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Master's Commencement Ceremony

Important: Students wishing to participate in the ceremony must check their Wildcat e-mail address to ensure  receipt of the invitation to register.

Space is limited.  Students must register with the Office of Graduate Studies to participate in graduate commencement and receive tickets.

California State University, Chico's annual commencement for master's graduates, will be held on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 in Laxson Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.  A reception will take place on the lawn area outside Kendall Hall.  Light refreshments will be provided.  (The reception will cancel if it is raining.)

Students must register on or before April 27 to participate.  Invitations to participate will be sent out to graduating students via their Wildcat e-mail address once they have submitted their completed thesis or project to the Office of Graduate Studies, or for other culminating activities, once the signed Final Progress Sheet is received in the Office of Graduate Studies.

Graduates from summer and fall 2014, as well as candidates for spring 2015 graduation meeting all degree requirements, are eligible to participate.  Students qualified to participate will receive an invitation in their Wildcat e-mail in April 2015. The e-mail invitation includes a reservation form for the graduate to reserve tickets for their guests in Laxson Auditorium.  This e-mail invitation is the only way tickets can be reserved.  Each student is eligible for a maximum of three (3) tickets for their guests if the number of students participating 2015 is similar to the past.  Hence, the importance to submit your reservation form as soon as possible (after receiving the invitation to register in April) so the Office of Graduate Studies can determine the actual number of tickets available for distribution.

Commencement Ceremony Date and Time

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (students assemble at 5:15 p.m.)

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • Business

  • Communication and Education

  • Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

  • Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Natural Sciences

What You Need To Do Before the Ceremonies

Students will receive an invitation via Wildcat e-mail to register in April after the completion of their culminating activity.  Students then have until April 27 to submit their registration.  If the registration is not submitted by April 27, students will not be permitted to participate in the graduate ceremonies.  (Graduates who finished in summer and fall 2014 will also receive an invitation to register.  They, too, must submit their registration by April 27.)

Commencement Day Instructions

Information for Faculty

  • Faculty registration: Faculty will be seated behind the platform party on the stage in Laxson.  If you would like to join us on May 14 in academic regalia, please register no later than May 4. 
  • The Chico State Wildcat Store deadline for taking orders for faculty regalia rentals for the Commencements ceremonies in May is mid-April.  Please contact the Wildcat Store for any questions. The rental fee for the entire package is $47.50 plus sales tax

Information for Families & Guests 

Note: all University and City parking regulations are enforced during the ceremony.

 Helpful Links 

  • GradImages is the official photographer for Commencement.  Your proofs will be available after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail.  If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at

    Pre-register with GradImages by visiting and clicking on the Pre-Event Registration at the bottom of the page. This provides you with the most correct and up-to-date contact information and ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. You may register your email and up to six emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos. 
  • CSU, Chico Graduation Portraits
  • Final Clearance for Degree and Receipt of the Diploma
  • Life After Graduation
  • Undergraduate Commencement
  • 2014 Special Celebrations 
  • Exceptions to Walk in Commencement Procedure  

All commencement-related information will be provided on this website and via Wildcat e-mail to all students who have applied for graduation and have completed all graduation requirements.  The information provided is subject to change.  Please check back frequently.