• May 30, 2020
  • 11:00 am
  • Commencement stream: https://ciis.sharedstudios.events/ciis/d05afa5e7cfe
Add to Calendar 05/30/2020 11:00 am 05/30/2020 America/Los_Angeles 2020 Virtual Commencement Celebrate our 2020 graduates at CIIS' 52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony Commencement stream: https://ciis.sharedstudios.events/ciis/d05afa5e7cfe false MM/DD/YYYY

Electronic Announcement

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.

Graduate Personal Page

If you would like for us to include your personal page with your image, videos, and personal message into our graduation slides or if you chose to opt out entirely, you will need to fill out the form by next week Wednesday, May 13th. If you do not fill out the form, your name will automatically be included in the graduate slide.


To order: please visit https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/ 

  • Cap and Gown: Black for all graduates. 
    Hood Colors: Acupuncture Masters (Kelly Green), Acupuncture Doctorate (Kelly Green), PhD (dark blue), PsyD (dark blue), Master of Arts (white), Master of Fine Arts (brown), Counseling Psych (white), Master of Science (gold), Bachelor of Arts (white tassel), Bachelor of Science (gold tassel).
  • These videos below describe how to properly maintain and wear your cap and gown.

For returns & refunds, please email https://collegegradwarranty.herffjones.com/?event=capGownReturns

Instagram or Facebook?

We encourage you to share your celebratory pictures by using the hashtag #ciisgrads2020.


What will be the Virtual Commencement be like?

The ceremony will include many components of our in-person ceremony with messages from President Wexler, faculty members, a student speaker, other academic traditions, and six performances by professional musicians from the Bay Area and our CIIS in-house community.

For graduates who filled out the personalized graduation form, your name will be announced as your personalized graduation slide (photo, degree, video, dissertation title, and message) is displayed during the ceremony.

How can I opt out of the Virtual Commencement?

Participating in the Virtual Commencement is voluntary; however, we encourage all graduates to participate. If you do not wish to participate, you must indicate “opt out” in the personalized graduation slide. If you do not fill out the personalized slide, your name will be displayed on a nonpersonalized group slide as listed in the Commencement Program.

Where can I find the digital Commencement Program?

A digital copy of the Commencement Program will be posted livestream page on the day of Virtual Commencement May 30. A printed copy of the 2020 Commencement Program will be mailed to you this Fall.


Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf

  • Virtual Commencement 2020 Musical Director

Julie Wolf is a music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, sounds desginer, music director and teacher. She has appeared on stages around the world and on numerous critically acclaimed recordings. She has collaborated with Carly Simon, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Maceo Parker, Toshi Reagon, Bruce Cockburn, Eliza Gilyson, Allison Miller, Wayne Horvitz and Sia, among many others.

Julie lives in Oakland, CA and is part of a vibrant creative community that includes musicians, dancers, choreographers, poets, filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, teachers and activists. She runs Julie W olf Music, specializing in music production, composing for film and dance, sound design and music editing.

gina Breedlove

gina Breedlove

  • "Breathe"

Medicine woman gina Breedlove is a sound healer, vocalist, composer, & channeler for The Vibration of Grace™, she is a master practitioner on the potent power of sound and soul retrieval. gina has toured the world with many artists, working as featured vocalist for Harry Belafonte, Sekou Sundiata, & Ronny Jordan. She created the role of "Sarabi", in the Bway production of "The Lion King", has worked on 2 Spike Lee joints, as an actor & sound healer. gina tours the world with her music that she calls,  folksoul, holding sound healing circles in every city she visits. From Rwanda to Oakland, gina guides and supports community in deepening relationship to the potent medicine of Sound, and the power of the human voice. 


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The Sea, official music video

Rocio López-Sanchez

Rocio López-Sanchez

  • J. S. Bach: "Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude"

    Rocio López-Sanchez studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

    Jonathan Kay

    Jonathan Kay

    • Soprano and Tenor Saxophones
    • Shakuhachi (bamboo flute from Japan)
    • Esraj (rare 21-stringed bowing instrument from India)
    • Tanpura (drone instrument from Indian)

    Jonathan Kay is an internationally recognized jazz and cross-cultural musician hailing from Toronto, Canada. In search of non-western ways of musical knowing, Jonathan formally studied North Indian Raga music in Kolkata, and Japanese shakuhachi music in Kyoto. Based on the integration of these contemplative musical traditions with that of experimental improvisation, Jonathan has been recognized for creating a distinctive and compelling voice in contemporary improvisation and composition. Currently living in San Francisco, Jonathan has been refining his musical composition skills under mentor Allaudin Mathieu, a prominent composer and author. Recently he started his PhD in the department of East-West Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco under the mentorship of philosopher Dr. Debashish Banerji. Jonathan has been studying Sri Aurobinod’s Integral Yoga as well as East-West philosophies of music, which have facilitated a more integral understanding of his contemplative artistic practices.

    Jonathan Kay

    Richard Wormstall

    Richard Wormstall

    • Spanish guitar

    Richard Wormstall is a CIIS Alumnus and Admissions Counselor

    Kofy Brown

    Kofy Brown

    • "Watch Night"

    Kofy Brown, a musician, singer and songwriter based in Oakland, has been a pioneering force in the San Francisco Bay Area’s hip-hop soul scene since the early 90’s. Brown is releasing her 10 th record,  Child of Providence, on her independent label  Simba Music Records on April 10, 2020. This album is in part an homage to her Great-Great Grandfather, Providence Powers. With this project, Brown is reaching back to the past to shine forward a bold and bright reflection of her lineage.

    Kofy Brown Videos

    SO OPEN music video

    Kofy Brown performs Say a Prayer 

    Kofy Brown Music




    Margaret Belton

    Margaret Belton

    • “Here Comes the Sun”

    Margaret Belton is that rare artist who fuses her exceptional talent with a genuine warmth that makes audiences feel they’re part of the family.  A true renaissance woman, She is a songstress, theater and film actor and a visual artist. She has starred in many independent films, theater productions and crooned various stages around The Bay Area and beyond.  She founded her Patsy Cline Tribute band called ‘The Patsychords’ in 2011 and has accomplished four rounds of her critically acclaimed portrayal of Patsy Cline in ‘ Always… Patsy Cline’.   Margaret continues to croon, perform and collaborate with other artists near and far.


    Margaret Belton's Tribute to Patsy Cline

    Kev Choice

    Kev Choice

    • “Can’t Stop Me

    Pianist. Emcee. Producer. Bandleader. Sideman. Music historian. Kev Choice wears many hats, and all of them fit. Blessed with prodigious talent, plus the skill and dedication to his craft to pull it off, the Oakland-based artist is redefining what it means to be a musician in this day and age. Not too many classically-trained pianists who hold Master’s degrees in jazz can rock microphones with blazing-hot 16s. Yet such versatility comes natural to Choice, whose diverse array of influences ranges from Prince to Rakim to A Tribe Called Quest to Stevie Wonder to McCoy Tyner to Chopin and Ravel.

    Choice aims to not only return hip-hop to the cultural standards it once had, but surpass the genre’s creative peak by adding new layers of musical nuance into beats, rhymes, and swaggadoccio. His artistic vision, he says, is to be “an artist that combined Hip-Hop with a type of musicality that has never been done” and to “make conscious Hip-Hop music that is also accepted on a mainstream level.”


    New album Social Distancing 

    Kev Choice's 'Social Distancing' Album Captures Four Weeks of Hope and Grief

    Jenn Johns

    Jenn Johns

    • “Can’t Stop Me

    Jennifer Johns is a powerhouse, vocalist, songwriter, producer, activist, and entrepreneur who creates sounds, experiences, and products that are sure to stir your soul, inspire your mind and move your body.  

    Ms. Johns has taken her brand of “afro-diasporic world music” all over the globe, rocking stages from Denver to Dusseldorf, Los Angeles to London, Kuala Lumpur to Kampala.  Jennifer has shared line ups with some of the best in the business including the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Capelton, Ziggy Marley, Gil Scott Heron, Wyclef, Les Nubian, De La Soul, and Common to name just a few.    


    New song Grace

    Red Hill Quartet

    Red Hill Quartet

    • Countdown and credits music

    From Echo Park, CA, the Red Hill Quartet plays an eclectic blend of original jazz with influences from Indian, African and Middle Eastern music.

    Red Hill Quartet on Spotify


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