Commencement Day Instructions for University Stadium Ceremonies

Assembly Instructions

Assembly Area: Fields 6 & 7

There are no rehearsals for the Commencement Ceremonies. On the day of commencement, arrive at the staging area (the playing field between Nettleton Stadium and University Stadium), dressed in your cap and gown, by the following times:

  • Friday Evening by 6:00 p.m
  • Saturday Morning by 7:30 a.m.
  • Saturday Evening by 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning by 7:30 a.m.

Please bring your Chico State ID with you to commencement as you will be asked to show identification. Access to the staging area is located at 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 which is usually at the beginning of February. The exact date is listed on the Commencement homepage [LINK]. 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 may be confiscated.

The Commencement Ceremony

Each ceremony will last approximately two (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.
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.

There is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol and drugs at Commencement. Students and guests determined to be impaired will be removed from the ceremony.