CSU, Chico Commencement

Day-of Assembly Instructions


Agriculture Ceremony Stating Area: Ayers Lawn

Stadium Ceremonies Staging Area: Playing field between Nettleton Stadium and University Stadium.

Graduates must arrive ONE HOUR prior to the start time of your ceremony. 

Ceremony Start TimeGrad Arrival Time
8:30 a.m.7:30 a.m.
4:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
7 p.m.6 p.m.

There are no rehearsals for the Commencement Ceremonies. Arrive dressed in your cap and gown. You will be asked to show your Chico State ID - bring it! If you have an extenuating circumstance preventing you from showing a Chico State ID, please show a photo ID. Access to the staging area is from the south end of the University Stadium (by Yolo Hall). Please note, only graduating students and faculty and staff participating in commencement are allowed in the staging area. No family members or friends are allowed in the staging area.

Students should look for large signs identifying the various college check-in stations. Staff members and faculty marshals will be available near the staging area to give assistance. Go directly to your college table where you will be given a card with your name on it. (Please do not lose the card. You will present it to the reader on the platform during the ceremony.) Proceed to your lineup area near the table. Your department chair & faculty marshals will organize the line, give you final instructions, and lead you to your seat in the stadium.

At the staging area, students will receive a commemorative program listing the names of all candidates eligible for graduation, who applied for graduation by the deadline listed on the Commencement homepage. Guests attending the ceremony will receive a day program listing speakers and the order of the ceremony and no commemorative programs will be sold or otherwise available.

No extra robes, caps, tassels, or collars will be available in the staging area. Only approved regalia may be worn at commencement. Apparel deemed inappropriate (e.g. Riley's sashes) may be confiscated.

Name Reading

We hire professional name readers who have received a list of graduates ahead of time to review for pronunciation. If you would like to have your name spelled phonetically on your card, see a faculty marshal. They have approved pens to write that information on your card. 

The Commencement Ceremony

Each ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. Ceremonies are held rain or shine. Candidates will sit in designated areas according to college. Each candidate will walk across the platform as his or her name is read and will be congratulated by the dean or associate dean of their college. Out of respect to all candidates and their families and guests, we ask that you remain in your seats until the conclusion of the ceremony. Graduates will process out of the stadium after the departure of the platform party.

University Police Officers will be on hand to provide any needed assistance, and 2 life-support vehicles will be available for emergency situations.

Please note, no pets (service animals excepted), alcohol, drugs, weapons, or glass containers are allowed in University Stadium. There is a zero-tolerance policy at commencement for alcohol and drugs. Students and guests determined to be impaired will be removed from commencement.

Out of respect for all candidates and their families and guests, we ask that you remain in your seats until the conclusion of the ceremony.