Commencement Day Instructions for University Stadium Ceremonies

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

Please note, No Pets (Service Animals excepted), Alcohol, Drugs, 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.

Assembly Instructions
The Commencement Ceremony

Assembly Instructions

Assembly: Fields 6 & 7

Friday: 6:30 p.m.
Sat./Sun.: 8:00 a.m.

There are no rehearsals for the Commencement Ceremonies. On the day of commencement, arrive at the staging area (the playing field between Nettleton Stadium and University Stadium) by 6:30 p.m. on Friday or 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, dressed in your cap and gown. Please bring your Chico State ID with you to commencement as you will be asked to show identification. Access to the staging area is from the south end of the University Stadium (by Yolo Hall). Please note, only graduating students and faculty and staff participating in commencement are allowed in the staging area. No family members or friends are allowed in the staging area.

Students should look for large signs identifying the various college check-in stations. Staff members and faculty marshals will be available near the staging area to give assistance. Go directly to your college table where you will be given a card with your name on it. (Please do not lose the card. You will present it to the reader on the platform during the ceremony.) Proceed to your lineup area near the table. Your dean and department chair will organize the line, give you final instructions, and lead you to your seat in the stadium.

At the staging area, students will receive a commemorative program listing the names of all candidates eligible for graduation, who applied for graduation by February 12, 2016. Guests attending the ceremony will receive a day program listing speakers and the order of the ceremony and no commemorative programs will be sold or otherwise available.

No extra robes, caps, tassels, or collars will be available in the staging area. Only approved regalia may be worn at commencement. Apparel deemed inappropriate may be confiscated.

The procession leaves the staging area promptly at 7:25 p.m. on Friday and 8:55 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the walk into the stadium. Grand marshals and their teams of faculty marshals are in charge of the ceremonies, and your cooperation with them is necessary and appreciated. Water fountains and restrooms are available in the staging area and candidates should take advantage of the facilities 15 minutes before the ceremony.

If you arrive late, after the ceremony has started, please find one of the faculty marshals and they will direct you to where you can sit.

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The Commencement Ceremony

Each ceremony will last approximately 2½ hours. Ceremonies are held rain or shine. 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 their college. 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. Graduates will process out of the stadium after the departure of the platform party.

University Police Officers will be on hand to provide any needed assistance, and a life-support vehicle and two bicycle EMTs will be available for emergency situations. Water will be provided to students at their seats and Porta-Potties are also available inside the graduates seating area for student use only.

Please let your guests know the following items are available for purchase at University Stadium:
  • Coffee and snacks
  • Water - $2 per bottle and proceeds go towards Chico State Alumni Association scholarships
  • Flower Bouquets and Leis are for sale at numerous locations
  • 2016 Graduation T-shirts - listing the names of students who have filed for graduation before February 12, 2016.

There is a zero tolerance policy at commencement for alcohol and drugs. Students and guests determined to be impaired will be removed from
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