Chico State Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions

All information is subject to change. 

Where can I find information about where to stay?

Lodging information can be found on the Explore Butte County(opens in new window) website

How long is the ceremony?

The University Stadium ceremonies will last approximately 90-120 minutes.

Do I need tickets for my guests?

 All guests attending the ceremony will need a ticket to enter the stadium. 8 guest tickets were emailed to each graduate taking place in the ceremony. The email came from and has the subject "2022 Chico State Commencement Guest Tickets". 

Graduating students, who have not received their commencement tickets should email

Can I get more tickets?

No. Graduates are encouraged to check with fellow graduates who may not be using all eight of their tickets for your specific ceremony. We encourage family and guests to utilize the live stream option on the Chico State website and Facebook if a graduate cannot secure enough tickets. 

What if it rains?

The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Individual names may not be read, depending on the severity of the weather. Umbrellas will be allowed in the stadium in the case of rain.

Are there health & safety requirements for COVID-19?

On March 11, Chico State announced an update to the COVID-19 safety policies for Commencement 2022, 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, it is not required.
  • Face coverings are welcome at all indoor and outdoor facilities.

Chico State Commencement COVID-19 safety policies are subject to change. Please check the Commencement website before attending any Chico State public event. 

To learn more about Chico State's COVID-19 response, click here.(opens in new window)

How do I rent my cap and gown?

March 2nd- Pre-order your cap and gown online here.(opens in new window)

May 12th & 13th- If you did not preorder a cap and gown, they will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in BMU 210. After these dates, they will be available at the Wildcat Store during normal store hours.

Contact the Wildcat Store at (530) 898-5223 for their hours during Commencement week.

How do I return my gown?

Graduates can return their gowns at the end of the ceremony or at the Wildcat Bookstore by Monday, May 23. There will be a booth at commencement to return gowns and there will be a "Return Bin" in front of the Wildcat Bookstore as well. Tassels and caps can be kept by the student. Only gowns must be returned. Please keep in mind, that each gown has a built-in chip. If a gown is not returned, the graduate will be charged an automatic penalty fee. 

When should I arrive for the ceremony?

Graduates should plan to arrive one hour prior to their college ceremony. Please consider travel time, traffic, and parking. Students should be dressed in their cap and gown and meet on the northwest side of the stadium (by the railroad tracks, in between University Stadium and Nettleton Stadium). 

Where will I sit during the ceremony? 

University Stadium maps, showing college seating areas, will be posted in May on this page.(opens in new window)

Guests may enter University Stadium one hour prior to the start time. If you drive to campus, allow extra time for traffic and parking.

Are there accessible seating accommodations for the elderly and guests who are disabled?

Limited ground-level accessible seating is available on both sides of the stadium for guests who cannot safely navigate bleacher seating due to a disability or other mobility limitations. This area is first-come, first-serve -- no reservations accepted. Both guests need tickets to enter the stadium. Other family members are advised to arrive early for choice seating in both the grandstand bleachers and ground-level bleachers.

Please note that there are no wheelchairs available. If you feel you might need one, please consider renting one for the day.

If you have a guest who needs accommodations (other than accessible seating as noted above), please contact the Accessibility Resource Center(opens in new window) no fewer than seven days before the ceremony. 

Guests who require the service of a sign language interpreter should contact the Accessibility Resource Center no less than two weeks prior to the event.

Where should guests park? 

There are several parking lots available on campus, and street parking is also available. The closest parking lots are Health Center and Stadium lots, but space is limited in those lots. Parking for all lots is first-come, first-served. To view all campus parking lots and the surrounding area please click the interactive campus/parking map available online.(opens in new window)

Designated accessible parking spots will be available and is also first-come, first-served. 

No drop-offs at the event location will be allowed before the ceremony or pick-ups following the ceremony. Please use caution as there may be a large number of pedestrians, lots may be closed, and traffic may be diverted. 

No RVs, campers or vehicles with trailers are allowed in any university parking area. 

What about weather and heat safety?

Commencement ceremonies are held outside. To prepare for these potentially warm conditions, please refer to our heat and safety website(opens in new window) and check the local weather. Bottled water and snacks are sold in the stadium.

What do I do if someone in my party becomes ill or needs assistance during the ceremony? 

There will be an ambulance located at the stadium. In the event of an emergency, please contact University Police, medical personnel, or any event personnel. University Police phone: 530-898-5555.

What should guests bring with them to the ceremony?

We recommend bringing sunscreen and a hat. Please do not bring folding chairs, balloons, large signs, sun umbrellas, or coolers. 

May I bring my pet with me to the ceremony?

No animals are allowed in University Stadium with the exception of service animals. Comfort and emotional support animals are not considered service animals. Misrepresenting a dog as a service animal is a criminal violation. 

Are refreshments available for purchase at the stadium?

Yes, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

What about photographs?

The University has made arrangements with Grad Images.(opens in new window) Register for your Grad Fair photos and get 20% off.

What other things should I know about the ceremony?

The Commencement Group Company will sell flowers bouquets and leis at various locations on campus and around the University Stadium. You can pre-order flowers and leis at this link.(opens in new window)

Grad T-Shirts, featuring the names of the graduates who have applied for graduation by February 18th deadline, will be available for sale in the stadium.

Alcoholic beverages, air horns, balloons, coolers/ice chests, banners, signs, silly string, firearms, beach balls, strollers, and fireworks are not allowed in University Stadium. Intoxicated students and/or guests will be removed from the ceremonies. 

Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Chico State campus.  

How do I get the Commencement program?

The commencement program, with the names of potential graduates and program details, will be distributed to candidates on the day of the ceremony. If a student has registered to graduate by the February 18th deadline, their name will be listed in the program. 

Please note: The presence of your name in the program does not, in itself, testify to the completion of your degree.

When will I get my diploma?

Following a favorable review and final evaluation of your records, your diploma will be mailed by the Graduate Advising Office to the diploma address listed in your Student Center approximately 12 weeks following the ceremony. If you need to update your address, please do so through your CSU, Chico portal account.

Will the Ceremonies be streamed live on the web? 

Yes, all official ceremonies will be streamed live.(opens in new window) You can find the simulcast on the Chico State homepage and Facebook Live. The ceremonies will have closed captioning. 

Where can I get more information?

We have made every attempt to be thorough here, but if there is something we have missed or you need clarification, please e-mail or call us at 530-898-5917. The Commencement Office is located in Sierra Hall on the corner of Third and Chestnut streets.

 All information is subject to change.