Morning ceremonies - graduates should arrive at 7:15 a.m. The procession will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the ceremony will start at 9:00 a.m.
Evening ceremonies - graduates should arrive at 5:15 p.m. The procession will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the ceremony will start at 7 p.m.
Virtual attendees - the livestream will be available at commencement.fresnostate.edu. The livestreams will begin at 8:30 a.m. for the morning ceremonies and at 6:30 p.m. for the evening ceremonies.
Face coverings, caps and gowns are required to be worn at all times during the ceremonies. Credential, Wayfinders and T.A.R.G.E.T. students are to wear business professional attire.
Wear stable, comfortable shoes. Narrow heels, such as stilettos and pumps, are not permitted due to the multiple uneven surfaces and inclines along the procession route. These heels come to a point that can puncture the turf of the football field and result in tripping or falling.
Blocks, wedges and platform style shoes are acceptable; however, we recommend wearing the most stable pair of shoes for the safety of the participant.
Please remember that the weather will be warm so proper attire is recommended.
Graduates should come with their gowns draped over their arms to streamline the entrance process.
During each ceremony, graduate students will be asked to stand and will be given instructions on placement of their hood, led by Chancellor Castro. Please refrain from wearing the hood until this portion of the ceremony.
Graduates and guests are encouraged to park in the white and red lots closest to the stadium, or on campus. Parking fees will be relaxed. Graduates can also be dropped off at the main entrance of Bulldog Stadium on Bulldog Lane.
All graduates and guests, including small children and infants, must have tickets for admittance. Graduates are to report for their arrival time to the football practice field. Guests are encouraged to find their assigned seating locations inside the stadium.
All Fresno State Commencement and graduation celebrations are alcohol, drug, smoke, vapor and tobacco-free events and a zero-tolerance for disorderly behavior will be strictly enforced. Graduates and guests will not be permitted to carry alcoholic beverages into ceremony sites or consume them there. Graduates and guests who are intoxicated or disruptive will not be allowed in the ceremony venue or will be escorted from the ceremony.
Please remember that graduates will be seated on the field and will stand to be recognized when their slide is shown. Graduates will not cross the stage. If you need assistance while seated on the field please let a ceremony staff member know.
Graduates are asked to leave all personal belongings with their guests. Smaller bags brought by guests are subject to visual inspection by security staff upon entry. Each graduate and guest may bring one sealed water bottle up to 24 oz in size. Additionally, water will be sold at concession stands.
Noisemakers, balloons, large bags (above 12x10x10 inches), signs, weapons, lighters and bottles containing liquids other than water will not be permitted into the stadium.