You are invited to participate in the University’s annual celebration of students' goals achieved and dreams fulfilled—Commencement 2013—which will be held on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 at the University Stadium.
Commencement is the highlight of the university year, not only for the graduating class but for the faculty, administration, and staff as well. The graduates and their families appreciate having the faculty present to celebrate with them. As a faculty member, you care about our programs, our courses, and, most especially, our students. The University looks forward to your participation in the commencement activities. Our graduates’ memories of the commencement ceremony will be much more meaningful because they had a chance to say thank you and farewell to their professors.
“Commencement is a special time for our graduates and guests. The participation of members of the faculty emphasizes the value and importance of the guidance, leadership, and support given to our students.”
Commencement Ceremonies Dates
Ceremonies begin promptly at 9 a.m. in University Stadium and end no later than 11:15 a.m. We suggest that faculty arrive to the staging area no later than 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
- Communication and Education (including Liberal Studies)
- Natural Sciences
- Humanities and Fine Arts
Stadium Map: Saturday (pdf)
Sunday, May 26, 2013
- Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
Stadium Map: Sunday (pdf)
Faculty Continental Breakfast
The Chico State Office of Alumni and Parent Relations will host a Faculty Continental Breakfast in Yolo Lobby 7:30-8:30 a.m. both days of the ceremonies. Please come by to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and snacks before heading out to the staging area.
Faculty members who are participating in the procession are required to wear regalia. Deadline to order regalia for the 2013 Commencement Ceremonies will be March 29th. Please contact the Chico State Wildcat Store for more information: 530-898-4486.
If you have never ordered regalia before, you will need to provide the following information; height, cap size, last degree, and institution where it was earned.
Regalia rental orders are non-refundable, and the complete package is to be returned or the full replacement price will be charged. Faculty may return rental regalia to the Wildcat Store representatives immediately after the commencement ceremonies.
Regalia can be purchased from the Chico State Wildcat Store for future ceremonies. The Chico State Wildcat Store will host a regalia sale with up to 25% off on Monday, March 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please contact the Wildcat Store to set up an appointment for a fitting and for prices for regalia.
Faculty Processional, Special Seating, and Recessional
Faculty will meet in the staging area (soccer fields behind University Stadium) 30 minutes prior to the ceremony in order to line up for the processional. The Faculty Marshals will get the faculty lined up on the paved road (south side of gate), and you will follow the leading two Faculty Marshals until a chute is formed in order for the graduates to pass through before entering the stadium. Once the deans and department chairs have led the graduates into the stadium, the Grand Marshal then brings the faculty columns down the center aisle and around the seated students to their chairs on the east and west side of the stadium.
During the ceremonies, faculty may greet students from their department at the end of the center stage ramp.
The exit strategy will be to have the faculty create a chute between the graduates seating and the entrance into the stadium for the exiting platform party. The Grand Marshal will collect the platform party and exit the stadium, and the faculty will then follow the platform party out of the stadium. You are then free to leave.