COMMENCEMENT 2020 - May 16th Ceremony CANCELLED

CIIS has decided that, in the interests of preserving the health of our students, families, and community, we will not hold our traditional Commencement Ceremony this year.

Yesterday, the CDC issued guidance that large events scheduled for the next eight weeks be canceled. The ceremony is only slightly after that.

Alternative options to celebrate your accomplishments are being explored and will be communicated as more information is available.  We know how important the ritual and experience of Commencement can be, and look forward to finding ways to honor you and your degree while keeping our community safe.

Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.



March 16, 2020



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Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St. SF CA 94115
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 3PM

Graduates from Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2019 are invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony on May 16, 2020. Exceptions are intended for students who have officially completed all coursework by Spring 2020 and a final semester of practicum in Summer 2020. All graduates must submit an online graduation application via MyCIIS Registrar including those who do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you no longer plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony, please let us know by clicking here.


  • Students who successfully completed their degree requirements in Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020.
  • We are no longer accepting Exception Request for Commencement 2020.
  • Students who successfully defended their dissertation.
  • Please note, participating in a Commencement ceremony does not mean that you have graduated. Degree conferral (graduation) occurs when all requirements are completed. 

For questions about Graduation Application (transcripts, diplomas, etc.), please email Registrar at,
For questions about Commencement Ceremony, please email Student Affairs at


(Also posted on the commencement website- link will be posted soon!)


  • Graduates must arrive at Congregation Sherith Israel no later than 1:15 p.m. with rehearsals (mandatory) starting promptly at 1:30 p.m.
  • As you arrive,  please stop at the Check-In table based on your school and last name to obtain your Graduation Name Card. You must carry this card with you at all times and hand it to the narrator when you approach the platform. 
  • Schools: American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine; School of Consciousness and Transformation; School of Professional Psychology and Health; School of Undergraduate Studies
  • Graduates will be seated together by degree and academic program.
  • The Ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m.
  • Please note: there is no place to store personal belongings so only bring what you can carry on your person. We expect the Ceremony to end around 5:00 p.m.


  • Watch live on Facebook. A link will be provided in Spring 2020.


  • Parking around Synagogue- Check out the parking list here.
  • Please allow yourselves plenty of time to arrive at the commencement ceremony and do not depend on street parking availability.  Be mindful of parking meters as they are enforced on the day of the event from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. 


  • More information will be posted soon. 


  • We are no longer accepting Exception Requests for Commencement 2020. 


  • To Order:
  • The last day to order your Cap & Gown products online is Friday, April 17, 2020
  • 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) Master of Arts, Counseling Psych (white) Master of Science (gold) Bachelor of Arts (white)
  • These videos below describe how to properly maintain and wear your cap and gown.


  • All eligible graduates will receive the e-announcement via email after the February 12th deadline.
  • Here's the link to the Electronic Invitation.


  • We are recommending that each graduate bring no more than six (6) guests to ensure there are enough seats for everyone's guests.
  • Doors to the synagogue will open at 2:15p.m. to all guests.
  • The ceremony begins promptly at 3:00 pm and will last approximately two hours.
  • The synagogue is wheelchair accessible.
  • The Commencement ceremony will be particularly long for young children and going in and out of the synagogue is disruptive to the ceremony. We do not recommend bringing infants and young children to the ceremony, as child care is not available.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: If you need to request accommodations, please contact Student Affairs at with subject Re: Commencement- Accommodations

YOUR NAME & DISSERTATION TITLE: At the commencement ceremony, many students' names and for doctoral students their dissertation titles will be read aloud to the audience. A voice mailbox has been set up for any student concerned that their names may be mispronounced. Please call (415) 575-3439 and extension 3439 and state your name, title, and program so that the announcer may hear and rehearse it before the ceremony.

For more information, please see other important information in the Graduation Guidebook. For inquiries concerning the Institute’s graduation procedures (such as graduation application) please contact the Registrar at and for Commencement ceremony, please contact Student affairs at

Photos from 2018 Commencement are posted on CIIS Facebook 

Graduation Guidelines for CIIS

Please follow the steps in the Graduation Guidebook for Graduation and Commencement procedures:

The Exception Request Form for Commencement 2020 has ended. If you have any questions, please email student affairs at


"Congratulations on your achievement & WELCOME to the CIIS Alumni Association! We are thrilled to have the chance to celebrate this special time with you. Please take a moment to visit our web page at: to see the benefits and career support available to you as an alumnus of CIIS."


CIIS Graduate Celebration

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CIIS First Floor Lobby.  Please RSVP
All graduates, friends and family members invited.

Graduation Celebration

Student Volunteers Needed!

If you're interested, please email Fraylanie Aglipay at

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