Saturday, May 29, 2021, 6:00 PM PACIFIC (Sunday 9:00 AM BEIJING CST)
This year’s virtual ceremony will take place on the SFCM Vimeo channel with real-time comments, as well as will be viewable here on our website (for those who may have difficulty accessing Vimeo directly).
Seven-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist, composer, arranger, educator, curator, and administrator Christian McBride will deliver SFCM’s 2021 commencement address. McBride will also receive an honorary doctorate from the school, which will be conferred in person in 2022.
McBride is one of the most requested, recorded, and respected figures in music today. Host of National Public Radio’s Jazz Night in America, the Philadelphia-born bassist moved to New York City in 1989 to study classical bass at the Juilliard School. Since then, he has worked with legends of music across all genres, including McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Natalie Cole, Sting, the Roots, D'Angelo, Queen Latifah, and Kathleen Battle, among many others.
Learn More about Christian McBride and SFCM's 2021 Commencement >
Cheers to RJAM
2021 marks the first graduates of the Conservatory’s Roots, Jazz, and American Music (RJAM) program.
Several RJAM faculty will perform at the ceremony, including Carmen Bradford singing Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” during the recessional.
A different kind of pomp and circumstance
Get the melody out of your head now, as this year the brass choir has a different processional prepared: Adrienne Albert's Fanfare for 13 Brass.
Amelie-Anna Hinman (BM RJAM) is the speaker for the undergraduate students, while Jonas Fisher (MM Comp) will address the post-graduate students.
When you can't walk the walk...
Talk the talk. Since we can't physically gather this year, we want to celebrate all graduating students the way you want to be recognized. Each graduate will share their favorite SFCM memory or faculty shout-out in a 10-second video clip.
Participation in Commencement
Students that have met all the requirements within their degree program, as confirmed by the Office of Academic Affairs and Registrar, are eligible to participate in Commencement. Students that completed all degree requirements and graduated in Fall Semester ("December graduates") are eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony.