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					     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
Graduation Packet

                    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
                                                                                                                                                                                            Graduation Contacts
                                                                             or on Gough Street between Fulton and Grove.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Graduation Packet
                    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            . . . . . . . . (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.                                                                                                                                                   . . . . . . . . . (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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 General Info
                                                                             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,                                                     . . . . . . . . . (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      . . . . . . . . . (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 . . . . . .. (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 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
                                                                                                                                    GRADUATION APPLICATION
                    •At the third traffic light turn left onto McAllister.   Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San                                                          . . . . . . . . . . (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 Applications must       MAA, DFVP, ADV
                    The East Bay                                                                                                                                                    . . . . . . . . . . (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.                                                                                                                                       . . . . . . . . . . (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.                             . . . . . . . . . . (415) 276-4005
                    •Continue two blocks to Van Ness Avenue and turn

                    The North Bay                                                                                                   IMPORTANT DATES 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                             IMPORTANT WEBSITES
                    •Cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
                                                                                                                                    Portfolio Shows                 Thursday, March 25                              
                    •Follow the signs to Downtown via Lombard St.
                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday, June 17
                    •Turn right onto Van Ness Avenue.                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday, Sept. 23
                    •Continue Southbound to McAllister Street.                                                                                                      Thursday, Dec. 16                     
                                                                                                                                    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.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       C OMMENCEMENT
                         & 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Graduation Packet
Graduation Packet

                    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
Portfolio Show

                    -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:                                                                           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
                                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

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