Special Events: Graduate Commencement
GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
The following process must be completed by March 1, 2017 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 2016, the application will be valid for the Fall 2016, Spring and Summer 2017 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, 2017.
NOTE: Fees for commencement paid by credit card will be charged a 2.75% fee.
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, 2017, 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 and you will receive just four tickets for your family and friends.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Students who have completed their course requirements in Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or Spring 2017 AND students with a maximum of 12 units remaining to complete their degree and plan to complete those requirements in Summer 2017 may participate in the commencement ceremony.
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 and you will receive just four tickets for your family and friends.
Watch the ceremony online as it happens!
Streaming begins at 10 am PST on April 29, 2017.
Regalia are the robes worn during the commencement ceremony -- this includes cap, gown, hood and tassel. When you register for commencement, you will be asked to indicate your height and weight so that we can order the correct regalia 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.
HAVE IT DELIVERED
Regalia can be delivered to your home for a nominal fee on or around April 22, 2017. You will need to call the bookstore at 415-442-7277 to arrange for home delivery.
PICK IT UP
April 7, 2017; 2:30 - 6:30 pm
University Center, 6th Floor
536 Mission Street, San Francisco
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).
All graduates will receive five tickets. Look for an email with information about the tickets the first week of April.
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.
If your family members need an official invitation letter for a visa interview to come to the commencement ceremony, please Submit the Letter Request Form.
Balloons are not allowed at the venue.
There are many public transportation options. To find the best one for you, use this Google Map to get directions.
- The Paramount Theatre is 500 feet from the 19th Street BART Station. Take the "20th Street Exit" stairs up from the station, and walk NORTH on Broadway toward 21st Street. For routing information, select "19th Street, Oakland" as your destination on this BART Trip Planner.
- Plan a trip to the Paramount via public transportation and find transit routes and services on the 511.org Trip Planner.
FROM SAN FRANCISCO:
- Go east across The Bay Bridge
- Bay Bridge becomes I-80 East
- Take the I-880 South ramp towards Alameda / Airport / San Jose
- Take the W. Grand Ave exit
- Head east on W. Grand Ave
- Turn right on Broadway Ave
- The Paramount Theatre will be located on your right at 2025 Broadway
FROM MARIN, BERKELEY, RICHMOND, OR SACRAMENTO:
- FROM MARIN, I-580 E/Richmond San Rafael Bridge puts you on I-80 West
- FROM BERKELEY, RICHMOND OR SACRAMENTO follow I-80 West
- From I-80 West take 580 East to 980 West
- From 980 West take the 18th Street Exit
- Merge onto Brush Street
- Turn left onto 17th Street
- Turn left onto Broadway
- The Paramount Theatre will be located on your left at 2025 Broadway
FROM CONCORD OR WALNUT CREEK:
- Take I-680 South to Hwy 24 West ramp towards Oakland / Lafayette
- Merge onto Hwy 24 West
- After going through the Caldecott Tunnel, Hwy 24 becomes I-980 West
- From I-980 W. take the 27th Street exit towards W. Grand Avenue
- Merge onto Northgate Avenue
- Turn left onto W. Grand Avenue
- Turn right onto Telegraph Avenue
- Turn left onto 20th Street
- Turn left onto Broadway/Broadway Auto Row
- The Paramount Theatre will be located directly ahead
FROM THE SOUTH BAY (SAN JOSE, FREMONT, CASTRO VALLEY):
- Take I-880 North towards Oakland
- Take the Broadway exit towards Downtown Oakland
- Stay to the right at the fork in the ramp
- Merge onto Broadway
- Broadway becomes Broadway / Broadway Auto Row
- Stay on Broadway to 21st Street
- The Paramount Theatre will be located directly ahead
There are several major parking facilities near The Paramount Theatre:
Honors are awarded to master's degree graduates who maintained cumulative grade point averages in GGU 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 2016 trimester only.
Honor cords will be made available at the Grad Fair on April 7, 2017. 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.
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 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 8:45 and 9 am. Please fill out the Special Accommodation Form by clicking here.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 am and will last between 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Please stay seated during the entire ceremony unless instructed to do otherwise.
NOTE: Balloons are not allowed at the venue.
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.
Please complete the Special Accommodation Form. If you have additional questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 May 1, 2017.
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.
Receive 10% discount on frames at the Grad Fair!
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 7, 2017.
For questions regarding commencement:
Diploma / Certificate Processing
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Financial Holds on Transcripts / Diplomas
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