CSU, Chico Commencement


On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration of California State University, Chico, we would like to invite you to join in the celebration of Commencement to be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 17-19, 2019.

The Commencement ceremonies are designed especially for you, your family, and friends to celebrate this momentous event in your lives. We are sure you are proud of your accomplishments. We at the University are proud of you as well.

Important Links:

Important Dates:


  • February 15: Last day to apply for graduation in order to have your name listed in the Commencement program and on the back of the Grad T-Shirt.
  • March 6 & 7: Gradfest in the BMU 008, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Get all your Commencement questions answered. Register for the ceremonies and rent your cap and gown.
  • March 6-31: Rent your cap and gown online here.
  • March 6-April 30: Register online to participate in the Commencement ceremonies here.
  • April 3-April 30: Request your tickets for the Commencement ceremonies here. 
    • The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences can request up to six tickets per graduate. All other colleges can request up to seven tickets per graduate. These numbers are determined by stadium occupancy.
  • April 30: Senior Send-Off in Trinity Commons, 11 a.m.. - 1 p.m. Free food and prizes for graduating seniors. Contact the Alumni Office for more information: 530-898-6472.
  • May 2-3: If available, up to two additional tickets for stadium ceremonies can be requested, while supplies last, on a first-come, first-served basis. See the release schedule below:
  • May 6-19: Pick up preordered cap and gown in BMU 008, 9 a.m.. - 5 p.m.
  • May 9-19: If you did not preorder your cap and gown online, you may rent it now in BMU 008.

To be Eligible to Participate in Commencement You MUST HAVE:

Graduate Then Celebrate

Respect and Protect the Graduation Ceremony

Graduation is as much about you as it is about honoring those who helped you along the way. Make this a positive, memorable experience for your friends and family.

  • Be prompt and prepared
    • Arrive at the staging area at the time you are assigned.
    • Arriving well in advance of the ceremony start time, with your cap, gown, and Wildcat ID card, will ensure your admittance to the stadium and that you can sit with friends.
    • Students who are late or without the required regalia will not be allowed inside the stadium.
  • Celebrate after the ceremony
    • Students under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any controlled substance will not be allowed in the stadium.
    • Alcohol, drugs, controlled substances, and tobacco are prohibited anywhere on campus, including University Stadium.
    • Students under the influence will be required to leave. Your friends and family will not get to watch you graduate.
  • Honor other people’s experiences
    • For most graduates, the ceremony is the greatest achievement of their lives thus far, and the proudest moment for their friends and family. Be respectful of others and follow directions so everyone can enjoy the ceremony with dignity and honor.
    • Students unable to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner will be required to leave. Your friends and family will not get to watch you graduate.
  • Stay until the end
    • Remain seated in your chair unless instructed otherwise, and stay until the ceremony has ended and the platform party has departed the stadium.

 Graduate then Celebrate

Registration for Commencement will begin in March of 2019

Apply(opens in new window)Register(opens in new window)Tickets(opens in new window)