CSU, Chico Commencement

2022 University Commencement

Gown Return

The Wildcat Bookstore is open this week from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Graduates can go to the bookstore to drop off the gown or drop their gown in a bin outside the customer service entrance in the atrium. There will be a clipboard there to fill in information if you do not have the return slip. 

Wildcat Book Store Phone: (530) 898-5223


Your photograph was taken by GradImages photography multiple times during the ceremony - before you walk on stage, and once as you shake the hand of your college dean and accept your diploma cover. You will receive an email from GradImages this week to access and purchase your images.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your photos please contact GradImages' Customer Service Department at 1.800.261.2576, online at www.gradimages.com or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net They have a large team of customer care representatives ready to help graduates and family members with anything you may need


    As directed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, all Commencement 2022 attendees and participants are encouraged to be fully vaccinated; however, are not required. Face coverings are optional and welcome in all facilities. 

    Guidelines for Special Celebrations

    Proof vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test are not required to attend events in Laxon Auditorium, Harlen Adams Theatre, Arts Recital Hall, or the Bell Memorial Union, per the CDPH and CDC guidelines for events. Masks are not required but are always welcome everywhere on the Chico State campus. 

    Chico State Commencement COVID-19 safety policies are subject to change. 

    Guidelines are subject to change. Learn more about Chico State's COVID-19 response(opens in new window).

  • March 2–April 30: Register online to participate in University Commencement
    Register to participate in University Commencement online(opens in new window).

    Please note, applying to graduate and registering for commencement are two distinct actions. Before you can register to participate in commencement, you must Apply to Graduate(opens in new window). If you have questions about applying to graduate, please contact the Graduation Advising office.

  • March 2–31: Reserve your regalia
    Pre-order your cap and tassel and reserve your gown rental online(opens in new window).

    Pre-reserved gowns can be picked up May 9–18. In-person cap and gown rentals can be picked up May 12–18.

  • March 23-April 20: Sign-up for Marching Order
    Register to have your name phonetically pronounced and displayed correctly during the ceremonies here(opens in new window).
  • April 25–May 2: Your guest tickets will be emailed
    Every graduate who has registered to participate in University Commencement, will be emailed 8 guest tickets to their CSU, Chico email. Tickets are electronic or print-at-home and are barcoded for only one scanned entry online. No additional tickets will be distributed.
  • Cap & Gown FAQ

    Herff Jones FAQS

    (Posted May 6, 2022) 

     Pre-ordered for pick up 

    • Pick up will begin Wednesday, May 11 

    Home ship orders 

    • Home shipped orders are shipping to arrive up to a few days prior to the ceremony date of 5/18. 
    • These will be coming to you via overnight delivery. 
    • If you are a MASTER graduate your hood may be shipped separately. 
    • If you have not received your order before you have to leave for commencement you may rent regalia at the bookstore and return your home shipped order to Herff Jones for a full refund. To request a Return for Refund form, please email bayareagrad@herffjones.com  
    • For those of you who haven’t pre-ordered, you may rent out of open stock at BMU 210 anytime Monday, May 16 through Wednesday, May 18, 10 – 4. Regalia will be available in the Wildcat Bookstore from May 19 through commencement weekend. Please check Wildcat Bookstore for store hours. 


    • If you have ordered graduation announcements, those will be shipping to your home address to arrive prior to the ceremony date of 5/18. 
    • If these arrive too late for you to send them out and you would like to request a refund, please contact bayareagrad@herffjones.com 

    Diploma Frames 

    • If you have ordered a diploma frame, they should be shipping to your home within approximately 8 weeks from your order date. 

Continue to check the commencement website for updates. All information listed is subject to change.