets will start getting issued after May 10, 2023.