Information for Students

Why a Virtual Commencement?

You may be asking – venues are re-opening, so why are we sticking with a virtual Commencement? We are unable to change plans due to many factors, including the San Francisco County restrictions on capacity in large venues, public health recommendations against travel, and the fact that many graduates living across the state and around the world would be unable to rework plans on short notice. Any one of those factors would also likely preclude many graduates from having family at Commencement and we know you want your loved ones there to watch you graduate.

We are committed to offering an in-person celebration in the future for all our graduates who have missed out on this important rite of passage (this includes you too, Class of 2020). We share your feeling of loss in delaying the celebration that all of our graduates deserve; but we look forward to a day when we can safely welcome you and your loved ones for a full celebration.

Commencement Program

Your guide to the 2021 Commencement ceremony.

Message from the Bookstore

The SF State Bookstore is still here for you.

You will be able to purchase a Grad Pack through the Herff Jones site, which will include regalia, a diploma frame, and other accessories all discounted 10% off. In addition, students can purchase SFSU Sashes through the SF STATE BOOKSTORE.

2021 Class Gift

The Class Gift is an annual tradition of graduating Gators giving back — and the entire campus community is also welcome to participate. By giving to the Senior Class Gift, you make a lasting impact on the lives of current and future SF State Students.

The 2021 Class Gift benefits San Francisco State University’s HOPE Crisis Fund which is focused on supporting students in crisis, including hardships as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Stay engaged after graduation

We are happy to announce free lifetime membership for all our graduates to the Alumni Association. Once a Gator always a Gator! You can stay connected and keep your SF State Family close no matter where you go. Sign up by June 30, 2021 and enter NOPAY in the promotion code box and you’re in! Check out all the Alumni Association has to offer.

Department Celebrations

Many departments host diploma ceremonies and receptions. Check back often for an updated list of department and student group celebrations.

Career Development

The mission of Career Services & Leadership Development is to equip our diverse student and alumni populations with modern resources that assist, guide and foster their leadership and their professional and career advancement.