Families and Guests

  • Parent hugging graduate
  • guest taking selfie with graduate
  • Guest taking photo with graduate
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  • Guest taking photo with graduate
  • Guest with graduate

 

Family and friends are always welcome to attend University ceremonies! For the University Commencement Ceremony, no tickets or registration is required. However, other individual ceremonies for the eight colleges and affinity groups may require registration. Please check here.

All of the information for attending the University Commencement Ceremony will be included in the table below.

Schedule

 

TIME BASICS INSTRUCTIONS
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.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. 
12:30 p.m. Graduate Line-Up and Entering
  • 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 ceremony. 
1:00 p.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).
1:30 p.m. Ceremony
  • Graduates and guests to remain seated for the entire ceremony.
  • Undergraduate candidates will be recognized by college/school first. The Deans 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 their mortarboard. 
  • Master's degree candidates will then be presented, and their degrees conferred. 
  • Doctoral candidates will process across the stage.
3:00 p.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 their own. Meet your party outside the building. 

Security Details

Bag inspection and electronic wanding will be in effect Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 for all Save Mart Center graduation ceremonies. All students, faculty, staff, volunteers, guests and vendors are advised to review the statement below and allow extra time to enter the facility:

  • All guests entering the Save Mart Center are subject to a search of their person and their property, this includes a visual inspection and a bag inspection conducted by Save Mart Center security personnel. Persons entering the facility, as a condition of the license to enter, may be subject to search by electronic wand regardless of whether they are carrying any of the above-mentioned items. The purpose of the inspection is to detect prohibited items.
  • The Save Mart Center prohibits backpacks and any bags larger than 12" x 6" x 12". The only approved bags are diaper bags, bags smaller than 12" x 6" x 12", and medically-necessary items (after proper inspection). All bags are subject to search.
  • To ensure a smooth and efficient security process when entering the Save Mart Center, graduates and faculty wearing academic regalia are advised to carry their robes into event venues and then dress in designated lineup areas.
  • Any signage that will obstruct the view of other ceremony guests for an extended period of time may be subject to removal by venue management.

In order to provide a safe and secure environment for all, the following items are not permitted at Fresno State graduation ceremony venues, but not limited to:

  • Hoverboards
  • Bottles, cans coolers or similar containers
  • Food, drinks or illegal substances
  • Any weapon, including guns, stun guns, chains, studded bracelets
  • Video equipment, professional camera, tripods or recording devices
  • Laser pointers, aerosol cans, noise-makers, fireworks
  • Helium balloons
  • Tobacco and Smoking, including e-cigarettes or vapors
  • Lighters of any kind
  • Selfie sticks
  • Pets or non-service animals
  • Explosives
  • Handcuffs, Brass knuckles, Sticks, Clubs, Batons, Martial arts instruments
  • Pepper spray, Tear gas
  • Knives of any kind
  • Any other items determined to be unacceptable or dangerous by venue management

Seating and Accessibility 

Save Mart Center Map

  • Arena doors open for guest seating at TBD.  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 above 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

Logistics

  • Designate a meeting place outside the Save Mart Center immediately after the University Commencement Ceremony.
  • While guests are not permitted on the floor at any time, 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.
  • Any signage that will obstruct the view of other ceremony guests for an extended period of time may be subject to removal by venue management.
  • 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.

Photography

 GradImages is the official commencement photographer at Fresno State. 

Proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. In order to notify graduates when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Graduate information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering is simply a way to make 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, call 800.261.2576 or email giservice@gradimages.net.