2019 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 18 | 1pm
Chestnut Street Campus
Important Info + Action Items
Please read this information carefully, and check back often for updates.
Submit Your 2019 Commencement Reply Card
All degree candidates are required to complete the 2019 Commencement Reply Card no later than Tuesday, March 26. Those who do not complete the form in time will forefeit their space at the Commencement Ceremony for themselves and their family/friends. This is the most important step to take in order to participate in the commencement ceremony and to be included in the program, so please do not delay! The reply card takes just a moment to complete. If you need to make changes to a reply card that you have already submitted, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE this is separate from the Petition to Graduate, which must be completed with the Registrar's Office.
Nominate Yourself or a Fellow Student as Commencement Speaker
Nominations Due Tuesday, March 26 | 5pm
Submit a Speaker Nomination Form to nominate one undergraduate and one graduate student to speak at the Commencement Ceremony.
Draft Speeches Due Friday, April 12 | 5pm
Nominees will be contacted with more information regarding this step.
Attend an Information Session
Plan to attend one of the following information sessions for details on the ceremony, procession, and reception. We will also answer any questions you might have regarding graduation, exhibitions, and the Honors and Awards Ceremony.
Tuesday, April 9th from 12pm - 1pm in the Osher Lecture Hall
Thursday, April 11th from 12pm - 1pm in Seminar Room 2 - Fort Mason
Submit a Commencement Mural Wall Proposal.
Proposals Due Friday, April 12
The 2019 Commencement Mural Wall offers an opportunity to convey the emotion and celebratory nature of the day for graduating students, their family, and friends, faculty, and staff. A successful proposal will combine an innovative design with careful consideration of the spirit of the event.
Proposals will be considered from any current SFAI student or group of students, but priority will be given to graduating students. A small stipend will be provided to the successful applicant(s) to purchase supplies.
Submit a Mural Wall Proposal Form to the Student Affairs Office.
Hotel Deal Information
SFAI has a discounted rate for Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf, just down the street from the Chestnut Campus.
Rooms are available from May 16th on, and can be booked by calling 1.888.501.7757. Make sure the SFAI rate is asked for upon booking.
Save the Date for the Academic Honors + Awards Ceremony
Friday, May 10 | 1 pm
The annual Academic Honors and Awards ceremony will be held in the 800 Chestnut Street Lecture Hall. Award recipients will be notified by email in April, but all are welcome to attend.
Day of Commencement Details (Arrive On Time!)
All graduates must check in no later than 12pm. Please note that service animals are the only animals allowed on the premises at the 800 Chestnut Street campus.
Students will receive a commemorative scroll on commencement day and the official diploma will be mailed to you at the end of the summer. Please be sure to submit your permanent mailing address to the Office of Registration and Records.
There is 2-hour parking available adjacent to the Chestnut Street Campus though parking here will require you to move your car during the ceremony, and is not suggested.
Guests are encouraged to park at one of the following locations:
For free parking, we suggest you park at the Marina Green near Fort Mason, and hail an Uber or Lyft to be dropped off at 800 Chestnut Street.