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Congratulations, Class of 2024

To the Graduates of Academy of Art University and Their Families

On behalf of the administration, faculty, students, and alumni that make up the Academy of Art University family, we are pleased to recognize the class of 2024 for your impressive accomplishments. The beautiful art and design work you’ve created during your time at Academy of Art University proves that you have the skills and determination to prosper in all your future endeavors. We are proud of you, and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish next.

The Commencement Guide contains essential info and MUST be read

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Information Sessions

There are five online information sessions to help you prepare you for commencement. Each session will provide instructions on how to order your academic regalia, details on the check-in process, an overview of commencement day procedures and protocol, and important information about tickets and guests. You must attend at least one of the sessions.

Attendance at one of these sessions is mandatory for all students.

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Commencement Materials

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Your Commencement Pack includes your cap and gown, mortar board, and tassel.

The Commencement Pack (including shipping) is free for all Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024 graduates, but you will need to place the order yourself at

Please note that any additional items such as announcements, stoles, and accessories, are NOT included in your Commencement Pack and costs for those items are your responsibility.

Remember to place your order for the Commencement Pack by April 15th, 2024.

Your cap and gown, included in your Commencement Pack, are required to participate in the Commencement exercises.
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Each student will receive four (4) tickets. These tickets are required for entry into the Masonic Auditorium. Each student is allotted only four tickets; no additional tickets can be provided by the University.

You can collect your tickets on either of the two Ticket Pick-up days:

  • Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9:00AM – 5:00PM, Pacific Time
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 9:00AM – 5:00PM, Pacific Time
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Graduation announcements are available through You are responsible for the cost of any announcements you order.

*Please be aware that graduation announcements are not the same as graduation invitations/tickets. Announcements cannot be used for admission to the Commencement ceremony.
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Diplomas will be mailed to graduates approximately 90 days after all coursework has been completed and grades have been posted. Please verify that your address is correct on the student self-service portal. If you have questions, please contact

Other Important Information

Graduates: You must check in TWO HOURS before the start of your ceremony! If you arrive less than two hours prior to your ceremony, you run the risk of not walking with your department. Commencement ceremonies are complex and highly coordinated events; please don’t be late!

Guests: Please note that guests will not be admitted until ONE HOUR prior to the ceremony. Please let your guests know the proper time to arrive (no sooner than 9:00AM for Undergraduate Commencement guests and no sooner than 2:00PM for Graduate Commencement guests).

To request accommodations related to a disability, including sign language interpreting during the ceremony, please contact Accessibility Resources at (415) 618-3775 or

Visas for International Guests
Our International Student Services office is available to help guests who will be traveling internationally to attend the Commencement Ceremony.

Please visit: to request a letter of invitation. This letter will be included with the guest’s visa application.

Please initiate the letter request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to receive the letter and apply for a visa.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact us at

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View the 2023 Commencement Ceremony

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