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CSU, Chico Commencement

Virtual Ceremony Information

Participate in the Virtual Commencement

The ceremony websites will go live at 4 p.m. PST, Friday, May 15, but it is not a live event. Graduates, their families and friends, and the Chico State community can access the celebration whenever it’s convenient. The site will remain up for one year.

Frequently Asked Questions
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As President Hutchinson announced on April 14, in response to the continued uncertainty of COVID-19, Chico State's Commencement ceremonies will be held virtually on Friday, May 15 as a way to celebrate our graduates in the immediate term.

The virtual ceremony will not replace a live event for the Class of 2020. There will be a ceremony specifically for 2020 graduates next May. We view the virtual commencement as the first step in recognition of the Class of 2020, which has endured the loss of multiple experiences in their final semester.

The campus community is excited to celebrate the culmination of your academic careers. The virtual ceremony will include messages from President Gayle Hutchinson, Provost Debra Larson, student leaders, and others. To highlight every participant, a professional reader will say graduates’ names as a slide is shared with their submitted photo and personal statement. Each slide can be downloaded and shared on social media.

We’re working hard to make sure the Class of 2020 is celebrated in a memorable way with this virtual ceremony, but we need your help. Please take note of the details and deadlines in the Road Map to Commencement below. A few steps require your action as soon as possible.

Step One - Register for Commencement

If you haven’t already, register to participate in Commencement. If you’re unsure if you registered, please submit a new registration(opens in new window).

  • Deadline extended to May 5 at 5 p.m.

Step Two - Make it Personal

Visit the MarchingOrder portal to upload a photo, submit a quote or personal statement, and record a pronunciation of your name. You will receive an email from MarchingOrder at your Chico State email address when you've been added to the system, and you will use it to access the portal. You must first complete step one and register for the ceremony. Personalize your slide.(opens in new window)

If you have problems logging into MarchingOrder please email and include your student ID.

  • April 22: Deadline to have your name read
  • Deadline to complete virtual ceremony profile extended to May 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Step Three - Connect Socially

In the days leading up to commencement, keep an eye on the Chico State social media pages for fun ways to share your favorite Chico State memories and connect in a celebration of the Class of 2020.

Step Four - Join the Ceremony

The virtual Commencement website will go live on Friday, May 15 at 4 p.m. Pacific, but there is no live event. The site will be available for one year. Visit whenever it is convenient for you and your loved ones. 

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