Commencement 2020

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San Francisco State University is proud of all of our graduates! San Francisco State will come together to celebrate you during the Virtual Commencement Celebration on Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. PDT. We hope you and your family and friends will join us. This special virtual celebration will allow us to honor you and mark this important moment. Video from the ceremony will then be uploaded to the SF State YouTube channel to watch at your convenience.

We will be informing the entire SF State community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, that June 18 is the day to show their Gator pride. Wherever Gators are, they will be wearing their purple and gold in support of the Class of 2020!

You will be able to access the celebration livestream on the SF State Commencement webpage. We will also share fun ways to celebrate in the time leading up to the ceremony through social media and other platforms, including the official app and registration site launching by June 1. Through the app and registration site you will be able to upload a photo, tell us a little about yourself and communicate with fellow graduates. Family, friends, faculty and staff will be able to register too. Registration is not required to watch the ceremony, but it will provide fun ways to interact leading up to June 18 and to stay connected after the special day.

You do not need to wear a cap and gown to participate, but we know many of you want that special photo. To rent or order regalia or to discover other options, visit the Cap & Gown page. Students who apply to graduate by May 22, 2020 will have their names scroll on screen at the end of the ceremony. 

Check back often, as we will be updating this website weekly.

The Alumni Association wants to be sure you can stay in touch. All recent graduates are receiving the gift of a free lifetime membership. All you need to do is sign up by June 30, 2020 and enter NOPAY in the promotion code box and you’re in. Check out all the Alumni Association has to offer.

Go Gators!

Frequently Asked Questions

Although we are unable to mark this milestone in person for now, the Virtual Commencement Celebration provides an opportunity for our graduates to celebrate their accomplishments with loved ones and the entire SF State community.

The Virtual Commencement Celebration will be shown on Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. PDT via livestream on the SF State Commencement website. Graduates and their guests simply need to tune in.

Graduates will hear words of encouragement, look back at their time at the University and move their tassel. Graduates are not required to wear regalia, but can rent regalia or make their own.

Graduates also have the option to participate in the postponed in-person ceremony, which will be planned and announced once event restrictions allow.

Celebrating your accomplishment through a virtual celebration does not affect the conferral of your degree. Degree conferral will be governed by the completion of the academic work for the relevant degree. Fall 2019 graduates have already received their degree and diploma.

Graduates can rent or purchase regalia and other Commencement items.  Information can be found under the Cap & Gown and Graduation Accessories tab on the Student section of this website.

We will also be offering SF State backgrounds and a virtual cap and gown.