What You Need To Do Before The Ceremonies
Information on Special Ceremonies can be found here.
As a graduating senior you will have to apply for graduation through Academic Evaluations
Records and Registration (Academic Evaluations, Graduation Fee, and Diploma Information)
Student Services Center, Room 110
Register to Participate in Commencement Ceremonies
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.
Commencement Tickets- FAQ's
Please visit our Ticket FAQ page for ticket information.
If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center: 530-898-5959 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Accommodations will be provided upon request for people with disabilities, provided the request is made at least seven days prior to the event.
GradFest will be held March 1st and 2nd, 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).
If you miss the pre-order deadline, the Wildcat Store will have cap and gown rentals available at the following times:
Thursday, May 12:
Friday, May 13:
Saturday, May 14:
Sunday, May 15:
Mon.–Thurs., May 16–19:
Friday, May 20:
Saturday, May 21:
The cost for the Bachelor's set is $49.99 and includes cap, gown, tassel, and stole. If you had 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!
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.
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 by visiting the GradImages website.
Order your Class Rings!
Order your Chico State class ring here.