Ceremony Information

Commencement 2019

Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St. SF CA 94115
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 3PM

Graduates from Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 are invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony on May 18, 2019. Exceptions are intended for students who have officially completed all coursework by Spring 2019 and a final semester of practicum in Summer 2019. 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 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019.
  • Students who are completing practicum hours, internship, or a course in Summer 2019. You must submit an Exception Request Form and receive approval to walk from Student Affairs (deadline March 1st).
  • 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. 

(Also posted on the commencement website )


  • 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.



  • Check out the parking list here.


  • No need to RSVP; however, if you no longer plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony, please let us know by clicking here.


  • We are no longer accepting exceptions. However, if you would like to walk in the commencement, email Fraylanie Aglipay, Associate Dean of Students, at faglipay@ciis.edu


  • Extended deadline to order regalia. Please read instructions noted in the Announcement Box.
  • https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/.
  • Please enter the full name of California Institute of Integral Studies in the search box.
    • The school name will appear, then click on that to continue. In addition, all late orders are shipped by FedEx air and shipping fee will cost around $30-35.
    • 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)

    • Below is the pricing for regalia:
      • Bachelor Cap, Gown, Tassel- $22.00
      • Master Cap, Gown, Tassel, Hood- $42.70
      • Doctorate Tam, Gown, Tassel, Hood- $64.00

ELECTRONIC ANNOUNCEMENT: You can download this digital announcement (also sent as an attachment in an email sent to all graduates in March). Announcements are useful for sending to your guests or for sharing news of your graduation with friends and family. The announcements serve as a formal memento of the event; please note to your guests that these announcements are NOT tickets to the ceremony.


  • We are recommending that each graduate bring no more than six (6) guests to ensure there are enough seats for everyone's guests.
  • Guests do not need advance tickets
  • 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 studentaffairs@ciis.edu. 

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 registrar@ciis.edu and for Commencement ceremony, please contact Student affairs at studentaffairs@ciis.edu

Photos from 2018 Commencement are posted on CIIS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ciissf/ 

Graduation Guidelines for CIIS

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


The Exception Request Form for Commencement 2019 is no longer available. If you have any questions, please email student affairs at studentaffairs@ciis.edu.

Last Reminders For All Graduates

Please visit the link HERE.

Live Streaming- Join Virtually on the 18th

Graduation Celebration, May 14th 5-7pm at Forgery

Graduation Celebration

Missed the deadline to order regalia?

May 7, 2019

Attention Graduates:

Anyone who missed the deadline to order cap & gown online may contact our Herff Jones rep, Valerie Miller, to place an order. The best way to contact her is through email at vmiller@herffjones.com. Keep in mind, sizes are limited, so you may want to order soon. Anyone who has already contacted her via email will have ordering instructions by end of day.

The deadline to reserve cap & gown is May 14th. Your email should include the degree you are earning: Bachelor, Master or Doctorate in order to give you pricing. 

Graduates who decide to purchase from the rep will be sent an order form to fill out and instructions on picking it up May 18th prior to commencement.

Thanks & Congratulations! 

Valerie Miller

Herff Jones College Di vision
P.O. Box 138
Rio Nido, CA 95471
(707) 869-5722 (office)
(707) 869-5711 (fax)