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California State University system postpones 2020 commencement ceremonies

The California State University system has postponed all gatherings and events including commencement ceremonies, California State University, Chancellor Timothy P. White said.

Posted: Mar 11, 2020 9:35 AM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 5:02 PM

UPDATE: 1:08 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - The California State University system has postponed all gatherings and events including commencement ceremonies, California State University, Chancellor Timothy P. White said.

Commencements will likely be rescheduled at a date later this year, White said. 

This comes after all California State University campuses transitioned from in-person classes to a virtual mode.

“The health and well-being of our students and employees is always a foremost priority, and we are especially mindful of this during these unprecedented circumstances," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “As we address a new reality where groupings of people can potentially foster the spread of infection, we must collectively work to limit the gathering of students, faculty, and staff as much as possible, while fulfilling our academic mission."

CSU, operates 23 campuses across California including here in Chico.


UPDATE: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Chico State has announced more closures of facilities and canceling of events.

These events have been canceled:

  • March 31: ‘Cats in the Community
  • April 4: Choose Chico!
  • April 17: Wildcat Day at the Farm
  • All Chico Performances, School of the Arts and North State Symphony events through the end of the academic year

These buildings and services have also been canceled:

  • The annual This Way to Sustainability conference on March 26-27 will be completely online
  • The Passport Place has closed until further notice
  • All University museums have been closed through April 24
  • All campus tours have been canceled through April 24
  • In-person class instruction has been canceled through April 24

As of now, no decision has been made regarding this year's commencement. Find more information HERE


UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. Friday, March 13 - Chico State will suspend face-to-face instruction from March 25 to April 24, President Gayle Hutchinson announced Friday.

The University will change all in-person classes to an online format.

Hutchinson said this suspension of in-person classes is temporary and currently scheduled to remain in place until April 24, pending administrative review, some lab, studio, or field-based instruction that may continue in an alternative format if it’s consistent with the practice of social distancing.

The decisions made are to balance health and safety with Chico State’s educational mission, Hutchinson said. 

Chico State spokesperson Sean Murphy said student housing will remain open and continue to provide full on-campus services. The University is not closing, it will remain open and continue operating without interruption. 


Events occurring after April 24 will be reviewed in the coming weeks. At this time, no decisions have been made in regard to Commencement in May, Murphy said. 

Through at least April 24, all public events hosted by the following have been canceled: Chico Performances, North State Symphony, School of the Arts, and Book in Common. 

A list of canceled events can be found by visiting Chico State's Box Office. Click Here

"In accordance with the California Collegiate Athletic Association, which recently announced a conference-wide suspension, all University athletic events have been suspended until further notice. All recreational sports, intramural, and sport club programs are also suspended for spring 2020," Murphy said.


Murphy said effectively immediately, campus and auxiliary organizations have suspended all international and non-essential domestic travel through May 31. Read More

As of Friday, March 13, Butte County has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to public health.


UPDATE: 4:19 p.m. Thursday, March 12 - Chico Performances announced all shows through April 12 are canceled.

Chico performances said they are following in line with Chico State administration, and following the guidelines from Butte County Public Health and the California Department of Public Health.

The canceled Chico performances include:

  • March 28 - The Second City
  • April 2 - Book in Common Lecture: Lauren E. Oakes (this performance may move to a digital interactive symposium. Details will follow from Chico State later.)
  • April 8 & 9 - Chico Performances Field Trip Series: Jungle Book
  • April 9 & 10 - Banff Centre International Mountain Film Festival

“The safety and well-being of everyone who attends Chico Performances events is always a top priority,” said Stephen Cummins, Executive Director for University Public Engagement. “We recognize our responsibility and role in keeping our community safe.”

Those who purchased tickets by phone or in person at the box office will have a credit issued to their account for future Chico Performances shows. They can call the box office if they prefer a refund or to make a donation.

RELATED: Butte County Health officials say precautions in place for coronavirus

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