Graduation Information for Seniors

Parents of the Senior Class of 2018, 

Now that graduation draws near, the faculty and administration of Saint Ignatius would like to take a moment to thank each of you for your continued cooperation during the past four years.  On the day of graduation, you rightfully share in your son/daughter's joy and celebration. Without your support and guidance, this day could never come to pass.

In this letter, you will find expectations for norms of student conduct with regard to graduation and the surrounding Class of 2018 activities.  Thank you for your cooperation in advance.  We look forward to celebrating these capstone events together. Moreover, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all of you of our expectations regarding parental cooperation in these final months with direction from our Grad at Grad.  In our Student Parent Handbook we ask that parents partner with us the faculty and administration of St. Ignatius College Preparatory as we commit to "...creating an alcohol and drug free environment at school, and all school activities." We at St. Ignatius also expect parents to  "...monitor the use of your home as a healthy gathering place for young people…". Furthermore: "We expect that students' activities in private homes reflect the same values and philosophy, and we encourage parents to communicate with other parents to achieve these ends."  Let's make sure our partnership regarding the rules of the school is maintained throughout these weeks leading up to our commencement ceremonies.

Experience has taught us that a definite timetable and certain procedural guidelines are necessary to assure a successful graduation.  We submit them to you and ask that you cooperate on this, our final exercise together.

  1. Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Senior Prom, Hyatt Embarcadero. Read more information about the prom here.
  2. Monday, May 21, 2018, we will honor our graduating seniors with a senior class holiday.
  3. Academic Awards will be presented at a school Assembly on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 9:30 am in the school gymnasium.  Parents are invited to attend. Seniors are required to attend.
  4. Mandatory graduation practices will begin on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in the school gymnasium. Students with last names beginning A - L should report at 1:00 pm.  Students with last names beginning M – Z report at 1:45 pm. Practice will last approximately 45 minutes for each group. Regular school attire is acceptable for this practice. Caps and gowns will be distributed at the Wednesday practice, along with their Baccalaureate and Graduation tickets.
  5. ALL STUDENTS must also attend the mandatory practice on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 1:30 pm in St. Ignatius Church on Fulton Street.  Students should plan on being at practice until approximately 3:30pm. For this practice, the boys are asked to wear a dress shirt and slacks. The girls are asked to wear dresses or nice pants/skirts and blouses, and the same shoes you plan on wearing graduation day.  Seniors who miss practices cannot participate in the graduation exercises. Parking is available at the Koret Center, make sure your student is on time.
  6. A Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm at St. Ignatius Church on the USF Campus.  All seniors and parents are expected to attend. Seniors are to meet at 6:45 pm at the main entrance of the USF Library.  A reception will immediately follow the Mass at McLaren Complex located on the USF campus. In order to be admitted to the Baccalaureate Mass you will need to have a ticket. We allot FOURtickets per family for the Baccalaureate. There are NO extra tickets for Baccalaureate Mass. These tickets will be handed to the graduates at Graduation practice on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  7. Commencement Exercises will take place at War Memorial Gym on the University of San Francisco campus on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10:30 am. Doors to the USF gym will open at 9:15 am.  Seniors are to meet at 9:30 am in front of the University Center. In order to be admitted to the Baccalaureate Mass you will need to have a ticket. Seating for Graduation will be limited to EIGHT tickets per family. Although the ceremony begins at 10:30 am, please note that the graduates will begin to process into the gym at 10:10 am.  These tickets will also be handed to the graduates at Graduation practice on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Lastly, you or your extended family may watch the graduation from the comfort of your own home on this website:
  8. Attire and grooming for the Baccalaureate Services and Graduation Exercises:
    1. Ladies:  Dress, skirt or dressy trousers with blouse; no flip-flops, dress shoes only.  No dyed or bleached hair, and no facial piercings or jewelry. 
    2. Gentlemen:  Dress shirt and tie; no flip-flops, dress shoes only.  Hair and sideburns properly trimmed in accordance with school policy, and no facial hair.  No dyed or bleached hair, and no facial piercings or jewelry.
  9. Cap and gown will be worn in the conventional manner without modification.  Any adornments to be worn must be issued by the school. Graduating seniors are encouraged to wear their retreat crosses.
  10. Please no balloons, flowers, or leis until after the graduation ceremony.
  11. All library books and athletic equipment must be returned.
  12. Any misconduct during practices, Baccalaureate Mass or the Graduation ceremony may result in the student not receiving his/her diploma.
  13. Senior pranks are considered misconduct.  Offenders will be liable for disciplinary action, which may include non-participation in the Commencement Exercises or may result in the student not receiving his/her diploma.                                                                                       *Note:  It is absolutely essential that all seniors attend all graduation practices, please refrain from asking for exemptions.

Again, on behalf of the entire St. Ignatius Faculty and Staff, thank you for the pleasure of serving you these past four years.  We wish every blessing for you and your son/daughter.

William M. Gotch & Tasia A. Davis
Deans of Students         

Parking and Transportation:

  • Disabled Person (DP) Parking will be at the upper Memorial Gym Lot, east of gym, and will be first come first served.  Vehicle must clearly display valid DMV DP placard, issued to an mobility impaired occupant in the vehicle at the time of parking.  Please display placard on rear view mirror, prior to entering lot so it is visible to security.  Be prepared to present current DP registration.
  • Faculty and Staff limited parking will be available in the Hayes-Healy Lot, lower lot east of gym, with a valid SI Graduation placard.  Please see Director of Security to obtain a placard, first come first served.  Staff car permits are not the same as Graduation Placard.   See below for additional parking lots.
  • Parent, Student and Guest Parking: Parking lots will all be available for Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation are located at KORET Center (Upper and Lower) at Turk/Parker; EDUCATION LOT at Turk and Tamalpais Terrace, LAW SCHOOL at Fulton/Shrader and LONE MOUNTAIN CIRCLE and LOYOLA LOT off Turk Blvd.
  • UBER OR LYFT: Drop off zones located on Fulton in front of Church for Baccalaureate Mass and Golden Gate Avenue in front of Memorial Gym for Graduation.
  • NO PARKING ALLOWED: On neighborhood side streets and terraces, off Golden Gate Avenue, between Parker and Masonic.
  • Daily parking permits at all lots will not be required.
  • You can find directions to USF here.
  • You can find a campus transportation map here.
  • You can find where to park on this map. (All lots are available to parents & no cars will be cited in these lots.)
  • Students and faculty should line up for graduation according to directions on this map.

Again, on behalf of the entire St. Ignatius Faculty and Staff, thank you for the pleasure of serving you these past four years. We wish every blessing for you and your son/daughter.