2017 graduates

Commencement 2018

Find out about deadlines, featured speakers, reservations and more

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 one's time in the School of Dentistry, and to look ahead to future endeavors.

Faculty: RSVP and Order Your Regalia by April 13

About Commencement 2018

  • When: 11 a.m. June 11
  • Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
  • Who: 2018 graduates of the DDS, IDP and Dental Hygiene programs
  • Live stream: School of Dentistry's YouTube channel
  • Share: Include the hashtag #UCSFDent18 in your posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Recognition Banquet

  • When: May 31
  • Where: Marines' Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco
  • RSVP: Link and details to be announced

Commencement Speaker: Patrick Lloyd, DDS, MS, The Ohio State University

Patrick M. Lloyd, DDS, MS, was appointed dean of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2011, after serving as dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Prior to that appointment, he was chair of Family Dentistry at the University of Iowa; the head of Marquette University's Special Care Dental Clinic; and the national coordinator of Geriatric Dentistry for the Veterans Administration (VA). Dean Lloyd earned his DDS and MS degrees in dentistry from Marquette University, and a specialty certificate in prosthodontics from the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. He is a past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Prosthodontics, and he is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American College of Prosthodontists.

Download Dr. Lloyd's CV

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is a ticket required?
  2. How many guests can graduates invite?
    Six (6). No overflow space is available this year.
  3. 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. There is ongoing road construction on Van Ness Avenue; allow extra time for potential delays.
  4. How long does the commencement ceremony last?
    About two hours.
  5. Can I videotape the ceremony?
    Yes, if you don't obstruct the views of others. Tripods are not allowed. The ceremony also will be viewable live and on demand on the School of Dentistry's YouTube channel.
  6. 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.
  7. Guests with disabilities
    If you need reasonable accommodations for this event, contact Tami Lam in the Office of Student Services by Monday, May 28. Some accommodations (e.g., sign language interpretation and real-time captioning) may take longer to arrange.