Graduation Events

Congratulations Seniors!

In the coming weeks you will have many exciting opportunities to celebrate your myriad accomplishments with classmates, teachers, and family. This webpage lists important information and FAQs about graduation events.

Please contact Ms. Caroline Small with any questions. For more dates and details, please view the Graduation Letter 2019. See below for Entrance map of St. Ignatius Church.

Key Dates

Wednesday, May 1 • 1:10pm
Senior Alumnae Pinning at Mercy Chapel 

Thursday, May 9 - May 31 • 7am-4pm Daily
Graduation ticket pick-up
(Parents, please do not park in the pick-up line)

Friday, May 10 • 7-11pm
Junior/Senior Prom at the
Cabernet Sauvignon Commodore Yacht - Ferry Building Port 

Sunday, May 19 • 9:30am-noon
Senior Mother/Daughter Mass & Brunch at Mercy

Monday, May 20 • 9am-3pm
Senior Day of Recollection at Mercy

Tuesday, May 21 • 1:10pm
SBO Assembly & Senior Awards at Mercy Chapel

Thursday, May 23 • 1pm
Closing Liturgy, Cap & Gown Picture at Mercy
(wear your gown, and bring your cap)

Thursday, May 30 • 12:45 - 2pm
Baccalaureate Practice at Our Lady of Angels Church

Friday, May 31 • 7:30am - noon
Graduation Practice at St. Ignatius Church
Buses depart for graduation practice from Mercy - all must ride bus to San Francisco (wear everything---gown, cords, cap, etc.)

Saturday, June 1 • 7pm (students 6:15pm)
Baccalaureate Mass at Our Lady of Angels Church
(wear your gown and dress only--no cap or cords)

Sunday, June 2 • 2pm (students at 1pm)
Graduation Ceremony at St. Ignatius Church
(wear everything--gown, cords, cap, etc.)

Friday, June 7 - 8 • 8:30am
Grad Night at Disneyland

Sisterhood of Mercy Graduates

Graduation FAQs

What do I wear to the Closing Liturgy?

You should wear your graduation gown (ironed), light-colored dress, sensible shoes (no cap, no tassel, and no academic regalia--no cords, pins, etc.). Please bring cap for photo following the liturgy.

What do I wear for the graduation practice at SI?

You should wear your graduation gown (ironed), academic regalia (cords, medals, and pins), tassel, light colored dress, sensible shoes, and cap. You will be taking your graduation photo with the Head of School at this time.

What do I wear for Baccalaureate Mass?

You should wear your graduation gown, light-colored dress, sensible shoes (no cap, no tassel, and no academic regalia--no cords, pins, etc.).

What should I wear to Graduation Ceremony?

Students are required to wear a dress under the graduation gown (no pants). Light-colored dresses are preferred, since the graduation gown is white and bright colors show through. You may wear shoes of your choice, but please be aware that heels should be moderate since you will be walking across a marble floor at graduation.

You should wear your graduation gown (ironed), academic regalia (cords, medals, and pins), tassel, light colored dress, sensible shoes, and cap. Graduates may wear flowers, leis, and other decoration after the ceremony only.

How many graduation tickets do I receive and when?

Each family receives 10 tickets.  Your parent will be able to pick them up from Main Office starting on Thursday, May 9  from 7a.m. to 4 p.m. each day until Friday, May 31.   Family members without tickets may be seated at graduation 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. We have limited tickets, but if you have questions about additional tickets please see Ms. Olives.

Who do I contact regarding ADA access?

Please contact Ms. Small with any special needs for your family: (650) 762-1104 or

ADA Accessibility Map

Map of ADA Accessibility entrance for St. Ignatius Church

Where should I park?

Parking options for graduation day are street parking or the parking garage on Parker Avenue by the Koret Health and Recreation Center, just south of the church.  Parking is free on Sundays, and USF does not ticket on that day.

How long will the ceremony last?

Please allow at least two hours for the ceremony, including time at the end for pictures and gathering on the lawn. 

Conduct at graduation:

The Mercy graduation is a formal ritual, one that takes place in a beautiful church. As the setting suggests, this is different from an athletic event or performance. Please do not clap or yell during the ceremony itself, especially during the time when the names are read. We want every family to be able to hear their daughter’s name. Thank you for respecting the formality and importance of the ceremony.

Does everyone attend Baccalaureate Mass?

You will certainly want to attend the mass since this is the last time your class will celebrate liturgy together. (The Baccalaureate Mass is held at Our Lady of Angels Church. Space is limited at the church so please take that into consideration when inviting people to attend.)

What is Senior Data Collection?

This is a time to talk about college plans, prepare for the transition, and share your college choices!

When do we get our picture taken?

You will be taking your picture receiving your diploma (posed) at the graduation practice. 

Lifetouch will be taking professional photos of seniors at graduation that are available for purchase HERE. Images will be loaded 4-5 days after Graduation. If you wish to receive a notification when the images are available, you can sign up in advance using the same link:

Who do I give my college scholarship information to?

Your college counselor is collecting your college scholarship information. 

Grad Night at Disneyland

Grad Night at Disneyland tickets are available for purchase. We only have 40 tickets available and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis. The bus will depart from Mercy at 8:30am on June 7th and return on June 8th around 12:00pm. 

Cost is $200 which includes ticket and bus fair. 

Contact Coach RG to sign up. You must have your check for $200 and a signed permission slip to buy the ticket. More information is HERE and the permission slip is HERE.

Graduation Gifts

We have a limited number of bears that we are making available only to the graduating class. Bears are $15 each. To learn more, or to make your purchase online, click here.