Special Events: Undergraduate Commencement


FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 |10:30 AM

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Marines Memorial Theatre
609 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102


The following process must be completed by March 1, 2019, 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 2018, the application will be valid for Fall 2018, Spring and Summer 2019 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 1st.

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 1st 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.


Students who have completed their course requirements in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 AND students with a maximum of 12 units remaining to complete their degree and plan to complete those requirements in Summer 2019 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.


If you can’t come to the Grad Fair to pick up your regalia it’s okay, online students have two options:

Have it Delivered: Regalia can be delivered to your home for a nominal fee ($13.50) on or around April 12, 2019. You will need to call the bookstore at 415-442-7277 to arrange for home delivery.

Pick It Up the Day of the Event: You can pick up the regalia at the bookstore tent close to the student check-in area.

Tickets will be sent via email to each student. 

There is no rehearsal for this ceremony, however, instructions will be provided the day of the event on the Student Check-In table.

Watch the ceremony online as it happens!

Streaming begins at 10:30 am PST on May 3, 2019.


Golden Gate University is seeking a Student Speaker to deliver an address at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on behalf of the graduating class.



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.



Regalia can be delivered to your home for a nominal fee ($13.50) on or around April 12, 2019. You will need to call the bookstore at 415-442-7277 to arrange for home delivery.


Grad Fair
April 12, 2019; 4:00 - 6:00 pm
University Center, 6th Floor
536 Mission Street, San Francisco

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


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 will receive five tickets. Look for an email the first week of April about how to retrieve your 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.

Muni Buses:

2 Clement or 3 Jackson

Muni Metro & BART:

All routes to Powell Street Station. Exit station and walk up Powell Street to Sutter Street. Turn left and go one block west to 609 Sutter Street (at Mason St.).

Cable Cars:

Powell & Mason or Powell & Hyde routes. Disembark at Sutter Street and walk one block west to 609 Sutter Street (at Mason St.)


Olympic Club Garage
665 Sutter Street
$6.00 per hour up to 4 hours
$24.00 Maximum for up to 12 hours with validation

Honors are awarded to graduates who maintained cumulative grade point averages in their Golden Gate University courses as follows:
  • Cum Laude: 3.5 - 3.749
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.750 - 3.899
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 - 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 2017 trimester only. Honor cords will be made available at the Grad Fair on April 12, 2019. If you do not attend the Grad Fair, honor cords will automatically be mailed to the address we have on file.

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


Students must arrive by 9:30 am to check in, line up and make sure they have properly put on their graduation regalia. Please see Student Check-In information.

At the Marines Memorial Theater, we encourage family to wait on the 1st floor while graduates come to the 2nd floor to check-in and line up. Family and friends may not wait with students while they check in, line up and proceed to stage. It can get very crowded and hot on the 2nd floor if family and friends come up before 10 am. Family and friends will be permitted into the auditorium at 10 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 9:45 am and 10 am.

The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 am and will last between 90 minutes to 2 hours. Please stay seated during the entire ceremony unless instructed to do otherwise.


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.


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 fill out the Special Accommodations Form. 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.



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 or B) 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.


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.

View a Video on How to Wear Your Cap & Gown


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.


The processional will form at 10 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 6, 2019.



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.


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 12, 2019.

For questions regarding commencement:





Commencement Ceremony
Student Affairs 415-442-7288 commencement@ggu.edu
Diploma / Certificate Processing
Records and Registration 415-442-7278 graduation@ggu.edu
Graduation Clearance
Retention Counselor varies varies
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
Enrollment Services -- Records 415-442-7200 records@ggu.edu