Completing Your Study at SF State

"One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."
Henry Miller, American writer

Congratulations!  You are graduating!  Here are the things you need to do/know before departing the U.S.:

60-Day Grace Period

You should leave the U.S. within 60 days of your program completion date.  Program completion date is the date Grades Available at SF State Gateway or the date you complete culminating experiences (i.e. Thesis, Project, Research, Oral Defense, and Recital).  

For example, if your program completion date is January 6, 2017, you must depart the U.S. by March 6, 2017.  You can travel within the U.S. during the 60-day grace period, but you will not be able to travel in and out of the U.S. during the grace period.

The exceptions to this rule include students who have applied for Post-Completion OPT or change of status and requested transfer to another U.S. school.

On-Campus Employment

You cannot work on-campus beyond your academic program completion date or the last day of finals, whichever comes first.  Please give your on campus employer your notice in advance.

Apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)

If you are graduating and are interested in applying for OPT please follow the instruction here.  If you are travelling after graduation you must submit your OPT application before you leave the U.S.

Transfer to another U.S. School

If you plan to transfer to another U.S. school, please follow the SEVIS transfer out procedures so OIP can release your SEVIS record to your new school.  

Remaining Responsibilities

Make sure that all your academic responsibilities are completed. Pay any outstanding library fines, parking fines, and other campus payment obligations, otherwise you will not receive your grades, transcripts, or diploma.  Logon to SF State Gateway and see if you need to pay anything before you leave.

Final Walk-through

If you live off campus you probably paid a security deposition to your landlord to cover any damage done to your apartment. A walk-through will help you and your landlord agree on if your landlord should keep any of your security deposit.