Graduations for All will provide staggered ceremonies on June 1-3, 2021 for 4,000 public school graduates. Schools with large graduating classes will be hosted at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s iconic Kezar Stadium. This includes Lowell, Burton, Galileo, Washington, Balboa, O’Connell, Mission, Lincoln, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, Marshall and Wallenberg. Smaller public high schools will enjoy more intimate commencements at SFUSD’s McAteer High School campus overlooking Glen Canyon. This includes The Academy SF, Civic Center Secondary, Downtown, Hilltop, Independence, Ida B. Wells, June Jordan School for Equity, SF International, and Youth Chance.
All graduation ceremonies will comply with state and local health guidance. This includes at least two hours between events for thorough disinfection, breakdown, and set up. All students will be seated 6 feet apart. Each student will receive tickets to bring up to four guests. Family pods of four will sit at least 6 feet from each other in the audience.
Coordinating all graduations at two sites over three days will reduce the costs of set-up, sound systems, and developing COVID-19 safety protocols. Funds are currently being raised to provide audio-visual support so families in the audience can view closeups of their graduates receiving diplomas, as well as to provide livestreaming to loved ones at home. In addition to SFUSD and City resources, support for Graduations for All has been generously provided by LSP Family Foundation, Silver Giving Foundation, Mick and Sabrina Hellman, and the Fisher Family. Donations can be made toward the costs of Graduations for All through Spark* SF Public Schools (select Graduation for All).