Master's Commencement Ceremony

Commencement for master's graduates is held annually at the end of the spring semester. The formal ceremony is typically held at Laxson Auditorium on Friday evening of final exam week. The ceremony recognizes the completion of an advanced degree through a traditional hooding ceremony where hoods are draped over the heads and down the backs of robed graduates.

Graduates from the preceding summer and fall, including applicants for spring graduation who have completed all requirements including their culminating activity by the April deadline, are eligible to participate. Students who qualify to participate in the ceremony will receive an e-mail invitation via their university e-mail address in April.

Students wishing to participate in the ceremony must maintain their current e-mail address with the University to ensure  receipt of the invitation.

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

Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony

California State University, Chico's annual commencement for master's graduates, will be held on Friday, May 16th, 2014 in Laxson Auditorium.  A reception will take place on the lawn area outside Kendall Hall.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Graduates from summer and fall 2013, as well as candidates for spring 2014 graduation meeting all degree requirements, are eligible to participate.  Students qualified to participate will receive an invitation in their Wildcat e-mail in April 2014. Students must register on or before April 25 to participate.  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 four (4) tickets for their guests if the number of students participating 2014 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

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (students assemble at 5:15 p.m.)

  • Agriculture

  • 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 to walk in April after the completion of their culminating activity.  Students then have until April 25 to submit their registration.  If the registration is not submitted by April 25, students will not be permitted to participate in the graduate ceremonies.

  • Cap and Gown Rental

Commencement Day Instructions

  • Assembly Instructions
  • The Commencement Ceremony

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 16 in academic regalia, please RSVP no later than May 2 to Marsha Osborne.  (  A reception will follow the ceremony on the lawn outside of Kendall Hall. 

Information for Families & Guests 

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






All commencement-related information will be provided on this website and via 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.