2019 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 18 | 1pm

Chestnut Street Campus

Submit Your 2019 Commencement Reply Card

Due Tuesday, March 26 | 5pm

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

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.

  • Rates are $279/night for single and double occupancy for Holiday Inn Express
  • Rates are $259/night for single and double occupancy for Holiday Inn
  • These rates do not include taxes (16.5%) or parking ($59/night). 

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 | 4pm

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!)

Ceremony Details
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.

Ceremony Parking
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:

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

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.

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 2019 Commencement Reply Card.