CSU, Chico Commencement

Important Dates and Deadlines

Eligibility Window by Ceremony


Chico State has a five-semester window of eligibility for Commencement outlined below. 

Commencement 2020 Eligibility - Grads that finished their degree requirements in:
Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 (for grads that only had a virtual ceremony)

Commencement 2021 Eligibility – Grads finishing their degree requirements in:
Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021**, Fall 2021**

Commencement 2022 Eligibility – Grads finishing their degree requirements in:
Summer 2021**, Fall 2021**, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022

**Graduates completing degrees in Summer or Fall 2021 choose between participating in 2021 or 2022.

Commencement 2021: May 20 – 23 Ceremonies

  • April 12 – May 10: Submit photo, personal message, and video clip to StageClip for the virtual ceremony. Choose a photo that represents your personality or college experience. There are no regalia or dress code requirements. Videos are limited to 10 seconds. Personal messages are limited to 150 characters. An email will be sent to your Wildcat Mail email address on with the link by April 12.
  • April 16 – May 10: Registration for Commencement. All graduates must register to participate and receive the Grad Box with diploma cover, official program, and special extras. Graduates that have already registered must re-register to indicate their intent to participate virtually only or both virtually and in-person. All graduates must complete the virtual ceremony requirements as content from that site will be used in the in-person ceremony.
  • April 29: Grad Boxes – Graduates that register for Commencement will receive a Grad Box with their diploma cover, Commencement program, and other goodies. We will ship them to the local address on file in the Portal. Make sure to update your local address, even if it's not in Chico, to ensure we ship to the correct location.

Past Dates & Deadlines

  • March 11: Deadline to apply for graduation with Graduation Advising in order to have your name included on the program and grad T-shirt. Most graduates have already completed this task.
  • March 18 – April 4: Record your name for correct pronunciation by the professional name readers with NameCoach. Graduates will receive an email from NameCoach (no-reply@name-coach.com) to complete this task. The site closed April 4 at 11:59 p.m. This step is optional. All eligible graduates names will be recorded.
  • March 29 – 30: Virtual GradFest. Meet with college departments and vendors. Live Zoom rooms or scheduled meetings will be available with the Office of Commencement, Graduation Advising, the Career Center, Student Philanthropy Council (spirit tassel), and Jostens (class rings). The link will be available on the Commencement website on March 29. Photographers will also be at the Commencement ceremonies.

Commencement 2020: May 16 Ceremonies

  • April 30 – May 16:
    • Required Regalia
      • Black Cap + Gown
      • Tassel
      • Chico State Stole
      • If you have regalia items from last year, you may use them in this year's ceremony and supplement any items you don't already have. The Wildcat Store sells stoles and tassels individually.
  • April 26 - May 16: Regalia is available for purchase at the Wildcat Store. 
  • TBD - April 27: Record an example of your name pronunciation for the professional name readers. All names will be pre-recorded. You will receive an email from Marching Order. This step is optional, but recommended.