Information for Families & Guests

If you are graduating from the College of Agriculture, click here for additional information.

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.

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Commencement Ceremonies Schedule

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Master's Commencement Ceremony
Laxson Auditorium. Tickets required.
4:30 pm BSS, HFA, NS, IS
7:30 pm CME, ECC, BUS
Click here for more information regarding Masters Commencement.

Friday, May 15, 2015

College of Agriculture (incl. COA Master's students)
Laxson Auditorium, 4:30 p.m.
5 tickets per student for Laxson Auditorium
3-4 tickets per student for overflow/video streaming viewing
Doors open for guests at 4 p.m. Please be seated no later than 4:20 p.m.

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
University Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
8 tickets per student
Gates open for guests at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

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.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

College of Business
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
University Stadium, 9:00 a.m.
8 tickets per student
Gates open for guests at 7:30 a.m.

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Commencement Tickets FAQ's

Please visit our Ticket FAQ page for ticket information.


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.

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Logistics: Getting to Chico, Parking, Seating, and Maps

MapQuest Directions to Chico

Airport Information: Chico Municipal Airport; Sacramento International Airport

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 to commencement to take advantage of the best parking and stadium seating. University Stadium will open Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. 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. See above for ticket information. 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.

Campus Map

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Disabled and Elderly Parking and Seating 

The Student Health Center parking lot and the entire University Stadium lot have been designated for disabled and elderly parking. There will also be two shuttle carts going back and forth from the parking structures on streets 2nd and Ivy, 2nd and Hazel, and 2nd and Chestnut. There are designated waiting areas for the shuttle, or they may be flagged down, for a ride to the arena.

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 and tickets are required for both guests. 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 are two shuttles to the parking structures, which will be available for 30 minutes after the ceremony.

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Hearing Impaired Guests

Guests requesting interpreting services must contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959 or email

Chico Weather Information and Heat Safety

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.

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Medical Emergencies

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.

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The Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony lasts approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. 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.

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Animals at Commencement

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 ( 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.

Refreshments at Commencement

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 for Your Graduate

Flowers bouquets and leis are available for sale at numerous locations in and around University Stadium.

Remembering the Day

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.

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Chico Resources

Please enjoy your time while visiting Chico. Here is a Web link for Chico-area activities.

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