2019 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 18 | 2pm

Chestnut Street Campus

Submit Your 2018 Commencement Reply Card

Due Tuesday, March 20 | 5pm

All degree candidates are required to complete the 2018 Commencement Reply Card no later than Tuesday, March 20. 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 Galen Crawford.

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 20 | 5pm

Submit a Speaker Nomination Form to the Student Affairs Office or by email to Galen Crawford. The nomination form is a fillable PDF if opened in Adobe Acrobat.

One undergraduate and one graduate student will be selected.

Draft Speeches Due Friday, April 6 | 5pm

Nominees will be contacted with more information regarding this step.

Attend an Information Session

Please 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.

Thursday, April 5 | 12–1pm
Fort Mason Seminar Room 2

Friday, April 6 | 12–1 pm
800 Chestnut Street Lecture Hall

Submit a Commencement Mural Wall Proposal.

Proposals Due Friday, April 6

The 2018 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.

Register to Receive Photos from the Ceremony

A photographer will be on site to photograph graduates as they receive their commemorative scroll on stage. Proofs will be sent to the address noted on your Reply Card. Students are not obligated to purchase photos.

Visit the GradImages website to set up your profile. You can enter contact information for loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos. By submitting your information to GradImages early, you can rest assured that photo samples will be quickly and conveniently provided to you and all others registered as soon as they are available after the event.

Save the Date for the Academic Honors + Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 4 | 4 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. A reception will follow in the SFAI Courtyard.

Day of Commencement Details (Arrive On Time!)

Ceremony Details
All graduates must check in no later than 1 pm at the Nourse Theater. Please note that service animals are the only animals allowed on the premises at the Nourse Theater, as well as 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.

Ceremony Parking
The Nourse Theater is centrally located, and close to many parking garages. Check back as the date of the ceremony approaches for more information on parking and other transportation options.

Reception Parking
Parking near the 800 Chestnut Street Campus is limited. Guests are encouraged to park at one of the following locations:

  • Imperial Parking, 350 Bay Street, 415.986.9030
  • California Parking Inc., 550 North Point Street, 415.468.4860

Be Sure You've Filed Your Petition to Graduate

If you have not yet filed your Petition to Graduate, please contact the Registrar's Office right away at

PLEASE NOTE that this process is separate from the 2018 Commencement Reply Card.