Info for Faculty

You are invited to participate in the University’s annual celebration of students' goals achieved and dreams fulfilled—Commencement 2016. The graduate ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 19 and the undergraduate ceremonies will be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 20–22.

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.”

2016 Commencement Ceremonies Dates

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Master's Commencement Ceremony
Laxson Auditorium. Tickets required.
4:30 pm BSS & ECC
7:30 pm BUS, HFA, CME, NS, & IS

Friday, May 20, 2016

College of Agriculture (incl. COA Master's students)
Laxson Auditorium, 4:30 p.m.
5 tickets per student for Laxson Auditorium
Limited number of tickets per student for overflow/video streaming viewing ( until capacity is reached) 
Doors open for guests at 4 p.m. Please be seated no later than 4:20 p.m.

College of Business 
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
University Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
8 tickets per student
Gates open for guests at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The following ceremonies are at University Stadium at 9:00 a.m.

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
College of Engineering, Computer, and Construction Management
University Stadium, 9:00 a.m.
8 tickets per student
Gates open for guests at 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

College of Communication and Education
College of Natural Sciences
University Stadium, 9:00 a.m.
8 tickets per student
Gates open for guests at 7:30 a.m.

Faculty Continental Breakfast

Commencement will host a Faculty/Staff Continental Breakfast in the lobby at Yolo.  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 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will be April 1st.  Please contact the Chico State Wildcat Store for more information: 530-898-6275.

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.

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.

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