Commencement Frequently Asked Questions
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Following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.
How long is the ceremony?
The University Stadium ceremonies will last approximately two hours.
What if it rains?
The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Individual names may not be read, depending on the severity of the weather. Umbrellas will be allowed in the stadium in the case of rain.
How do I get my cap and gown?
You rent the cap, gown, tassel, and stole (you get to keep the cap, tassel, and stole) at the Wildcat Store. Pre Orders will begin March 1st at Grad Fest 2017.
Wildcat Store hours the weekend of commencement are:
Friday, May 19:
Saturday, May 20:
Sunday, May 21:
When should I arrive for the ceremony?
Graduates should plan to arrive 60 minutes prior to their college ceremony. Please consider travel time, traffic, parking. Students should be dressed in their caps and gowns and should be on the northwest side of the stadium (by the railroad tracks, in between University Stadium and Nettleton Stadium)
Where will I sit during the ceremony?
University Stadium maps, showing college seating areas, will be posted in May.
How early should my guests plan to arrive?
Guests may enter University Stadium 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to start time. Guests may enter 30 min Prior for ceremonies in Laxson Auditorium. If you drive to campus, allow extra time for traffic and parking.
Where should guests park?
There are several parking lots available on campus, and street parking is also available. Please note, no regular parking is available in the University Stadium and Health Center lots to the north and east of the stadium – these are reserved for handicapped/elderly parking. No RVs or campers are allowed in any university parking area. There will be a shuttle available with pick-up stations located at the university parking structures and parking lot located on Second Street between Chestnut Street and Hazel Street. The shuttle will also be available after the ceremony. A parking map will be posted in May.
Are there special parking and seating accommodations for elderly and disabled guests?
Yes, there are accommodations for both parking and seating for elderly and disabled guests. Parking for elderly/disabled is in the Health Center and University Stadium parking lots next to the stadium. A handicapped placard is fine, and elderly occupants will also be able to park in that area, even without a placard.
Limited ground-level seating is available on both sides of the stadium for guests who cannot safely navigate the risers on bleacher seating due to a disability or other mobility limitations. One person may accompany the guest with the disability. (Both guests need tickets to enter the stadium) Other family members are advised to arrive early for choice seating in both the bleachers and ground-level seating.
What should guests bring with them to the ceremony?
We recommend bringing sunscreen and a hat. Please do not bring folding chairs, sun umbrellas or coolers.
May I bring my pet with me to the ceremony?
No animals are allowed in University Stadium, with an exception for service animals.
Are there restrooms available at the stadium?
Yes, see commencement map for details.
Is food available for purchase at the stadium?
Yes, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
What do I do if someone in my party becomes ill or needs assistance during the ceremony?
There is an ambulance located at each end of the stadium. There are also university police inside the stadium. In the event of an emergency, please contact university police, medical personnel, or any event personnel.
What about photographs?
The University has made arrangements with Grad Images.
What other things should I know about the ceremony?
- Flowers: Vendors will sell flower bouquets and leis at various locations on campus and around University Stadium.
- Grad T-Shirts: Grad T-shirts, featuring the names of the graduates who have applied for graduation prior to February 10, 2017, will be available for sale in various locations around the stadium.
- Please note: Alcoholic beverages, balloons, coolers/ice chests, banners, signs, silly string, firearms, beach balls, strollers, and fireworks are not allowed in University Stadium. Intoxicated students and/or attendees will be removed from the ceremonies.
- Smoking is not permitted in or around University Stadium.
How do I get a commencement program?
The commencement program, with the names of potential graduates and program details, will be distributed to candidates when they pick up their name reader card on the day of the ceremony. Students’ names will be listed in the program if they applied by February 10, 2017.
Please note: The presence of your name in the program does not, in itself, testify to completion of your degree.
When will I get my diploma?
Following a favorable review and final evaluation of your records, your diploma will be mailed to the diploma address on file with the Evaluations Office approximately 12 weeks following the ceremony. If you need to update your address, please do so through your CSU, Chico portal account.
Where can I get more information?
Commencement website and Grad Fest on March 1st & March 2nd. We have made every attempt to be thorough here, but if there is something we have missed or you need clarification, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 530-898-5917. The Commencement Office is located in Sierra Hall on the corner of 3rd and Chestnut Street.
Will the Ceremonies be streamed live on the web?
Yes, the ceremonies will be streamed live. A link will be provided on the home page when available.