Commencement is a celebratory event — the culmination of years of study and hard work, commemorating a student's completion of the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree program. The bestowal of the ceremonial hood marks a special moment in the presence of family and friends — an opportunity to reflect upon their time in the School of Dentistry, and to look ahead to future endeavors.
About Commencement 2017
- When: Wednesday, June 14, 11 a.m.
- Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
- Who: 2017 graduates of the DDS, IDP and Dental Hygiene programs. Featured speaker: Jeffory Eaton, DDS '83, UCSF volunteer faculty member
- Share: Include the hashtag #UCSFDent17 in your posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Faculty: RSVPs for the ceremony are no longer being accepted.
Frequently asked questions
- Is a ticket required?
- How many guests can graduates invite?
Eight (8): Six tickets for seating in Herbst Theatre; two for seating in the upstairs Atrium Theatre, where the ceremony can be viewed via live-stream.
- How early should guests arrive?
Doors to seating open 45 minutes before the ceremony. Guest seating is first-come, first-served — no assigned reserved seats.
- How long does the commencement ceremony last?
About two hours.
- Can I videotape the ceremony?
Yes, if you don't obstruct the views of others. Tripods are not allowed.
- Will there be a place where graduates can store valuables during the ceremony?
No. Graduates should leave valuables and personal possessions with family or friends.
- Guests with disabilities
If you need reasonable accommodations for this event, contact the Office of Student Services, 415.476.1101, by Monday, May 30. Some accommodations (e.g., sign language interpretation and real-time captioning) may take longer to arrange.