D IRECTIONS “Go confidently in the direction of your
dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
TO C OMMENCEMENT
-Henry David Thoreau
Inside this packet... G RADUATION
The Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue
Parking P ACKET
San Francisco, California 94102 Performing Arts Garage (415 252-8238) You will find the information you need regarding
The Herbst Theatre is located in the War Memorial
Enter on Grove Street between Franklin and Gough, graduation and commencement for students of
The Art Institute of California - San Francisco. This
or on Gough Street between Fulton and Grove.
Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue at There are eight parking spaces for persons with includes: Questions about the Commencement
McAllister Street. The Veterans Building is accessible disabilities, two on each level. Two accessible Ceremony?
from the Van Ness Avenue entrance. An automatic elevators serve all floors of the garage. * Graduation Requirements Tera Porterfield-Balog, Associate Dean of
door is located at the north end of the main SStudent Affairs
building entrance. The Herbst Theatre is accessible Civic Center Garage (415 863-1537) * Portfolio Show Information firstname.lastname@example.org. . . . . . . . . (415) 276-4028
from the Veterans Building main lobby. Entrances Enter on McAllister Street between Polk and Larkin.
to the Veterans Building are open on a daily basis * Commencement Ceremony Information Questions about your Clearance Form,
There are eight parking spaces for persons with
from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Doors into the Herbst disabilities on Level 1. Three accessible elevators Eligibility or Grad Application?
Theatre lobby and auditorium open ½ hour prior to * Graduation Clearance Form Halley Elwell, Assistant to the Registrar
serve all floors of the garage.
performances. email@example.com. . . . . . . . . . (415) 276-6785
* Graduation Calendar
Blue Curb Parking Designations
Wheelchair accessible seating is available in the Several blue curb parking spaces are situated on Questions about your Diploma?
* Phonetic Spelling Form
Orchestra and Dress Circle levels of the auditorium.
streets immediately surrounding the War Memorial Cindy Shelton, Registrar
Aisle seats with swing-up armrests are available in and Performing Arts Center including Grove Street, firstname.lastname@example.org . . . . . . . . . (415) 276-1028
* Diploma Mailing Form
the Orchestra and Dress Circle Levels. Franklin Street, Van Ness Avenue and McAllister
Street. Questions about Career Advising?
Donna Dessart, Director of Career Services
Directions ELIGIBILITY FOR GRADUATION
All students who have completed the degree email@example.com . . . . . . . . . (415) 276-4002
If you are traveling from... Public Transportation requirements are eligible to graduate. The quarter
before the student intends to graduate, he or she Larisa Dzwonczyk, Career Services Advisor:
The South Bay or Peninsula Public transit information and trip planning for the GD
•Take 101 North to the 9th Street Exit.
must complete a Graduate Application, and is
entire San Francisco Bay Area, including required to participate in the quarterly portfolio firstname.lastname@example.org . . . . . .. (415) 276-4014
•At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto 9th St. information about accessible lines and paratransit,
•Continue northbound across Market Street. You are
can be found online at 511.org or by dialing “511” Will Ellis, Career Services Advisor:
now on Larkin Street. from any of the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, FD, FM, FMM, WDIM
•At the third traffic light turn left onto McAllister. Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San email@example.com . . . . . . . . . . (415) 276-4006
Graduation Applications are due the last day of
•Continue two blocks to Van Ness Avenue and turn Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma). Registration week in the quarter before the student
left. Amber Kostik, Career Services Advisor:
intends to graduate. Graduation Applications can
be downloaded at aicasfjobs.com. Applications must MAA, DFVP, ADV
The East Bay firstname.lastname@example.org . . . . . . . . . . (415) 276-4015
•Take I-80 West, via the Bay Bridge to the 9th
be typed, signed by the student’s Academic Direc-
Street/Civic Center Exit
tor and Career Services Advisor and submitted to
•Stay right on the exit ramp. Turn left onto Harrison
the Registrar. Applications submitted after the due Philippa Manley, Career Services Advisor:
date are subject to a late fee of $50. GAD, VGP, AP
•Turn right onto 9th St. email@example.com . . . . . . . . . . (415) 276-4003
GRAD KICK OFF MEETINGS
•Continue northbound across Market Street. You are
All students who intend to graduate must attend a Cori Miller, Career Services Advisor:
now on Larkin Street.
GRAD KICK OFF event the quarter before they ID, CUL, CM
•At the third traffic light turn left onto McAllister.
intend to graduate. firstname.lastname@example.org . . . . . . . . . . (415) 276-4005
•Continue two blocks to Van Ness Avenue and turn
The North Bay IMPORTANT DATES 2010
•Cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
Portfolio Shows Thursday, March 25 aicasfjobs.com
•Follow the signs to Downtown via Lombard St.
Thursday, June 17
•Turn right onto Van Ness Avenue. alumniconnections.com/ArtInstitutes
Thursday, Sept. 23
•Continue Southbound to McAllister Street. Thursday, Dec. 16 aicasfportfolioshow.com
Commencement Ceremonies Friday, June 18
Friday, Dec. 17 Facebook Group: Career Services at The Art
Institute of California- San Francisco
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C AREER S ERVICES “Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world.”
& P ORTFOLIO S HOW R EQUIREMENTS -Nelson Mandela C EREMONY
Career Services ACADEMIC REGALIA ATTIRE
All graduates must wear cap and gown– NO
Portfolio Show Committee will review the speeches and select a speaker.
FOR YOUR CAREER SERVICES ADVISOR EXCEPTIONS. Academic regalia for all graduates must An audition may be required and, if selected, you must
-A career consultation to register with Career be purchased from the Supply Store. Cost includes a rehearse your speech with the Director of Public
Portfolio Show is the time to showcase your work to keeper cap, gown, and tassel. Bachelors will wear a red
Services and discuss your career goals is required. Your employers, family, friends and The Art Institute of Relations prior to the commencement ceremony.
Career Services Advisor will gather information to assist tassel and Associates will wear a red/black tassel. IF YOU
California - San Francisco community. ARE AN EXTRA LARGE OR PETITE SIZE you may
you in planning your job search. This meeting must take DIPLOMAS & PROGRAMS
place during weeks 4-8 before graduation. need to special order so please go to the Supply Store as Please make sure you have filled out a Diploma Mailing-
FOR YOUR PRESENTATION AT THE SHOW soon as possible. The cost for the attire is $28.00.
-An 8.5”x 11” mounted identity sign with your name, form and turned it into the Registrar. At the ceremony,
-An electronic PDF and Word version of your resume degree and logo. This should match your business cards. graduates will receive a diploma cover, but not their
and cover letter for emailing to potential employers. THE CEREMONY diploma, which will be mailed during Week 6 of the
Arrive at the auditorium no later than 8:15am. Check in following quarter.
-At least 30 professional resumes that have been will end at 9:00am. This allows time for rehearsal, to find
-A DVD of demo reel. approved by Career Services and at least 30 business your friends, make final checks of your graduation regalia
cards with logo. If you do not attend commencement and would like a
-Your profile and artwork uploaded on the and to line up for the processional. If you arrive after diploma cover, or if you would like a variation of your
Ai Portfolio Site: ai.ourstudentportfolios.com. 9:00am, you must notify a Peer Mentor or member of legal name printed on your diploma, contact Cindy Shel-
-Business card holder for your cards.
Student Affairs to check in. Rehearsal will begin inside ton before diplomas are mailed. Your name will appear
-Practice Interviews: All students should have had a the auditorium around 9:00am. If you arrive late you will
-For media majors, at least 10 copies of your DVD reel. in the program as indicated in our AiCA-San Francisco
mock interview in their Career Development class. If be unable to march into the auditorium and be seated database if you have completed degree requirements. The
you need a refresher, schedule with your Career Services with your fellow graduates. The processional will begin
-No tablecloths, knick knacks, or art that is not part of presence or absence of your name in the program does
Advisor. at 10:00am. Stage party, faculty and students will march
your portfolio. not, in itself, testify to completion or non-completion of
into the auditorium and will be seated by department. your degree.
A Message from -Wear professional clothing. The definition of
professional varies by major. JEANS ARE NOT Following the processional, the President, Dean of AWARDS & HONORS
Career Services PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING. If you have
questions about your dress for that day, discuss it with
Academic Affairs, guest speaker and student speaker will
present, after which the degrees will be conferred upon
The AiCASF Catalogue lists the awards given to
outstanding students in the various degree programs and
your Career Services Advisor. the graduates. Each of the graduates will then proceed to departments. Honor graduates will receive an honors
*According to the Employment & Training
the stage, where their name will be read. When all of the cord to wear with their regalia. Honors cords will be
Administration, over your lifetime a bachelor’s
-Bring your own powerstrip and laptop if you want to degrees have been awarded there will be a recessional out distributed to the appropriate graduates during check-in
degree will help you earn, on average, a mil-
show your work digitally. We will have a large screen TV of the auditorium. The ceremony should take on the morning of Commencement. There will also be a
lion dollars more than someone with a high
to show the looped reel for GAD/MAA/MFA/VGP. approximately 1 ½ hours. presentation of best portfolio at the ceremony.
school diploma. An associate’s degree means
an average of a half million dollars than some- SEATING
EMPLOYER INTERVIEWS ALCOHOL POLICY
one with only Graduates from each department will be seated together
Employers may attend Portfolio Shows to recruit. The The School’s non-alcohol policy will be enforced at all
a high school diploma. in the auditorium. The doors to the auditorium will
employer may invite you to interview on Portfolio Show Commencement activities. Alcoholic beverages will not
day or may ask you to schedule an appointment at a later open for guests on a first come first serve basis at 9:30 be permitted in the auditorium.
*According to the 2000 US Census Bureau, 15.5 am. Each graduate will be given 6 tickets to distribute to
time. They will want to review and discuss your work
percent of the population 25 years of age and friends and family.
with you. You must be ready to present yourself THEATRE POLICY
older holds at least a Bachelor’s degree. Adults
professionally by dressing in appropriate interview Food and beverages are not permitted inside the theatre.
with a bachelor’s degree earn, on average, STUDENT SPEAKER
attire, have extra copies of your resume, cover letters and All food and beverage must be consumed prior to
$57,220 a year, while those with a high school We invite students to represent the graduating class and
business cards on hand, and be sure to have your calendar entering. Additionally, balloons are not permitted inside
diploma earn only $35,725 student body by speaking at graduation to graduates,
or day planner ready. Please notify your Career Services the theatre. Please inform your friends and family of this
Advisor before leaving to interview with an employer. family, faculty, staff and guests. It’s great for your resume, policy.
STAY AT YOUR TABLE AT ALL TIMES. an honor to be included on the program and to be the
voice of your class. ANNOUNCEMENTS
PORTFOLIO CARD ANNOUNCEMENTS You can order announcements through the supply store
“The future belongs to those who believe in Your Career Advisor will email you the electronic invita- You must have a 2. 5 cumulative GPA, be in good or online at www.jostens.com.
the beauty of their dreams.” tion to the Portfolio Show. You must send the invitation disciplinary standing with the school, have all school
to AT LEAST 20 of your industry contacts. Over 30% assignments complete by established deadlines and have MORE INFORMATION
-Eleanor Roosevelt been an active member in the Ai community. Submit a For questions regarding the commencement activities
of the industry professionals that attend the show do so
because a GRADUATE invited them to attend. draft of a 3-5 minute speech to the Director of Student please contact the Director of Student Development.
Development by the Friday of Week 7 on quarters when a
graduation ceremony is held. The Graduation