Saturday, May 19, 2018
Save Mart Center 
2650 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA

University Commencement Ceremony Timeline

  • Doors open for guest seating: 8 a.m.
  • Graduates arrive for line-up: 8 a.m.
  • Processional starts: 9:30 a.m.
  • Ceremony starts: 10 a.m.


Parking, Directions, and Map »

Download: 2017 University Commencement Information Brochure (pdf)



  • There is NO REHEARSAL for this event; read the following information carefully.
  • NO REGISTRATION OR TICKETS REQUIRED for graduates and guests

Parking, Directions, and Map »


  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking down the Save Mart Center loading dock ramp.
  • Leave all personal belongings - except regalia - with guests.
  • Arrive at the loading dock with graduation robe in hand. Once admitted to the assembly area you will put on your robe.
  • No open beverages or containers are allowed in assembly area; water is available throughout the line-up area.
  • Celebrate your accomplishments with friends and family safely and responsibly. Sign the Safe Celebrating pledge online at http://bit.ly/FSSafeCelebrating
  • Review the Commencement Expectations with your fellow graduates and guests.


8-8:30 a.m. Graduate Arrival
  • Graduates assemble in the loading dock at the Save Mart Center (northeast side of building, closest to Chestnut Ave.). Students who have mobility concerns may use the elevator inside the northeast corner of the arena.
  • Once admitted, you will put on your robe; it must be worn throughout the procession and ceremony.
  • Undergraduate candidates: The cap is worn squarely on the head with the point in the middle of the forehead, tassel on the RIGHT side of the mortarboard.
  • Graduate candidates: Position your tassel on the LEFT side of the mortarboard.
    Regalia items will be available for sale in the assembly area for last minute needs.
8:30-9:30 a.m. Graduate Line-Up and Enering
  • Line-up behind the sign designating your college or school.
  • Order of Procession: Dean's Medal recipients and Bachelor's candidates by college (in two lines) will be followed by Master's and Doctoral candidates, then faculty, and then the President's Platform Party.
  • Last chance for restroom break prior to the ceremony.
9:30 a.m. Graduate Processional
  • At the proper signal, graduates will follow the marshals and process into the arena.
  • Stand directly in front of your seat. When the entire row is full, you may be seated.
  • Please stand when the President's Platform Party enters (after all graduates and faculty are seated).
10:00 a.m. Ceremony
  • Graduates and guests to remain seated for the entire ceremony.
  • Undergraduate candidates will be recognized by college/school first. The Dean of your college or school will tell you when to stand as a group during the ceremony.
  • When President Castro confers all the undergraduate degrees, candidates are to stand and move their tassel to the LEFT side of the mortarboard.
  • Master's degree candidates will then be presented, and their degrees conferred.
  • Doctoral candidates will process across the stage.
11:30 a.m. Recessional
  • Please stand for the recessional. The President's Platform Party exits first, followed by faculty.
  • After faculty have exited, graduates and guests are free to leave the building on your own. Meet your party outside the building.



  • Arena doors open for guest seating at 8 a.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Guests may sit anywhere in the arena except on the floor and in lower section 103 (reserved for graduates). To select seats for best viewing, guests should confirm their graduate's College/School affiliation and reference the following seating chart
  • Seating for guests in wheelchairs is available throughout the arena. Due to limited space, only one person is permitted to accompany a person in a wheelchair.
  • Ushers will direct guests with difficulty climbing stairs to the northwest elevator to access seating areas from the arena floor. Following the ceremony, these guests may exit using the arena floor elevator.
  • The first row of Section 111 is designated for guests with special hearing needs
  • Graduates who have mobility concerns may use the elevator inside the northeast corner of the arena.


Commencement 2016 - Seating Chart



Doctor of Nursing Program

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Kremen School of Education and Human Development

• Curriculum and Instruction
• Educational Leadership
• Counselor Education and Rehabilitation
• Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education
• Liberal Studies

Lyles College of Engineering

• Civil and Geomatics Engineering
• Construction Management
• Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

The Craig School of Business

• Accountancy
• Aerospace Studies
• Economics
• Finance and Business Law
• Information Systems and Decision Sciences
• Management
• Marketing and Logistics
• Military Science

College of Arts and Humanities

• Armenian Studies
• Art & Design
• Communication
• English
• Linguistics
• Mass Communication and Journalism
• Modern and Classical Languages
• Music
• Philosophy
• Theatre Arts


Doctor of Educational Leadership Program

College of Science and Mathematics

• Biology
• Mathematics
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Earth and Environmental Sciences
• Physics
• Psychology

Jordan College of Agricultural  Sciences and Technology

• Agricultural Business
• Animal Science and Agricultural Education
• Child, Family, and Consumer Sciences
• Food Science and Nutrition
• Industrial Technology
• Plant Science
• Viticulture and Enology

College of Health and Human Services

• Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies
• Kinesiology
• Nursing
• Physical Therapy
• Public Health
• Recreation Administration
• Social Work Education

College of Social Sciences

• Africana Studies
• Anthropology
• Chicano and Latin American Studies
• Criminology
• Geography and City and Regional Planning
• History
• Political Science
• Sociology
• Women's Studies


  • Designate a meeting place for graduates and their guests outside the arena following the ceremonies. Guests are not permitted on the floor at any time.
  • Graduates may not bring personal items including coats, purses, bags, backpacks into the arena. Please leave all belongings - except regalia - with guests. 
  • Save Mart Center restrictions.  Do not bring:
    • Beach balls, helium balloons, and projectiles
    • Air horns
    • Laser pointers
    • Outside food, drinks, cans, bottles or containers of any kind
    • Tobacco, drugs, alcohol
    • Fireworks and weapons
    • Additional Save Mart Center Visitor Information can be found at http://savemartcenter.com/visitor-information/
  • Guests are welcome to take photographs from their seats throughout the event. Photographers from GradImages will be taking photos of graduates at the assembly area and will be available for purchase after the event.
  • Diplomas will be mailed to student's permanent address.

Merchandise and Sales

  • The concession stands in the arena will be open for water and soft drink purchases only.
  • Flower bouquets and fresh leis will be for sale at merchandise sites throughout the arena.
  • Alumni gear will also be available for sale in the atrium on Commencement day or at the Kennel Bookstore.
  • For graduates, regalia items will be available for sale in the assembly area for last-minute needs.

GradImages is the official commencement photographer for our school. Your proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering is simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. Although there's never any obligation to order, you'll save 20% off orders of $50 or more for your participation. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit http://GradImages.com/Preregistration

For more information visit www.gradimages.com we have a FAQ section that should answer most of their questions. You can also list our customer service number 800.261.2576 and email giservice@gradimages.net.

Stay connected with us through our social media, follow us @Fresno_State and use the hashtag #FresnoStateGrad

Facebook Icon   Twitter Icon   Instagram Icon   Youtube Icon   Flikr Icon   LinkedIn Icon   Pinterest Icon