CSU, Chico Commencement

Important Dates & Deadlines


  • Deadline to file for graduation with Graduation Advising: February 14 - Last chance to have your name listed in the 2020 Commencement program and on the back of the 2020 Grad T-Shirt. [LINK]
  • GradFest: March 4 & 5 - BMU 008 - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Get all of your Commencement ceremony questions answered. Register for the ceremonies and rent your cap and gown. Additional vendors and campus offices will be present.
  • Register for Commencement: March 4 – April 30 [LINK]
  • Online cap and gown rental: March 4 – 31 [LINK]
  • Claim your Commencement tickets: April 1 – 30 [LINK]
    • Students in the Friday evening ceremony are guaranteed six (6) tickets
    • Students in Saturday and Sunday ceremonies are guaranteed seven (7) tickets
    • If you need extra tickets see the extra ticket release in May
    • TICKET ELIGIBILITY: You must have filed for graduation and registered for Commencement. Two separate processes. 
  • Senior Send Off: April 28 - 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
  • Extra ticket release: May 1 & 4 - Tickets are released by ceremony. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Limit of two (2) tickets per graduate. 
    • Ticket release schedule
      College of Behavioral and Social SciencesMay 1st at 8:30 a.m.

      College of Agriculture

      College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management

      College of Natural Sciences

      May 1st at 2:30 p.m.

      College of Business

      College of Humanities and Fine Art

      May 4th at 8:30 a.m.
      College of Communication and EducationMay 4th at 2:30 p.m.
  • Pre-order cap and gown pickup: May 4-17 - BMU 008
  • In-person cap and gown rentals: May 6-17 - BMU 008