Frequently Asked Questions    


1. Who coordinates the Chicano Latino Commencement Celebration (CLCC)?

The Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration is under the Division of Academic Affairs. Dr. Victor Torres, Professor in Chicano & Latin American Studies, is the newly appointed Coordinator. In the spirit of collaboration and inclusiveness, Dr. Torres formed a committee comprised of faculty and staff representing different segments of the campus.  The CLCC committee has also formed a partnership with the Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association to organize a memorable event.

2. Is this event a function of the Chicano & Latin American Studies Department (CLAS) and do I have to be a “CLAS major” to participate?

The CLCC is a program under the Division of Academic Affairs.  It is open to ALL graduating Fresno State students of all majors.

3. Can non-Latinos participate?


4. Who is eligible to participate in CLCC? 

Due to high demand for participation in this graduation celebration, the following students will have priority IF they apply BEFORE the DUE date (April 10):

1. Students who completed their degree (officially applied for graduation) during the following semesters will be able to automatically register via their portal (see Registration Instructions tab): August 2019, December 2019, or May 2020. If you will be completing all your degree requirements after May 2020, you will not be able to register through your Fresno State portal (see #2 below).

2. Students completing their degree in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 will be next in the priority list, but will have to be added manually to a waiting list. These students must email and provide full name, student I.D., phone number, and expected graduation date (which will be verified). If these students apply within the registration period and meet the criteria (completing degree either Summer or Fall 2020), they will be added to waiting list on a first-come-first-served basis.

3. All other students (those who will NOT graduate within the semesters indicated above (Summer 2019 to Fall 2020) will ONLY be considered IF there is room AFTER we have accommodated the students in #1 and #2 above.  Please send an email to after April 10th see inquire about space on the waiting list. Your email will need to include your full name, Fresno State student ID number, and phone number. If space permits you will receive instructions to pay the non-refundable $35 registration fee

Note: Your name is not guaranteed to be included in the commemorative program if you register After April 10th

5. I already submitted a university application to graduate. Does the university application and the $35 fee include participation in the CLCC?

No, you need to register separately to participate in the CLCC. 

6. How will my name be read during the program? 

Your name will be read exactly as you entered it when you registered via your student portal and it will be limited to your first and last name and that of your parent(s). 

7. How will my name appear in the CLCC program?

Your name will appear exactly as you it appears in PeopleSoft. If you have more than one last name, the database will automatically drop the second last name. Names will be listed by college.

ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS - IMPORTANT:   You will be listed under "Division of Graduate Studies."

8. What is my participation fee used for?

The participation fee is used to cover costs associated with the ceremony, e.g., rental of the Save Mart Center. See Graduate Instructions #1.

9. How many guests can I invite and is there a fee?

Admission to the celebration is FREE and graduates may invite as many guests as they wish. Parking around the Save Mart Center is free. To guarantee that your family shares this special moment, it is IMPORTANT that they show up early (after 5:15 pm). Last year, we reached capacity and people were not allowed entrance.

10. What is a sash?

Since 1976, each participating student receives the official CLCC graduation sash, which represents the student's bi- or multi-culturality (as Chicano or Latino Americans) and pays tribute to their or their parents' cultural origins.

11. I am not of Mexican origin, which sash will I get?

Students are able to choose the colors of their or their parents' Latin American heritage, for example, Colombian, Puerto Rican, El Salvadorian. WHILE STUDENTS OF NON-LATIN AMERICAN HERITAGE CAN PARTICIPATE, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE A NON-LATIN AMERICAN SASH.


12. Can I wear my honor cords at the CLCC?


13. What if I miss the registration deadline?

You may be able to register after the deadline. However, there will be a late fee of $10.00. Since you are registering after the deadline, your name will not appear in the CLCC written program. All students who paid the fee, regardless of the time they registered, will have their name READ at the ceremony. 

14. Do I have to attend the one mandatory rehearsal at Save Mart Center? 

Yes, a practice session has been scheduled for all CLCC participants. Rehearsal will be from 4:30 pm - 6 pm. ON THURSDAY MAY 14, 2020 AT THE SAVEMART CENTER.

15. If you will not be able to attend, due to a final exam, it is your responsibility to contact someone who is attending the rehearsal to get an update or you can stop by after your final.  

16.  If I am a dual major, which major should I list?

You will be listed under your primary major. Your name will only appear in the CLCC written program if you apply before the application deadline.

17. Will I receive official 'approval' to participate in the commencement?

Yes, an email will be sent to all students with instructions what to expect for the day of the ceremony.

18. Can I get my application fee back if I am no longer able to attend commencement?

No, the $35 application fee is a non-refundable fee. 

19. Am I allowed to bring banners, signs, etc?

NO. Students, Staff, Faculty are NOT allowed to bring banners, signs, balloons, etc onto the Save Mart Center floor as those items may be distracting to fellow participants. As participants in the Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration, you agree to comply with these expectations. Your guests in the stands are able to bring signs to show their support for your accomplishments. 

20. Who do I contact if I have questions?

Questions can be directed to