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Graduate Studies

The masters Commencement ceremony in May has been postponed. Rescheduled dates have not yet been set. Additional communication will be forthcoming.

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Laxson Auditorium
California State University, Chico Campus

4:30 p.m. Ceremony: College of Agriculture, College of Business, College of Communication and Education, and College of Natural Sciences

3:45 p.m. Students check-in at assembly
(Assembly Location: lawn outside of Ayres Hall, or in case of rain, Selvester's 100)
4:00 p.m. Doors open for guest seating
4:30 p.m. Ceremony begins

7:30 p.m. Ceremony: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, and College of Humanities and Fine Arts

6:45 p.m. Students check-in at assembly
(Assembly Location: lawn outside of Ayres Hall, or in case of rain, Selvester's 100)
7:00 p.m. Doors open for guest seating
7:30 p.m. Ceremony begins

Ceremony Schedule by College and Program

Before the Ceremonies:

  • ****All Registration has been postponed.****  
    All students must register for Commencement to participate. Eligibility to register:
    • Summer 2019 graduates (Registration opens March 9)
    • Fall 2019 graduates (Registration opens March 9)
    • Spring 2020 candidates for graduation (Registration opens March 23)
    • If candidates for Summer 2020 & Fall 2020 graduation wish to walk early in the Spring 2020 ceremonies, they must first submit an appeal to walk early.  These students are allowed to register if their appeal has been approved.  Early Commencement Participation Information (Walking Early)(opens in new window)

Register to participate in the ceremony:

March 9 - May 1, 2020 for 2019 summer and fall graduates

March 23 - May 1, 2020 for 2020 spring candidates 

Expect an email from with an invitation to register. The link to register will be on the email invitation.  (The day you register has no bearing on participation details or guest tickets.)

Participation in Commencement is not automatic. Be sure to register by May 1!

Information for Faculty

Faculty Registration

Faculty registration will begin in April. Faculty will participate in the procession and will be seated on the stage in Laxson. Seating is limited. If you would like to join us on May 14 please register no later than May 4. (College Deans do not register as faculty. Deans will receive a separate invitation to RSVP for the platform party area on the stage.)


Faculty and Dean participants are required to wear regalia. The deadline to order regalia from the Wildcat Store is April 6. Please contact Cameron Ford at


Faculty will meet in Ayres 201 30 minutes prior to the ceremony in order to line up for the processional. Deans should arrive at the the north end of Laxson Auditorium portico 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Information for Families & Guests

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