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2015 Commencement General Information

All ceremonies take place in St. Ignatius Church, located at 650 Parker Avenue at the corner of Fulton Street, San Francisco.  

Tickets & Regalia

Grad Finale

Location: Zief Library, Terrace Room

Dates: Friday, April 10th & Saturday, April 11th

This is a drop-in event where graduating students will have an opportunity to pick up their ceremony tickets, commencement information, Alumni Graduates Dinner invitation and regalia.

For more information, please see "Tickets & Regalia"

Alumni Graduates Dinner

Location: Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6 p.m.

RSVP Required

Commencement Mass

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3 p.m. (Guest Tickets Not Required)

USF School of Law 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Guest Tickets: Required (7 guest tickets per student)
Commencement Speaker: Mr. James Bell, Founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute
Reception immediately following ceremony at McLaren Conference Center

Graduation Day-Information for Graduates

Graduates must arrive with regalia and name card (distributed during Grad Finale) by 8:00 a.m. in the atrium of Gleeson Library. (No guests are allowed in this area.) At 8:10 a.m., graduates must assemble in front of Gleeson Library (south side) for the group graduating photo. The class group photo will be available for viewing and purchase after graduation. Graduates will receive pre-ceremonial directions and will line up for the ceremonial procession. You may walk and be seated with friends by taking a place in line either in front of or directly behind them. Leave personal possessions with family and friends. There will be no storage for personal items.


The procession to St. Ignatius Church starts at 8:50 a.m. Faculty, speakers, and commencement dignitaries/other participants follow the graduating class in the commencement procession into St. Ignatius Church.

Conferral of Degrees

Graduates are called forward to the stage at which time they will present their name card to the marshal stationed at the podium. After your name is announced, proceed to the center of the dais to receive a scroll from University President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J. and Dean John Trasviña. Exit the stage and return to your seat.


GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at www.gradimages.com.

Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.