Commencement Ceremonies Ticket Information

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Please note, in order to request commencement tickets you must have registered to participate in ceremonies at least 24 hours in advance of your ticket request in order to accommodate a nightly refresh of the system.

YOU MUST HAVE FILED FOR GRADUATION AND REGISTERED TO PARTICIPATE IN CEREMONIES BEFORE YOU CAN ORDER TICKETS.

College of Agriculture students: On May 5, the COA Outreach Office will begin distributing commencement ceremony tickets. COA students will not be able to order their tickets online. If you are graduating from the College of Agriculture, click here for additional information.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 via live streaming at either Laxson Auditorium or Harlen Adams Theater. A big screen at an outdoor site on campus (Glenn Lawn, near the Rose Garden) will also be set up for all other people who want to watch live streaming of Commencement, and no tickets are required for this venue. 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 three 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.  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. 

What if I need a disability-related accommodation?

If you need a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center: 530-898-5959 or arcdept@csuchico.edu. Accommodations will be provided upon request for people with disabilities, provided the request is made at least seven days prior to the event.

When will tickets be available and how will students receive their tickets?

Students will be able to request tickets starting on April 1 at 9 a.m. 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. 

Is there a charge for tickets?

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

Will there be "extra" tickets?

The ticketing system will close on Wednesday, April 30. If there are any unclaimed tickets, they will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis, on Monday, May 5. (Note: as of 11:30 a.m. on May 5th all additional tickets have been reserved and no additional tickets are available).

Can I buy tickets on Craig's List?

You take a risk purchasing tickets from Craig's List and from individuals that you do not know. Each ticket has a unique bar code. Each ticket can only be used once and once that bar code has been scanned it can no longer be used for entry. If someone were to sell multiple copies of the same ticket, the first person using that ticket will gain admittance to the stadium and all others will be directed to the outdoor viewing area.