Chico State Commencement

Chico State Commencement 2023


Calling all 2023 Graduates! Today is the day you can prepare for Commencement! If you plan to walk at the ceremony, click here(opens in new window) to do the following:

  • Register for Commencement
  • Proof your name for the jumbotron
  • Request your GradPass (this serves as the graduate's ticket entry into the stadium)
  • Request AND receive up to eight guest tickets at no cost
  • Order your cap and gown by April 13 and have it shipped to your house
  • And much, much more! 

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • NOW: Apply to graduate with Graduation Advising
    Deadline to have students apply to graduate If you have not applied to graduate, please do so with Graduation Advising in the Student Services Center, room 120. You can also contact by email ( or phone 530.898.5957. This is the first and most important step of the Commencement process.

    Master's graduates, this is the deadline to file/apply to graduate if you wish to register/RSVP for Commencement. This is also the deadline to file to graduate for the spring 2023 semester. Master's students do not receive a Grad T-shirt.

  • March 1 - April 23: Register online to participate in University Commencement

    Visit the Commencement page beginning March 1st to register (RSVP) for Commencement!

    Beginning March 1, will be the first day to register to Commencement, proof your name display and pronunciation on the jumbotron, pre-order cap and gown rentals, and receive/request guest tickets via the Marching Order platform. 

  • March 13 - April 13: Order your regalia

    Between March 13 - April 13, you can order your cap & gown for Commencement!

    Visit the Commencement webpage between these days to order your cap and gown through our vendor, Herff Jones(opens in new window)! All orders between these days will be shipped to the graduate's home directly. PRE-order cap and gowns can be picked up at the Wildcat Bookstore beginning April 18th.  

  • April 18: Senior Send-Off and pick-up pre-ordered cap and gown

    Senior Send-Off at Trinity Commons, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. More information to come from the Alumni department

    PRE-ordered cap and gown rentals can be picked up from the Wildcat Bookstore (Apple store side-entrance)

    For more information on where to order your 2023 Grad T-shirt, click here. (PDF)

  • May 8: Walk-in purchases for cap and gown
    Didn't get a chance to pre-order your cap and gown? No problem! Walk-in's for cap and gown rentals can be made at the Wildcat Bookstore.
  • May 10: GradPasses will be distributed
    Digital GradPass will be sent to your Wildcat email address with the subject line as "Here is your GradPass!" The GradPass serves as a graduate's ticket to enter the stadium.

2023 Commencement Schedule

2023 Special Celebration Schedule