2021 Graduation Commencement Ceremony

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will hold its 2021 Graduation Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. PDT to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our residents, fellows, interns, and other trainees who are completing their programs and preparing for the next step in their professional lives. This event will be streamed on this page.

To watch the broadcast, simply click on the play button in the window below any time after 9:45 a.m. PDT on June 18. If you are encountering any difficulties with this page, you can also view the ceremony directly on YouTube.

Also below is a copy of our official commencement program. You can flip through the program and zoom in or out using controls on the page, open the program in a fullscreen window, or download a copy to view on your device.


About this year's commencement speaker: Alissa Peterson, MD

PetersonDr. Alissa Peterson is a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is a graduate of UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Since joining the department faculty in 2009, she has been based primarily at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) on the inpatient psychiatry service. In 2014, she became the Site Director for Psychiatry Residency Training at ZSFG and, in 2015, an Associate Program Director for the residency training program in charge of clinical rotations and program evaluation. Her interest and passion for medical education led to her selection as a Bridges Coach in the School of Medicine in 2017.

Dr. Peterson has won numerous teaching awards over the course of her career at UCSF, including the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award and the American Medical Student Association's Women Leaders in Medicine Award. In 2017, she was inducted into the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry, UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on clinical care, education, research, and advocacy.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

On July 1, 2020, the department will change its name to the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to more accurately reflect the multitude of important behavioral health disciplines that contribute to its work to advance mental health across the life span.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise.

It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals—UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland—as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. UCSF faculty also provide all physician care at the public Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a major branch of the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine.



Looking for last year's ceremony? Watch the 2020 UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Graduation Commencement Ceremony.