• May 20, 2017
  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Nourse Theater
    275 Hayes Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 05/20/2017 3:00 pm 05/20/2017 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles 2017 Commencement Celebrate our 2017 graduates at CIIS' 49th Annual Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 20th. Nourse Theater
275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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We are pleased to announce that the 2017 CIIS Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Nourse Theatre, a landmark venue in the heart of San Francisco's Performing Arts District just a few blocks from campus. The Nourse has an expansive seating capacity and is built in a beautiful Art Deco style with dramatic cathedral ceilings and beautiful architectural flourishes throughout. Located in Hayes Valley, Nourse Theatre is accessible by public transportation. Plan a trip via BART, MUNI and/or Golden Gate Transit by visiting http://511.org. Nearby parking lots include the Civic Center Parking Garage and the Performing Arts Garage.

A livestream of the 2017 CIIS Commencement Ceremony will be available on the CIIS Facebook page starting at 3pm the day of the event. 


Graduates must arrive at the Nourse Theater no later than 1:30 p.m. Graduates will be seated together by degree and academic program.  The Ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m.  Please note: there is no place to store personal belongings so only bring what you can carry on your person. We expect the Ceremony to end around 5:00 p.m.


We are recommending that each graduate bring no more than six (6) guests to ensure there are enough seats for everyone's guests. Guests do not need advance tickets. Doors to the theater will open at 2:15pm. The ceremony begins promptly at 3:00 pm and will last approximately two hours. The theater is wheelchair accessible. The Commencement ceremony will be particularly long for young children and going in and out of the theater is disruptive to the ceremony. We do not recommend bringing infants and young children to the ceremony, as child care is not available.


The online RSVP form closed on 4/23/2017. If you have not already, please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing: studentaffairs@ciis.edu This will help us plan how to set up the theater to make the most room for your guests at the ceremony.


Regalia is optional. The online ordering form for regalia closed on 4/24/17. Please contact Valerie Miller at vmiller-hjrep@comcast.net to inquire about ordering your regalia.


At the commencement ceremony, all students' names and, for doctoral students their dissertation titles, will be read aloud to the audience. A voice mailbox has been set up for any student concerned that theirs may be mispronounced. Please call 415-575-6298 and state your name, title, and program so that the announcer may hear and rehearse it before the ceremony.


You can download this digital announcement (also sent as an attachment in an email sent to all graduates). Announcements are useful for sending to your guests or for sharing news of your graduation with friends and family. The announcements serve as a formal memento of the event; please note to your guests that these announcements are NOT tickets to the ceremony. 


We have been touch with graduates who indicated they or their guests will request accommodations for the ceremony. If you need to request accommodations please contact Michael Sano: msano@ciis.edu

For inquiries concerning the Institute's graduation procedures, please contact Assistant Registrar, Lisa Sowunmi, at lsowunmi@ciis.edu. For information about the Commencement ceremony, contact Student Affairs at studentaffairs@ciis.edu. For more information on taking steps to register and participate in the Commencement Ceremony, please see the CIIS Graduation Guidebook.

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