Spring Commencement

The spring commencement ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Chukchansi Park (Grizzlies Stadium) 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA.


No rehearsal is scheduled. Students should line-up 45 minutes prior to the ceremony in the large covered picnic area located in the northeast corner of the stadium.

Commencement Packets

Commencement packets will be mailed to all participants the week of April 7th. Packets will include participant instructions, name cards and rain tickets for guests if the ceremony needs to be moved inside.

Tickets & Seating

Please use the H Street entrance to the stadium. This will be the only entrance available. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the ceremony will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is outdoors. No tickets are required.

Guests and graduates are allowed to bring in factory-sealed bottled water only. No water bottles larger than 16.9 ounces will be permitted. No outside food is permitted inside the stadium. Food, water and soft drinks will be available at the concession stands which will open beginning at 4:30 p.m. and will remain open until after the start of the ceremony.

Special Needs Seating

For special seating arrangements (i.e. hearing impaired, wheelchair, sign language interpreter, etc.), please contact the Student Life Office no later than two weeks prior to commencement at 559-453-2073. All other seating is first-come, first-served.


Professional photographers will photograph each candidate receiving his/her diploma from the president and at the bottom of the stairs following each student’s recognition on stage. Each candidate will be provided a 2" X 2" proof photograph in the mail about a week following your ceremony. If you like the proof, you will be able to order enlargements.

For safety reasons, all ceremony photography by family and friends must be taken from their seats. Family and friends wishing to take close-up photos of their student and the president may do so after the ceremony.


Regalia (cap/gown, hood) may be purchased in the Pacfic Bookshop. Bookshop hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday. Pick up your regalia early as the gowns need to be ironed or steamed.