• May 16, 2020
  • 3:00 pm
  • Congregation Sherith Israel
    2266 California Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
Add to Calendar 05/16/2020 3:00 pm 05/16/2020 America/Los_Angeles 2020 Commencement Celebrate our 2020 graduates at CIIS' 52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony Congregation Sherith Israel
2266 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Further Information

Information will be posted as date nears.


Graduates must arrive at Congregation Sherith Israel no later than 1:30 p.m. with rehearsal (mandatory) starting promptly at 1:30 p.m. As you arrive, stop at the check-in table to obtain your Graduation Name Card.

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. Please order by 9pm on April 22nd 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.

Below is the pricing for regalia:

Bachelor Cap, Gown, Tassel- $22.00
Master Cap, Gown, Tassel, Hood- $42.70
Doctorate Tam, Gown, Tassel, Hood- $64.00


A digital announcement will be posted and available for download as date nears. 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 synagogue will open at 2:15pm. The ceremony begins promptly at 3:00 pm and will last approximately two hours. The synagogue is wheelchair accessible. The Commencement ceremony will be particularly long for young children and going in and out of the synagogue 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.

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