CSU, Chico Commencement

Before the Ceremonies

Apply for Graduation

As a graduating senior you will have to apply for graduation.

Register to Participate in Commencement Ceremonies

Graduating students who intend to participate in the Spring 2016 ceremonies will have to agree to abide to the Commencement Code of Conduct when they register to participate in the ceremonies:

I agree I will: Remain seated in my chair unless instructed otherwise; Not leave until the ceremony is completed and the platform party has departed the stadium; Not be under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance; not be disrespectful to the Commencement speakers, administration, faculty, staff, event volunteers, or fellow students; not bring alcohol, drugs, or distracting objects into the seating area.

To participate in Commencement Ceremonies, you must register to walk. (Registration to participate in Commencement Ceremonies opens March 1 - April 30, 2016) To participate in the additional special ceremonies, contact the person designated for that particular celebration. You will not be able to register online to participate in those celebrations.


GradFest will be held March 1 and 2, 2017 in the BMU. Items available through the Wildcat Store or online include graduation announcements, class rings, diploma holders, and diploma frames. You will also be able to join the Alumni Association, receive information about graduation photos, and insurance (health, dental, vision, auto, home).

Cap and Gown Rental

  • Caps and gowns may be pre-ordered March 1–31 at the Wildcat Store.
  • To pre-order online between March 1-31, visit our website. You will need to enter "California State University Chico."
  • If you miss the pre-order deadline, the Wildcat Store will have cap and gown rentals available starting Thursday, May 11.

The cost for the Bachelor's set is $49.99 and includes cap, gown, tassel, and stole. If you ordered a Grad Pack, there was a voucher included to pay for the rental. You will need to bring this with you to pick up your rental. Student gown returns are at the front of the Wildcat Store in the BMU Mall. The stole, cap, and tassel are yours to keep!

Ceremony Attire

Candidates must wear proper academic regalia in the Commencement Ceremonies. This includes a cap, gown, tassel, and a red stole. It is not necessary to reserve caps and gowns ahead of time.

The cap and gown are black. Tassels vary in color according to majors. The tassel is worn on the right side of the cap until the degree has been awarded. It is then changed to the left side. Please be aware that shoes with very high heels make walking difficult on the grassy areas at the staging area and in the stadium.

Be sure to check that everything you need—cap, gown, tassel, and stole—is included before you leave the Wildcat Store. Please do not alter your academic regalia. Students who alter their regalia or are not dressed in appropriate academic regalia risk not being able to participate in commencement.

Honors Medallions

If you are eligible to receive an honors medallion you will be notified by the dean of your college prior to commencement. Please contact the dean's office of your college for more information.

Pre-order Your Graduation Photos

Your photograph will be taken by GradImages photography three times during the ceremony, twice before you walk on stage, and once as you shake the hand of your college dean and accept your diploma cover. You can pre-register for your photo proofs at GradImages.

Order your Class Rings!

Order your Chico State class ring at Jostens.