CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Will Hold 126th Commencement Exercises

Date: 05-11-2016

Ashley Gebb
Public Affairs

Approximately 3,331 undergraduate and 240 graduate students will take part in California State University, Chico’s Commencement next week, starting Wednesday, May 18, and continuing through Sunday, May 22.

Bachelor’s degree ceremonies will begin Friday, May 20, with Commencement for the College of Agriculture at 4:30 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium. Vincent Pellegri, an agriculture major, will be the student speaker, followed by 1997 alumna Keely Martin Bosler, who is the chief deputy director of the Department of Finance for Gov. Jerry Brown.

Later that evening, the College of Business and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts will hold its ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. in University Stadium. Student reflections will be given by business major Manvir Singh Chahal, followed by an address from award-winning author Terris McMahan Grimes, a 1973 social welfare and English alumna.

On Saturday, undergraduates in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management will begin Commencement at 9 a.m. in University Stadium. Civil engineering major Samantha Grey will speak, with 1969 geography and history alumnus Robert Christopherson, an acclaimed physical geography educator, giving the alumni address.

Commencement for the College of Communication and Education and the College of Natural Sciences will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday in University Stadium. Exercise physiology major Antonia Lubben will give the student reflections, followed by 2002 alumna Teresa Muñoz, a physician with Kaiser Richmond Medical Center.

Master’s degree recipients will participate in one of two Commencement ceremonies Thursday, May 19, at Laxson Auditorium. The exercises start at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. A list of which colleges participate in each master’s ceremony can be found on the Graduate Studies website, http://www.csuchico.edu/graduatestudies/commencement1.shtml.

In addition, there are many other graduation events, including the recognition of credential candidates Wednesday, May 18; the School of Nursing Pinning on Friday, May 20; and a number of special celebrations. All the events, which take place rain or shine, are listed at http://www.csuchico.edu/commencement/schedule/special-celebrations.shtml.

Free tickets to the Commencement exercises, which were made available to the graduating students, are in short supply for several events. The College of Agriculture and Saturday’s ceremonies are sold out. All ticket information is available at http://www.csuchico.edu/commencement/TicketsFAQ.shtml. To accommodate everyone who wishes to watch Commencement live, the ceremonies will be streamed on the Internet for remote viewing on computers and mobile devices. The link can be accessed from www.csuchico.edu.

Graduates, their friends and families are encouraged to chronicle commencement festivities on social media with #Chico2016.

Several restrictions will be in place that will affect Commencement attendees and others driving in the campus area over the weekend:

  • Friday evening through Sunday, the parking lot at the corner of College Drive and Warner Street is reserved for people with accessibility needs. An accessibility placard is not required, but visitors will be stopped by University Police to confirm they need special accessibility.
  • On Friday, entry to the Health Center and Stadium parking lots will be restricted after 3 p.m. due to the evening Commencement. The only vehicles that will be allowed to enter these parking lots will be Health Center patients and staff, Commencement-related vendors and staff, and ceremony attendees with mobility-related disabilities.
  • All other university lots will be available for visitors Friday evening through Sunday for Commencement parking, including a lot owned by Chico High School at Warner Street and West Sacramento Avenue. A University parking lot map is available at http://www.csuchico.edu/maps/documents/Lot-loc.pdf (PDF).
  • Vehicles exiting the Health Center or Stadium parking lots after 3 p.m. on Friday will need to exit via the gate that leads to West Sacramento Avenue; signage and University Police staff will help direct drivers to that gate.
  • Persons with accessibility concerns should contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959. For other parking questions, contact University Police at 530-898-5555.