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Families and Guests

Share in the special time when your student is celebrated for their hard work and academic achievement!

What to Know

Confirm which University Commencement event(s) your graduating student plans to participate in. If applicable, confirm that seating or tickets are available for you to attend. For guests who do not attend in-person, college ceremonies will be livestreamed at

Please note that participation in Commencement has no bearing on a student's degree. For privacy reasons, individual information about students' academic records cannot be shared by any office on campus.

Directions and Parking

The Save Mart Center arena is located at 2650 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710 at the intersection of Chestnut and Shaw Avenues. Free parking is available during Commencement weekend directly north of the arena. For specific directions to the arena, please review the Save Mart Center visitor information.


University Commencement has a zero-tolerance policy for disorderly behavior. All events are alcohol, drug, smoke, vapor and tobacco-free. Graduates and guests will not be permitted to carry alcoholic beverages into ceremony sites or consume them there. Intoxicated or disruptive individuals will not be permitted into the event, or will be escorted from the venue.

What to Bring

Please review the Save Mart Center visitor entry requirements in advance. Only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12" will be allowed inside Save Mart Center. Small clutch bags, 4.5″ x 6.5″ x 2″ can be taken into the arena in addition to one of the approved clear bags. An exception will be made for any necessary medical items, but such items are subject to inspection.


Please visit the Save Mart Center website detailing accessibility information for guests. Learn about accessible seating and parking, interpretors, service animals, assisted listening devices, elevators and wheelchair escorts.

For additional information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions. Responses to common questions are added on a regular basis.