Information for Families & Guests
Please note, No Pets, Alcohol, Weapons, or Glass Containers are allowed in University Stadium.
Out of respect to all candidates and their families and guests, we ask that you remain in your seats until the conclusion of the ceremony.
- Commencement Ceremonies Schedule
- Logistics: Getting to Chico, Maps, Parking, Seating
- Disabled and Elderly Parking and Seating
- Hearing Impaired Guests
- Chico Weather Information and Heat Safety
- Medical Emergencies
- The Commencement Ceremony
- Animals at Commencement
- Refreshments at Commencement
- Flowers for Your Graduate
- Remembering the Day
- Chico Resources
- University Stadium (pdf)
- Campus Parking (pdf)
- Chico Chamber of Commerce
- Downtown Chico Business Association
- Local Chico Media:
- Chico Enterprise Record, Chico News & Review, Local Television and Radio
- Resources for the Public: Art Galleries, Museums, and other Campus Resources
Ceremonies begin promptly at 9 a.m. in University Stadium
- Saturday, May 25, 2013
- Communication and Education (including Liberal Studies)
- Natural Sciences
- Humanities and Fine Arts
- Sunday, May 26, 2013
- Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management
Be sure to book lodging reservations early as all hotels and motels fill quickly for commencement weekend. if you are bringing your pets to Chico, please make sure you are staying at a pet-friendly hotel or have made other arrangements for your pet. Animals, Service Animals excepted, are not allowed on the CSU, Chico campus, including University Stadium. View a list of local hotels.
Parking on Campus
Public parking is available in all lots on campus, including the reserved parking lots, and two parking structures, with the exception of the Student Health Center Parking lot and the University Stadium lot, which have been reserved for handicapped/elderly parking.
Ceremony Seating in University Stadium
We suggest that your guests come early the morning of commencement to take advantage of the best parking and stadium seating. University Stadium will open at 7:30 a.m. the day of the ceremony. Guests should bring hats, since the stadium is in the direct sun and can be quite warm and there are no shaded areas available. As there is no reserved seating, guests are advised to arrive early to get seats of their choice. No tickets are needed to get into the stadium. Please note, no alcohol, drugs, glass containers, weapons or animals (Service Animals excepted) are allowed in University Stadium. University Stadium is a smoke-free zone. Personal belongings may be subject to search.
The Student Health Center parking lot and the entire University Stadium lot have been designated for disabled and elderly parking. There will also be one shuttle cart going back and forth from the parking structures on 2nd and Ivy Streets and 2nd and Hazel Streets that you can flag down for a ride to the arena. There are designated waiting areas for the shuttle or it can be flagged down.
Limited ground-level seating is available on both sides of the stadium for guests who cannot use bleacher seating due to physical disabilities. This area is only for the elderly and disabled. One person may accompany the guest with the disability . Other family members are advised to arrive early for choice seating in both the bleachers and ground-level seating. Please know the special seating area also gets filled up and crowded.
Please note there are no wheelchairs available and if you feel you might need one, please consider renting one for the day. For disability-related accommodations please call (530) 898-5959.
When the ceremony is over there won't be any assistance to help people exit. It probably is best you just have patience, enjoy, and wait for the crowd to thin. There is a shuttle to the parking structures, which will be available for 30 minutes after the ceremony.
Guests requesting interpreting services must contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959 or email email@example.com.
Commencement ceremonies are held outside, and temperatures are often in the 90's. To prepare for these warm conditions, please refer to our heat safety website or check out the local weather report. Bottled water is sold in the stadium as a scholarship fundraiser for the Chico State Alumni Association's Chico Chapter. No umbrellas are allowed in University Stadium.
University Police Officers will be on hand to provide any needed assistance, and a life-support vehicle and two bicycle EMT's will be available for emergency situations.
The Commencement Ceremony lasts approximately two hours. Candidates will sit in designated areas according to college. Each candidate will walk across the platform as his or her name is read and will be congratulated by the dean of the college. Out of respect to all the candidates and their families and guests, we ask that you remain in your seats until the conclusion of the ceremony.
While we allow guests who utilize service animals to bring their important companions to commencement, it is inappropriate for animals not trained to deal with large crowds, noise, and confusion to be part of the celebration. Animals are NOT allowed at commencement, except SERVICE ANIMALS required to perform tasks for persons with disabilities. If you have any questions, please contact the Chico State ADA Coordinator at (530) 898-5959. California State Law (http://www.animallaw.info/articles/qvuspetsincars.htm) prohibits leaving an animal inside a confined vehicle, so for the safety and comfort of the animals and our guests, it is important that pets be left at home . We’re sorry, but guests who insist on bringing pets to the ceremonies will be asked to leave immediately. No exceptions will be made for graduates or guests.
Bottled water is available at the north and south ends of University Stadium and proceeds from the sale of water go toward scholarships. Coffee and snacks are available at the south end of the stadium.
Flowers bouquets and leis are available for sale at numerous locations in and around University Stadium.
The Commencement Ceremony does not provide good close-up photo opportunities for your family and guests. Guests are asked to remain in their seats throughout the ceremony and will not be allowed on the field or near the stage. Please be courteous of other guests and sensitive to their sight lines from their seats. Because of this, we have made arrangements with a professional firm, GradImages, to record the moment each student receives their diploma cover.
You have no obligation to purchase anything. You may place orders by:
Phone: 800-424-3686; Fax: 515-472-1830;
Web registration: GradImages website
Graduates can pre-register their own e-mail address and those of friends and family (up to six e-mail addresses total) and GradImages will contact them as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering.
Please enjoy your time while visiting Chico. Here is a Web link for Chico-area activities.