CSU, Chico Will Hold 127th Commencement Exercises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 05-12-2017

CONTACT: Ashley Gebb
TEL: 530-898-4435

Approximately 3,530 undergraduate and 275 graduate students will take part in California State University, Chico's 127th Commencement next week, starting Wednesday, May 17, and continuing through Sunday, May 21.

In addition, community partner and concrete industry leader Doug Guerrero will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during Sunday’s ceremony to recognize his extraordinary dedication and service to the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program and its students, as well as his leadership on the University Foundation Board of Governors. Guerrero cofounded the University’s CIM program, making Chico State home to the first such program in the Western U.S. and one of only four in the country, and he is active in the Chico CIM Patrons—a philanthropic group of individuals and organizations that have donated more than $3.6 million to support the program.

Guerrero is a former U.S. Navy lieutenant and he holds an executive MBA from St. Mary’s College of California and a BS in architectural engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Before retiring to Chico in 2007, he held executive positions at some of the largest cement and concrete companies in the world.

Master’s degree recipients will participate in one of two Commencement ceremonies Thursday, May 18, at Laxson Auditorium. The exercises start at 4:30 p.m. with the Colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Natural Sciences. The Colleges of Business, Communication and Education, and Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management will follow at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Bachelor’s degree ceremonies will begin Friday, May 19, with Commencement for the College of Agriculture at 4:30 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium. Kaeli McCarther, an agriculture major, will be the student speaker, followed by 1965 alumnus Wes Patton, a retired Chico State professor who, after 35 years of excellence in teaching, returned to his roots as a sheep rancher in Glenn County. Master’s degrees in the College of Agriculture will also be presented at this ceremony.

Later that evening, the College of Communication and Education and the College of Natural Sciences will hold their ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. in University Stadium. Student reflections will be given by physics major Elizabeth Marie Pham, followed by an address from motivational speaker Rick Rigsby, an award-winning TV news reporter and college professor who earned degrees at CSU, Chico in 1979 and 1987.

On Saturday, undergraduates in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts will begin Commencement at 9 a.m. in University Stadium. Jessica Candela, a double major in multicultural and gender studies and political science, will speak, with professional actress and 2007 alumna Allison Rich giving the alumni address.

Commencement for the College of Business and the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday in University Stadium. Construction management major Sara Luther will give the student reflections, followed by 1987 alumnus Tom Tognoli, the founder, president and CEO of Intero Real Estate Services, one of the nation’s most successful real estate companies.

In addition, there are many other graduation events, including the Veteran Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, the recognition of credential candidates Wednesday, May 17; the School of Nursing Pinning on Friday, May 19; and a number of special celebrations. All the events, which take place rain or shine, are listed at www.csuchico.edu/commencement/schedule/special-celebrations.shtml.

Free tickets to the Commencement exercises, which were made available to the graduating students, are sold out for Friday and Saturday’s undergraduate ceremonies. Ticket information is available at www.csuchico.edu/commencement/TicketsFAQ.shtml. To accommodate everyone who wishes to watch Commencement live, the ceremonies will be streamed for remote viewing on computers and mobile devices at www.csuchico.edu/stream, where a live-captioned version is also available.

Graduates, their friends and families are encouraged to share commencement festivities on social media with #Chico2017.

Several restrictions will be in place that will affect Commencement attendees and others driving in the campus area over the weekend:

  • Guests may enter University Stadium 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to start time. Guests may enter 30 minutes prior for ceremonies in Laxson Auditorium. If you drive to campus, allow extra time for traffic and parking.
  • Friday evening through Sunday, the parking lot at the corner of College Drive and Warner Street is reserved for people with accessibility needs. An accessibility placard is not required, but visitors will be stopped by University Police to confirm they need accommodations.
  • On Friday, entry to the Health Center and Stadium parking lots will be restricted after 3 p.m. due to the evening Commencement. The only vehicles that will be allowed to enter these parking lots will be Health Center patients and staff, Commencement-related vendors and staff, and ceremony attendees with mobility-related disabilities.
  • All other university lots will be available for visitors Friday evening through Sunday for Commencement parking, including the parking lot at Warner Street and West Sacramento Avenue, and the University lot at Third and Orange streets. A University parking lot map is available at http://www.csuchico.edu/maps/documents/Lot-loc.pdf. Parking permits will not be required.
  • Vehicles exiting the Health Center or Stadium parking lots after 3 p.m. on Friday will need to exit via the gate that leads to West Sacramento Avenue; signage and University Police staff will help direct drivers to that gate.
  • It has come to the University's attention that tickets for the ceremonies are being sold on third-party sites such as Craigslist, Facebook, etc. Please be advised that selling free tickets for any price is illegal (CA Penal Code § 346), and tickets purchased through these channels may not be valid. Commencement tickets are only good for one entry to University Stadium or Laxson Auditorium. Each ticket has a unique barcode that, once scanned at the entrance, cannot be scanned a second time for entry. This means if someone purchases a ticket that has been reproduced or photocopied, and another person uses a ticket with the same barcode for entry, the second entrant will be denied entry to the stadium or auditorium.
  • Persons with accessibility concerns should contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959. For other parking questions, contact University Police at 530-898-5555.