Before Graduation

Authorization to Begin Closeout Form

All graduating students must receive an Authorization to Begin Closeout Process form from their Group Practice Leader (GPL). The authorization form is a checklist of items students must complete to clear from the school. Each student should return the form to the GPL, who will then inform the student when to pick up the closeout form from Robert Kim, Business Office, located in 4B22.

Each student must have completed the closeout process prior to commencement in order to receive a diploma.

Application to Participate in Commencement and Academic Regalia

Students will receive an email during Winter and Spring Quarters 2019 to complete a survey to participate in commencement and to order their regalia. There is no charge to students to rent the academic regalia (cap, gown, hood, and tassel). Replacement cost if rentals are not returned are $370.90 (Doctor), $249.80 (Master), and $191.90 (Bachelor).

Regalia Distribution

Regalia rentals have been distributed by the Office of Academic Affairs as of June 5, 2019. 

On-Stage Hooding Requests

Students may invite their parents who are dentists or alumni of the Dugoni School of Dentistry to participate in their on-stage hooding as they walk the stage to receive their diploma. Juliet Carrillo ( in the Dugoni Dental School's Dean's office will be coordinating hooding at the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Seating

Each graduate receives their diploma alphabetically within their respective degree program. To ensure that candidates get the correct diploma and that the proper name is read, each candidate is assigned a specific seat. The seating assignments listed below to determine which section, row and seat number you have been assigned.

Commencement Ceremony

Students should plan to arrive at least one hour before the start of the ceremony. The ceremony begins at 2:00 pm at The Masonic on 1111 California Street in San Francisco. The garage at the Masonic will charge $35 for parking. Please give yourself extra travel time due to expected heavier traffic around the Masonic.