2020/2021 Commencement - May 26, 2022 #SFSUGrad

We are thrilled to welcome our graduates and guests to Oracle Park on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

Graduates from Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 are invited to join us for this very special in-person Commencement ceremony.

Thursday 5/26 Commencement – Potential Overlap with Chase Center Event

The 2020-21 Commencement at Oracle Park may overlap with Game 5 (if necessary) of the Warriors-Mavericks playoff series at Chase Center, a few blocks south of Oracle Park. The start time for the Warriors game is 6:00PM. The Giants recommend that you plan ahead for your travel to the Commencement that evening per the tips on their website. Please strongly consider riding public transportation or a bicycle, or reserving parking in advance. If you plan to drive, please just expect a little more traffic in the area if the Commencement and the Warriors game conclude around the same time.

Diploma Procession & Commencement Photos

GradImages® will be at Oracle Park taking pictures of graduates with their diploma. Graduates will find a card from GradImages® at their seat. Graduates can fill out the card with contact information and bring it with them during the diploma procession. The card will be handed to a GradImages® representative when instructed.

During the diploma procession graduates will be guided from their seats to the diploma stages by ambassadors. As graduates process they will be handed their diploma cover and will then cross in front of the gold SF State backdrop where they will be shown on the Oracle Park scoreboard and have their picture taken by GradImages®.

How to view your photos after Commencement:

GradImages® is proud to support one of the biggest moments in a graduate’s life: walking across the stage and into the next chapter. With over 40 years of experience, we understand the importance of this moment and the desire to preserve these memories for a lifetime. Finding your graduate’s photos after the ceremony is easy. Visit www.GradImages.com to view and purchase custom photo products like prints, plaques, specialty gifts, and more.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your photos please contact GradImages’ Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at www.gradimages.com, or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net. We have a large team of customer care representatives ready to help graduates and family members with anything they may need.

Accessibility

Oracle Park is an accessible event space. For details about please visit our accessibility page.

The most current health guideline are listed below: (We will continue to monitor and update them so please check back often)

Graduates and guests are not required to be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry to Oracle Park. These guidelines also apply to non-California residents.

The health order issued by the City of San Francisco requiring proof of full vaccination for patrons of certain indoor public settings currently applies to these ballpark locations only: Public House (onsite restaurant), the Gotham Club and Cloud Club (members-only clubs).

Face masks are required for all guests and graduates when accessing indoor spaces and at all concession and merchandise stands. Masks are to be well-fitted and cover the nose and mouth.

Graduate Registration, Guests Tickets

A $25 event fee will be charged for each participating graduate (graduates from eligible classes had their graduation application fee reduced by 60%, this $25 fee will be used directly to cover the cost of the ceremony). The $25 fee will give each eligible graduate participating in Commencement up to one (1) graduate ticket and seven (7) guest tickets. Graduates will also need to be in SF State specific regalia.

Graduates can register to attend through Monday, May 23, 2022; 8 AM PDT. The Deadline to purchase tickets is now closed - we are looking forward to seeing all our 2020 and 2021 graduates who will be participating in Commencement on May 26!

To return home-shipped gowns (and hoods if rented) please use the pre-paid return shipping label which was included in your shipment and follow the instructions. You must return your gown by using the pre-paid shipping label by Monday, June 13th to avoid late fees.

If you rented your regalia at the SF State Bookstore please return the gown (and hood if rented) to the SF State Bookstore by June 13th during business hours.

The deadline to order regalia was May 8 (8:59 PDT). Read detailed information about regalia.

Ceremony Tickets

The $25 event fee (registration is open until Monday, May 23, 2022; 8 AM PDT) and ordering regalia will qualify you to receive up to one (1) graduate and seven (7) Commencement tickets. Tickets will be available for pick-up at the SFSU Bookstore:

  • Monday, May 23; 9 am - 6pm
  • Tuesday, May 24; 9 am - 6 pm
  • Wednesday, May 25; 9 am - 6 pm
  • Thursday, May 26; 9 am - 6 pm.

You can have someone else pick-up your tickets if needed. Have them bring a copy of your student ID or other identification and the order confirmation to the SFSU Bookstore ticket pick-up and let the staff there know you are picking up on a graduating student’s behalf.

If graduates rented or purchased regalia previously and still have it they only needed to pay the $25 event fee. Graduates can register to attend through Monday, May 23, 2022; 8 AM PDT. The Deadline to purchase tickets is now closed - we are looking forward to seeing all our 2020 and 2021 graduates who will be participating in Commencement on May 26!

You need one ticket for every person entering Oracle Park, including graduates in regalia. Children younger than 2 years old do not need a ticket for entry. 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 graduates who will not be using their full allotment. The Commencement Office will not have any extra tickets for distribution.

Timeline

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 need a ticket to enter and 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. Graduates 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 p.m., 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

6:00 p.m. Ceremony begins (estimated time)

Seating

All seats at Commencement are first come/first served.

Weather plan

Commencement will take place rain or shine. Guests should come prepared if inclement weather is expected on Commencement day.

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