Frequently Asked Questions

Following is a list of frequently asked questions -- and their answers -- regarding SF State's 2018 Commencement Ceremony. Please check back often for updates.

How do I get guest tickets?

Guest tickets are distributed to graduating students when picking up regalia.  Tickets are included in the fee to rent regalia.  Each graduating student participating in Commencement receives up to seven (7) guest tickets. You need one ticket for every person entering AT&T Park except for graduating students in regalia. Children younger than 2 years old do not need a ticket for entry. All seats at Commencement are first come/first served.

 Please note that replacement tickets will not be issued if your allotment is lost or destroyed. SF State prohibits the direct or indirect sale or auction of Commencement tickets.

No additional tickets will be distributed.  If you need more than seven (7) tickets you may be able to obtain them from fellow graduating students who will not be using their full allotment.  The Commencement Office will not have any extra tickets for distribution.

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How will we process onto the field?



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When will I receive my diploma?

At the Commencement ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover. Your actual diploma will be sent to the address you listed on your graduation application. Those not attending the ceremony may request a diploma cover at the One Stop Student Service Center (in the lobby of the Student Services Building) or by calling (415) 338-2350 or contacting the Registrar's Office.



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Can my family and friends get close enough to take my photo on stage?

No. We know this is a special day and that families and friend of graduating students want to take photographs but because of access restrictions this is not possible. A professional photography company will be taking photos prior to graduating students entering the ballpark. Graduating students will receive order forms directly from the company.

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Where may I view the Commencement Ceremony video?

A recording of the event will be made available to the public by Monday, June 8, 2018 on the official SF State YouTube channel.

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Are there any special instructions that my guests and I need to know?

No pets, except service animals, will be allowed in AT&T Park. Also, alcoholic beverages, smoking, balloons, banners, signs, beach balls, silly string and fireworks are not allowed at Commencement.

Commencement will take place rain or shine. The weather in San Francisco is unpredictable and can change rapidly throughout the day. It is suggested that guests wear layers.

Graduating students and guests will walk through a metal detector as their tickets are being scanned. If the device detects something on a graduating student or guest, that person will be checked with a handheld wand, and there will be further security follow-up if needed.

In accordance with San Francisco City Ordinance, AT&T Park is a smoke-free facility with no smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the ballpark. Electronic smoking and any other vaporized smoking is also not permitted anywhere inside.

Commencement occurs in a public venue and will be recorded and photographed for distribution through various SF State outlets. All audience members (or parents/ guardians of minors attending the event) acknowledge that they may appear on these recordings and photographs by virtue of their attendance at or participation in Commencement, and agree to the University’s use of photographed or videotaped materials through the University’s websites, applications and other channels of communication. 

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Is food available at AT&T Park?

Concessions will be open at AT&T Park to sell food and beverages (with the exception of alcohol).  You may also bring in food and beverages.  Please refer to the the restrictions noted in "Bags, Containers and Coolers" and "Bottles and Cans" sections of the rules.