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2024 Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 16, 2024, 6:00 PM PST 
Herbst Theatre
Located in: San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center
Address: 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

In-person Tickets will be made available to Graduates for their friends and families. This year's commencement will also be livestreamed.

Additional Commencement Week Events are planned to recognize the Graduating Class of 2024 and to celebrate with their families. All relevant commencement activity information and details will be shared directly with the students graduating, and friend and family members should reach out to their graduate for all pertinent information.

2024 Commencement Speaker

Germaine Franco.

Composer Germaine Franco.

Hailed by NPR as a "history-making film composer who never quit the rhythm section" GRAMMY-winning and Oscar-nominated Germaine Franco will speak as part of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s (SFCM) 2024 commencement exercises on May 16 at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. She will also be awarded an honorary doctorate as part of this year's graduating class celebrations.

In 2021, Franco became the first woman to ever score a Disney animated film, writing the score for Encanto, which went on to win a GRAMMY award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. Her work on the film Cocoalso earned her an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature, making her the first Latina to ever win the category.

"I am excited to participate in this joyful journey of pursuing musical excellence together, one note at a time!" Franco said. "We will celebrate the new graduates for their dedication and achievements through many years of hard work, discipline, and grit. I commend their efforts!"