Commencement Ceremonies Ticket Information

Ticket Information - Frequently Asked Questions


If you are graduating from the College of Agriculture, click here for ticketing information.


Guest tickets have not been required in the past. Why are they required now?
Safety is the first and foremost reason for limiting the number of guests in University Stadium. The large-scale nature of past commencements has resulted in a lack of ADA parking and seating, concerns regarding emergency evacuation procedures and the ability for emergency vehicles to enter the stadium if needed, and the lack of bleacher seating for all of our guests attending the ceremonies. More information about the need for a ticketing process is contained in this message from President Paul Zingg.

How many tickets may students request?
Each student may request up to five tickets. If you do not need five tickets you may allocate unused tickets to a pool of tickets for students who would like more. Unused tickets will be allocated to students needing more in May 2014. Guest tickets cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. We are not responsible for lost, stolen or destroyed guest tickets. Guest tickets are not available at University Stadium.
Additional tickets will be available on a first-come basis for viewing Commencement broadcast live at either Laxson Auditorium or Harlen Adams Theater. A big screen at an outdoor site on campus will also be set up for all other people who want to watch Commencement. Whether in the stadium or at one of the other venues, everyone should be able to view the event.

May guests request their own tickets?
No, only students who have applied for graduation AND registered to participate in commencement ceremonies may request tickets.

Are tickets required for students participating in the ceremonies?
No, tickets are only required for guests attending the ceremonies.

May non-graduating Chico State students get tickets for the Commencement ceremony? 
All guests, including non-graduating students, must have a ticket to enter University Stadium.

Do children need a ticket to attend Commencement? 
Children, ages two and under, do not need a ticket if they are sitting on the lap of an adult.

If a guest is in a wheelchair, will a ticket be required? 
Yes, tickets are required of guests utilizing a wheelchair. There is alternative seating available for persons who, due to mobility restrictions or serious health conditions, can not navigate the stadium stairs.
Tickets are required for this area as well as for general bleacher seating. Students will be able to request tickets to the accessible seating areas at the time they place their ticket order. Each guest requiring special seating accommodations may have one additional guest to accompany them. Please note, tickets for this area are included in the five-ticket allotment each student receives. Additionally, guests who require the service of a sign language interpreter will also require tickets for the alternative seating area.

When will tickets be available and how will students receive their tickets?
Students will be able to request tickets starting on April 1. In order to be eligible for tickets, students must have applied for graduation AND have registered to participate in ceremonies. Please note, only students who have completed these two steps may request commencement ceremony tickets. We are currently reviewing vendors who provide online ticketing services. Ideally, we would like to provide online ordering for commencement tickets. If this is not feasible, tickets will be distributed through the college department offices.

Is there a charge for tickets?
No, there is no charge for tickets regardless of the viewing venue.