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. 


3:30 p.m. Doors open to guests and graduating students.

  • Graduating students enter at the Marina Gate Entrance and will be staged in the Oracle Park Garden.
  • Graduating students do not need a ticket to enter but must be wearing full SF State regalia.
  • Guests may enter at the Willie Mays Plaza Entrance, Lefty O’Doul Entrance or Second Street Entrance.
  • Concessions are open throughout Oracle Park including the graduating students staging area.

5:15 p.m. Graduating students must be assembled in the staging area (accessible by the Marina Gate Entrance).

Any graduating student who is not inside the Grad Zone by 5:15 PM will not be able to take part in the procession. After 5:15 PM, enter the park through any guest entrance and ask an attendant to direct you to the graduate seating area in the Lower Box section.

5:30 p.m. Graduating student procession begins.

6:30 p.m. Ceremony begins (estimated time).

9:30 p.m. Fireworks – Ceremony concludes (estimated time).