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Special Events: Graduate Ceremony

MASONIC AUDITORIUM, SAN FRANCISCO

April 25, 2015, 10 am

REGISTERING FOR COMMENCEMENT
The following process must be completed by March 1, 2015 in order to participate in the commencement ceremony:
 
You must first Apply for Graduation

Applying for graduation lets us know that you intend to complete all your degree requirements soon. Graduating from the University is not associated with any additional fees. Graduation applications are valid for three consecutive terms, beginning with the term for which a student first applies. For example, if a student applies to graduate in Fall 2014, the application will be valid for the Fall 2014, Spring and Summer 2015 terms. If students do not complete their academic program requirements within those three terms, their applications will expire and they will be required to reapply for graduation.

 
Once you have applied for graduation, you must Register for Commencement

Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates your graduation. You will not receive your diploma at the ceremony. You can participate in the ceremony even if you have not completed all of your requirements for graduation, but you do need to be close to completing all of your requirements. Please see section below for more information.

To participate in the commencement ceremony you must pay the $100 commencement fee. This is a non-refundable fee. Only those that have registered and paid for Commencement will be allowed to participate in the ceremony. This must be completed by March 1, 2015.

When you register for commencement, you will be asked to indicate your height and weight so that we can order the correct regalia (cap and gown) for you. Everyone must order regalia. You may not wear robes from a previous commencement ceremony. The regalia are rentals and will need to be returned after the ceremony.

 
Students who do not register for commencement by the March 1, 2015 deadline are not guaranteed a spot in the commencement ceremony.

If you are allowed to participate you will have to pay an additional $50 late fee for a rush order for regalia.

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Students who have completed their course requirements in Summer 2014, Fall 2014, or Spring 2015 AND students with a maximum of 12 units remaining to complete their degree and plan to complete those requirements in Summer 2015 may participate in the commencement ceremony.

 

MISSED DEADLINES

Missing the graduation and commencement deadlines means that you may not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony. If there is extra space, we may be able to squeeze you in, but your commencement fee will include a $50 late charge.

REGALIA

Regalia are the robes worn during the commencement ceremony -- this includes cap, gown, hood and tassel. You must order regalia for the GGU ceremony, even if you have robes from a previous commencement ceremony. The regalia are rentals and will need to be returned after the ceremony.

Regalia must be ordered by March 1, 2015 or you will be charged a $50 late fee.

Order Your Robe Here

Regalia can be delivered to your home for a nominal fee on or around April 20, 2015. You will need to call the bookstore at 415-442-7277 to arrange for home delivery. You can also pick up your regalia at the Grad Fair on April 10, 2015 from 3 - 6 pm at the University Center, 536 Mission Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco.

GUESTS

Of course you want to celebrate with your friends and family! In order to attend the ceremony, your friends and family will need tickets (you don't need one).

Graduates are typically able to receive between 4 and 6 tickets. The number of tickets is determined by the number of students who register to participate in the commencement ceremony (#seats in venue /#of graduates = # of tickets available). For this reason, we cannot tell you how many tickets you will receive until after the March 1, 2015 application deadline.

Look for an e-mail around March 6, 2015 to let you know exactly how many tickets are available for each graduate. That e-mail will also include a link for you to order your free commencement tickets.

Children are welcome to attend Commencement; however, graduates and their guests should consider that the event lasts approximately two hours. If the child will occupy a seat, he/she will need a separate ticket.

TRANSPORTATION

Public Transportation

There are many public transportation options. To find the best one for you, use this Google map to get directions.

 

Driving Directions

FROM THE EAST BAY

Take the 9th Street/Civic Center exit. Turn right onto 9th Street, stay in the right lanes. Cross Market Street and continue onto Larkin Street. Turn right on California Street. The building is on the right side just past Jones Street.

 
FROM NORTH BAY

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the Downtown/ Lombard exit and continue on Lombard Street. Turn right on Gough Street. Turn left onto California Street. Building is located on the right just past Jones Street.

 
FROM SOUTH BAY

Go north on 101. Take the 9th Street/Civic Center exit and turn left on 9th Street. Stay in the right two lanes. Cross Market Street and continue onto Larkin Street. Turn right on California Street and continue uphill to the NobHill Masonic Center, on the right side just past Jones Street.

 

Parking

The Masonic Center’s on site parking garage may be entered from California Street.

NEARBY GARAGES
  • Grace Cathedral: Taylor St. between California and Sacramento
  • Crocker Garage: California St. between Taylor and Mason (valet only)
GRADUATING WITH HONORS
Honors are awarded to master's degree graduates who maintained cumulative grade point averages in the Golden Gate University courses as follows:
  • With honors: 3.800-3.899
  • With high honors: 3.900-3.999
  • With highest honors: 4.000

 

All graduates receiving honors status (as designated above) will receive an honor cord to wear with their regalia. Honor cords will be distributed to those who met the honors criteria at the end of the Fall 2014 trimester only.

Honor cords will be made available at the Grad Fair on April 10, 2015. If you do not attend the Grad Fair, honor cords will automatically be mailed to the address we have on file.

Honor designations do not apply to certificate programs or Doctoral degrees.

Honors is noted on your diploma will be based on your GGU GPA after all courses have been completed.

CEREMONY INFORMATION

Students must arrive by 9 am to check in, line up and make sure they have properly put on their graduation regalia. Please see Student Check-In information.

Family and friends may not wait with students while they check in, line up and proceed to stage. Family and friends will be permitted into the auditorium at 9:45 am. Guests who have notified us they will need accommodated seating will be permitted to enter through a separate entrance and encouraged to take their seats between 9:30 and 9:45 am. Please fill out the Special Accommodation Form by clicking here.

The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 am and will last between 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Please stay seated during the entire ceremony unless instructed to do otherwise.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

GradImages will take professional pictures of the ceremony. Guests must remain in their seats and maintain the safety and dignity of this very important event. GradImages will take student photographs as they walk across the stage. On the back of the name card that students receive at check-in, they can indicate a mailing address or e-mail address. GradImages will mail or e-mail students a proof of their picture, which can then be purchased online.

 

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

If you are attending and need accommodations for you or your guests, such as wheelchair space or extra time to get to their seats, please contact studentaffairs@ggu.edu or call 415-442-7288. We have requested certain seating arrangements to meet the needs of the guests. If your guests arrive the day of the event without prior arrangements, we cannot guarantee accommodations.

STUDENT CHECK-IN

CHECK-IN PRIOR TO CEREMONY

When you arrive, you will be instructed to check-in based on your last name. You will receive a card with a label on it. The label will include your name and degree information. Please confirm that this is correct. On the back of the name card is information from the photographer. Please fill out the necessary information on the back of the card.

See More Information About Commencement Photography

The label will also include information to help you line up for the procession into the ceremony. There will be a line letter and number on the label. The letter indicates which line you should get in (A, B, C or D) and the number indicates your place in the line. For example, you may see A37 -- this indicates that you are in line A and are 37th in the line.

Please hold on to this card until you hand it over to the name reader during the graduation ceremony.

 

WEARING THE CAP & GOWN

After check-in, you will be directed to the robing area. Staff will be available to help you with your regalia. Please bring safety pins and bobby pins to secure your cap and gown as necessary.

  • It is best to have your regalia ironed and ready to go when you arrive.
  • Please wear sensible shoes as you will be walking up and down stairs.
  • YOU MUST WEAR THE CAP AND GOWN IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY.

View a Video on How to Wear Your Cap, Gown and Hood

 

PURSES, COATS & OTHER PERSONAL BELONGINGS

There is no place to put your personal belongings in the check-in area. Please bring to the check-in area only what you intend to wear as you walk across the stage, and have your family and friends hold on to any other personal belongings. The staff is not responsible for any lost or left behind items.

 

LINING-UP & WALKING

The processional will form at 9:30 am. Graduates will line up in separate lines according to degree and program. Within each degree, the students will be lined up alphabetically by using the number labels on their cards. Students are to follow the directions of the marshals. The marshals will direct you into your lines, take you down the stairs and seat you. When it is your turn to receive your degree, the marshals will escort you up to the platform. You then will walk up the stairs, hand your card to the name reader, walk across the stage, shake hands with the faculty standing on stage, receive your diploma cover, and walk off the stage and down the stairs on the opposite side of the podium. When you are off the platform, the marshals will again direct you back to your seat. Please show respect for your classmates who receive their diplomas after you by remaining quiet and orderly as you leave the stage and are guided back to your seat. You must return to your seat until the recessional.

 

RECEPTION

Immediately following the ceremony there will be a reception for graduates and their families.

 

RETURNING REGALIA

The Bookstore will be collecting the rental gowns and hoods at the conclusion of the ceremony. Graduates will be returning their gowns and hoods in the reception area. Your school account will be charged $250, if the bookstore does not receive your gown and hood by April 28, 2015.

GRADUATION ACCESSORIES

ANNOUNCEMENTS

An announcement informs the recipient of Golden Gate University's commencement ceremony date, time, and location. Tickets allow guests to attend the commencement ceremony. Please note that announcement and tickets are not the same thing.

Announcements are optional. However, if you would like to order personalized announcements, you may order them by visiting Herff Jones.

Please remember it will take at least 2 to 4 weeks for Herff Jones to process your personalized announcements. You will want to order them as early as possible so that you may receive them in time to send out at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance of the ceremony.

 

RINGS

Class rings can be purchased online by visiting the school's vendor, Jostens, or you may place an order at the Grad Fair with a Jostens representative on April 10, 2015

CONTACT INFORMATION
For questions regarding commencement:

 

TOPIC

DEPARTMENT

PHONE

E-MAIL

Commencement Ceremony
Student Affairs 415-442-7288 commencement@ggu.edu
Diploma / Certificate Processing
Enrollment Services -- Records 415-442-7278 records@ggu.edu
Graduation Clearance
Academic Advisor Visit this web page Visit this web page
Degree Verification
Enrollment Services -- Records 415-442-7200 records@ggu.edu
Financial Holds on Transcripts / Diplomas
Student Financial Services 415-442-7839 finaid@ggu.edu
Transcripts
Enrollment Services -- Records 415-442-7200 records@ggu.edu