140th Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 13 | 2pm
275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
The Nourse Theater will open at 1pm for the arrival and seating of guests. A reception will follow the Commencement Ceremony, and the festivities will take place at the 800 Chestnut Street campus.
Important Info + Action Items
Please read this information carefully, and check back often for updates.
Contact Galen Crawford
Submit Your 2018 Commencement Reply Card
Due Friday, March 16 | 5pm
All degree candidates are required to complete the 2018 Commencement Reply Card no later than Friday, March 16. This is the most important step to take in order to participate in the commencement ceremony and to be included in the program, so please do not delay! The reply card takes just a moment to complete. If you need to make changes to a reply card that you have already submitted, please contact Galen Crawford.
PLEASE NOTE this is separate from the Petition to Graduate, which must be completed with the Registrar's Office.
Nominate Yourself or a Fellow Student as Commencement Speaker
Nominations Due Monday, March 19 | 5pm
Submit a Speaker Nomination Form to the Student Affairs Office or by email to Galen Crawford. The nomination form is a fillable PDF if opened in Adobe Acrobat.
One undergraduate and one graduate student will be selected.
Draft Speeches Due Friday, April 7 | 5pm
Nominees will be contacted with more information regarding this step.
Attend an Information Session
Please plan to attend one of the following information sessions for details on the ceremony, procession, and reception. We will also answer any questions you might have regarding graduation, exhibitions, and the Honors and Awards Ceremony.
Thursday, April 5 | 12–1pm
Fort Mason Seminar Room 2
Friday, April 6 | 12–1 pm
800 Chestnut Street Lecture Hall
Submit a Commencement Mural Wall Proposal.
Proposals Due Friday, April 6
The 2018 Commencement Mural Wall offers an opportunity to convey the emotion and celebratory nature of the day for graduating students, their family, and friends, faculty, and staff. A successful proposal will combine an innovative design with careful consideration of the spirit of the event.
Proposals will be considered from any current SFAI student or group of students, but priority will be given to graduating students. A small stipend will be provided to the successful applicant(s) to purchase supplies.
Submit a Mural Wall Proposal Form to the Student Affairs Office.
Register to Receive Photos from the Ceremony
A photographer will be on site to photograph graduates as they receive their commemorative scroll on stage. Proofs will be sent to the address noted on your Reply Card. Students are not obligated to purchase photos.
Visit the GradImages website to set up your profile. You can enter contact information for loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos. By submitting your information to GradImages early, you can rest assured that photo samples will be quickly and conveniently provided to you and all others registered as soon as they are available after the event.
Save the Date for the Academic Honors + Awards Ceremony
Friday, May 4 |1 pm
The annual Academic Honors and Awards ceremony will be held in the 800 Chestnut Street Lecture Hall. Award recipients will be notified by email in April, but all are welcome to attend. A reception will follow in the SFAI Courtyard.
Day of Commencement Details (Arrive On Time!)
All graduates must check in no later than 1 pm at the Nourse Theater. Please note that service animals are the only animals allowed on the premises at the Nourse Theater, as well as the 800 Chestnut Street campus.
Students will receive a commemorative scroll on commencement day and the official diploma will be mailed to you at the end of the summer. Please be sure to submit your permanent mailing address to the Office of Registration and Records.
The Nourse Theater is centrally located, and close to many parking garages. Check back as the date of the ceremony approaches for more information on parking and other transportation options.
Parking near the 800 Chestnut Street Campus is limited. Guests are encouraged to park at one of the following locations: