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University Commencement 2024

General Ceremony: May 4, 2024 | 3:00pm–6:00pm PST | Oracle Park
Watch Live on YouTube

Law School Ceremony: May 9, 2024 | 7:00pm–9:00pm PST | Davies Symphony Hall

For Questions Regarding Graduation and Commencement

Topic Department Phone Email
University Commencement Ceremony Division of Student Success 415-442-7288
Diploma/Certificate Processing and Transcripts Office of Records and Registration 415-442-7278
Graduation Clearance Student Advisor 415-369-5206
Financial Aid Holds on Student Account Office of Financial Aid 415-442-7270
Past Due Balance on Student Account Student Accounting Services 415-442-7839
Career Services Undergraduate and Graduate Career Center 415-442-7299
Alumni Services Alumni Association 415-442-7820

Frequently Asked Questions

When/Where are the commencement ceremonies?
General GGU Commencement – Date: May 4, 2024
Time: 3:00pm–6:00pm PST
Location: Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA

Law School Commencement – Date: May 9, 2024
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm PST
Location: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Who is eligible to participate in commencement?
You are eligible to participate if you have or are planning to graduate in the following terms:

  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024

How many commencement ceremonies does GGU have during the year?
GGU has two different commencement ceremonies. One for graduate students (Ageno School of Business, School of Accounting, Braden School of Taxation, and GGU Worldwide) and undergraduate students on May 4, 2024.

The other is for School of Law students on May 9, 2024.

How do I know if I will be receiving an honor cord?

  • Graduate students: 3.8 or above
  • Undergraduate students: 3.5 or above
  • Law students: Please see the Law School Commencement page for criteria.

Honor cords will be distributed to those who meet the honors criteria at the end of the Fall 2023 trimester only. Unfortunately, we do not round numbers past the 2nd decimal place.

Honor cords will be distributed at ceremony sign-in. Honors is noted on your diploma and will be based on your GGU GPA after all courses have been completed.

Can Certificate program students participate in the commencement ceremony?
No. The commencement ceremony is designated for doctoral, masters, and bachelors degree students; unfortunately, certificate students are not eligible for this event.

Is it mandatory to attend the commencement ceremony, in order to receive my diploma?
No, it is not. In fact, students do not receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony. Your diploma will be mailed to you once you have successfully completed all of your units and applied for graduation. Students at the ceremony receive a certificate of congratulations, but not a diploma.

I was wondering if I could apply my full name to my diploma and what I would like to be announced at the commencement ceremony. What steps I would need to take to make this happen?
Any questions about your diploma should be sent to

When you register for the commencement ceremony, you will be asked for your name as you would like it to read. If you need to edit your response, please email

Does GGU offer graduation pictures? When and where?
Yes, you can have graduation pictures taken at several times during the commencement process. Students can have headshots taken during the Grad Fair (March 29, 2024). There will also be two pictures taken during the commencement ceremony – as you walk onto the stage and as you exit the stage. These photos are available for purchase from the vendor – GradImages. More information will be sent to you as we get closer to the ceremony.

Will the ceremony be live streamed?
Yes, friends and family can watch the ceremony remotely on our YouTube channel.