CHICO, Calif. – Graduation ceremonies are to take place at Chico State starting on May 16, 2021, and ending on Sunday, May 23. They will be held in person at the University Stadium. Ceremonies will be shown virtually so friends and family can be a part of the ceremonies (Important links and schedules are included in this article).
The in-person ceremonies are for graduates only and masks and social distancing are required.
No guests may park in University parking lots or gather in the vicinity of University Stadium during commencement. There will be a drop-off area in the health center parking lot.
Parking for graduates is available at the University Stadium. Graduates can enter from Water Street, adjacent to the Health Center. The lot will be open one hour ahead of each scheduled ceremony. Accessible parking spaces will be available in the University Stadium parking lot
The ceremonies will not be visible from the outside of the stadium. University Police and staff will be monitoring the perimeter of the stadium during graduation ceremonies.
All graduates will have already have received their Commencement tickets and regalia prior to their ceremonies. Students also need to carry a valid photo ID such as their Wildcat ID or driver's license. They should arrive 45 minutes prior to their scheduled ceremony and go to the intramural fields 6/7 located behind the University Stadium.
A NEW VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY WEBSITE WILL GO LIVE MAY 20
Chico State is offering graduates opportunities to join a Watch Party for the graduation ceremonies.
The Virtual Premiere Watch Parties will stay on the website for viewing for one year and can be visited many times, but you will have to register to attend.
Premiere Watch Party events are offered at a specific date and time so graduates, their friends and families can all watch together.
The virtual ceremonies will include pre-recorded videos from the administration, faculty and students.
All participating students have submitted a photo, video and a personal message that will be displayed during the “procession” of students.
Click here for the schedule and links to register for the Watch Parties.
There are numerous special graduation celebrations that will be held virtually this year. They include a Native American Celebration; an Asian/Pacific Islander Celebration; a Veteran Celebration; Nurse Pinning; Education Credential; Lavender Celebration; Black Celebration; Latinx Celebration.
Click here to register for the individual celebrations.
The Chico State Office of Commencement surveyed several of the hotels in the area and said that all of them are providing cancellations and full refunds since families cannot attend the graduation ceremonies in person.
If you have any trouble canceling a reservation make sure to contact the property directly (not through an 800 corporate number).
Anyone who has trouble canceling their hotel reservations or getting a refund should contact Chico State at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHICO STATE AND COVID-19
The Chico State website had information for all Wildcats to use to combat COVID-19. Their web resources can be found HERE.
During the graduation ceremonies, there will be a time that masks can be taken off. People can remove their masks for professional photos with Grad Images and when graduates cross the stage.
They also have a COVID-19 hotline for students, faculty and staff which is confidential. It is staffed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The number is (530) 898-2222. You are asked to call this number if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive.
Sunday, May 16 – Summer/Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 graduates
The first in-person ceremony is for Summer/Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 graduates only. The graduation will be held Sunday, May 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the University Stadium. There is one ceremony for all of the colleges.
Thursday, May 20 – Master Class of 2020 and 2021
This graduation will be held Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held in person at the University Stadium.
Friday, May 21 – Humanities and Fine Arts, Business: Management
The graduation will be held Friday, May 21, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. It will be held in person at the University Stadium.
Friday, May 21 – Agriculture and Natural Science
The graduation will be held Friday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held in person at the University Stadium.
Saturday, May 22 – Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management/Communication and Education: Liberal Studies
The graduation will be held Saturday, May 22 at 8:30 a.m. It will be held in person at the University Stadium.
Saturday, May 22 – Communication & Education: Communication Sciences & Disorders; Communication Studies, Journalism & Public Relations; Kinesiology; Media Arts, Design & Technology; Recreation; Hospitality and Parks Management; Education
The graduation will be held Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. It will be held at the University Stadium.
Saturday, May 22 – Business: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Business Informal Systems
The graduation will be held Saturday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the University Stadium.
Sunday, May 23 – Behaviour and Social Sciences: Criminal Justice; Political Science; Economics; Public Administration; International Relations; Anthropology; Child Development; Geography; and Sociology
The graduation will be held Sunday, May 23 at 8:30 a.m. It will be held in the University Stadium.
Sunday, May 23 –Behaviour and Social Sciences: Psychology; Health Science; Health Service Administration; Public Health; Public Health Administration; Social Sciences; Multi-Cultural Gender Studies; Intersectional Chicanx/Latinx; Social Work
The graduation will be held Sunday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. It will be held in the University Stadium.