University of San Francisco Confers Degrees Upon 1,058 Graduates at Winter Commencement

December 14 ceremonies to feature commencement addresses from distinguished leaders in technology and community service

SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 11, 2018) — The University of San Francisco’s (USF) newest graduating class includes 475 undergraduates, 535 graduate students, and 48 doctoral candidates who will be honored this Friday, December 14 during commencement ceremonies in St. Ignatius Catholic Church on USF’s campus.

The day’s activities will begin with a Commencement Mass at 10:00 a.m. with USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J. as presider and homilist. Later that day, graduates will receive their diplomas during the following times:

  • 12:30 p.m.: School of Management ceremony
  • 3:30 p.m.: College of Arts & Sciences ceremony
  • 6:30 p.m.: School of Nursing and Health Professions and School of Education ceremony

Members of this winter’s graduating class hail from 32 countries around the globe, including Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam and Brazil, and from 36 states around the country. Continuing USF’s commitment to access, 52 of Friday’s graduates are first generation college students. Additionally, nursing, finance, public health, and business administration are among the top majors of this distinguished USF class.

Commencement speakers for Friday’s ceremonies include Renel Brooks-Moon, public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants; Kimberly Bryant, founder and CEO of the non-profit Black Girls Code; and Jon B. Fisher ‘98, CEO of video streaming technology company CrowdOptic.

Renel Brooks-Moon will speak to College of Arts and Sciences graduates. She was the second female public address announcer in the history of baseball, and the first woman to announce a championship game in any professional sport. She is also a founding member of Friends of Faith, a non-profit organization that provides information, resources, and support to low-income, underinsured people undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Kimberly Bryant will speak at the School of Education and School of Nursing and Health Professions ceremony. Black Girls Code offers programs in coding, web design, robotics, and mobile app development to more than 10,000 students of color worldwide. Jon B. Fisher ‘98, a School of Management alumnus, will speak to business school graduates. Fisher’s video streaming company CrowdOptic is used by surgeons to practice complex surgeries and by the San Francisco Zoo to monitor animal behavior, and is being tested by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Media interested in covering any part of Friday’s commencement should contact Kellie Samson, Media Relations Specialist for USF, at 415.422.2697 or

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