• May 19, 2018
  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Nourse Theater
    275 Hayes Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
Add to Calendar 05/19/2018 3:00 pm 05/19/2018 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles 2018 Commencement Celebrate our 2018 graduates at CIIS' 50th Annual Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 19th. Nourse Theater
275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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We are pleased to announce that the 2018 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 2018 CIIS Commencement Ceremony will be available on the CIIS Facebook page starting at 3pm the day of the event. Use the #CIISgrads18 hashtag to share your photos and posts with other grads, friends and family.


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.

GRADUATE REGALIA (cap and gown)

Regalia is optional. If you missed the April 23rd deadline, we have re-opened the regalia site for late orders. Please order by 9pm on May 3rd at https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/. Please enter the full name of California Institute of Integral Studies in the search box. The school name will appear, then click on that to continue. In addition, all late orders are shipped by FedEx air and shipping fee will cost around $30-35.


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 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.


We have been in touch with graduates who have indicated they or their guests will require accommodations for the ceremony. If you need to request accommodations, please contact Student Affairs at studentaffairs@ciis.edu.


At the commencement ceremony, many 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 their names may be mispronounced. Please call (415) 575-3439 and extension 3439 and state your name, title, and program so that the announcer may hear and rehearse it before the ceremony.

Further Information

Information will be posted as date nears.

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