What You Need To Do Before The Ceremonies
- Commencement Ceremony Dates
- Special Ceremonies
- Apply for Graduation
- Register to Participate in Commencement Ceremony
- Order Tickets for Commencement - FAQ's
- Cap and Gown Rental
- Honors Medallions
- Pre-order Your Graduation Photos
College of Agriculture: 7:45 a.m., Laxson Auditorium (Check back in early 2014 for additional information regarding this ceremony)
Saturday, May 17
The following ceremonies are at University Stadium at 9:45 a.m..
· Behavioral and Social Sciences
· Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management
Sunday, May 18
The following ceremonies are at University Stadium at 9:45 a.m..
· Communication and Education (including Liberal Studies)
· Humanities and Fine Arts
· Natural Sciences
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
To participate in Commencement Ceremonies, you must register to walk. (Registration to participate in Commencement Ceremonies opens March 5 - April 30, 2014) 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.
Guest tickets have not been required in the past. Why are they required now?
Safety is the first and foremost reason for limiting the number of guests in University Stadium. The large-scale nature of past commencements has resulted in a lack of ADA parking and seating, concerns regarding emergency evacuation procedures and the ability for emergency vehicles to enter the stadium if needed, and the lack of bleacher seating for all of our guests attending the ceremonies. More information about the need for a ticketing process is contained in this message from President Paul Zingg.
How many tickets may students request?
Each student may request up to five tickets. If you do not need five tickets you may allocate unused tickets to a pool of tickets for students who would like more. Unused tickets will be allocated to students needing more in May, 2014. Guest tickets cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. We are not responsible for lost, stolen or destroyed guest tickets. Guest tickets are not available at University Stadium.
Additional tickets will be available on a first-come basis for viewing Commencement broadcast live at either Laxson Auditorium or Harlen Adams Theater. A big screen at an outdoor site on campus will also be set up for all other people who want to watch Commencement. Whether in the stadium or at one of the other venues, everyone should be able to view the event.
May guests request their own tickets?
No, only students who have applied for graduation AND registered to participate in commencement ceremonies may request tickets.
Are tickets required for students participating in the ceremonies?
No, tickets are only required for guests attending the ceremonies.
Can non-graduating Chico State students get tickets for the Commencement ceremony?
All guests, including non-graduating students, must have a ticket to enter University Stadium.
Do children need a ticket to attend Commencement?
Children, ages two and under, do not need a ticket if they are sitting on the lap of an adult.
If a guests is in a wheelchair, will a ticket be required?
Yes, tickets are required of guests utilizing a wheelchair. There is an accessible seating area for elderly/disabled guests, including wheelchair seating, and tickets are required for this area as well as for general bleacher seating. Students will be able to request tickets to the accessible seating areas at the time they place their ticket order. Each guest requiring special seating accommodations may have one additional guest to accompany them. Please note, tickets for this area are included in the five-ticket allotment each student receives.
When will tickets be available and how will students receive their tickets?
Students will be able to request tickets starting on April 1. In order to be eligible for tickets, students must have applied for graduation AND have registered to participate in ceremonies. Please note, only students who have completed these two steps may request commencement ceremony tickets. We are currently reviewing vendors who provide online ticketing services. Ideally, we would like to provide online ordering for commencement tickets. If this is not feasible, tickets will be distributed through the college department offices.
Is there a charge for tickets?
No, there is no charge for tickets regardless of the viewing venue.
GradFest will be held March 5th and 6th, 2014 from 10 a.m.. to 5 p.m. in the Wildcat Store. 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 rentals begin on Friday, May 9 and continue through Sunday, May 18.
Please go to BMU 210 to pick up your cap and gown rental
Friday, May 9: 9 a.m.. - 4:30 p.m.
Sat./Sun., May 10-11: noon - 4 p.m.
Mon. - Thurs., May 12 - 16: 9 a.m.. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 16: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 17: 7:30 a.m.. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 18: 7:30 a.m.. - 5 p.m.
The cost for the Bachelor's set is $43.95 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!
For more information, click here.
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. Proper attire for wear with the gown is slacks and sports shirts for men and skirts and blouses or dresses for women. Robe length should fall between mid-calf and upper ankle. 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.
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.
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