2018 UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Save Mart Center 
2650 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA
 

University Commencement Ceremony Timeline

  • Doors open for guest seating: 8 a.m.
  • Graduates arrive for line-up: 8 a.m.
  • Processional starts: 9:30 a.m.
  • Ceremony starts: 10 a.m.

NO REGISTRATION OR TICKETS REQUIRED for graduates and guests

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Download: 2018 University Commencement Information Brochure (pdf)

 

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY INFORMATION

  • There is NO REHEARSAL for this event; read the following information carefully.
  • NO REGISTRATION OR TICKETS REQUIRED for graduates and guests

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GRADUATE LINE-UP PROCESS

Graduates assemble at the loading dock of the Save Mart Center (entrance located at southeast corner of Chestnut Ave and Matoian Ave.).

Bag inspection and electronic wanding will be in effect at all Save Mart Center points of entry. To ensure a smooth and efficient line-up process, graduates are advised of the following:

  • Arrive at the loading dock entrance with graduation gown in hand. Once admitted to the line-up area you will put on your gown.
  • Leave all personal belongings (purses, bags, backpacks) with guests.
  • No open beverages or containers are allowed in line-up area. Graduates will be asked to dispose of any Beverages or containers at trash receptacles located at the top of the loading dock ramp. Water is available throughout the line-up area.

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking down the Save Mart Center loading dock ramp.

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL GRADUATION EXPERIENCE

Celebrate your accomplishments with friends and family safely and responsibly. Sign the Safe Celebrating pledge online at http://bit.ly/FSSafeCelebrating

Review the Commencement Expectations with your fellow graduates and guests.

 

TIME BASICS INSTRUCTIONS
8-8:30 a.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.
8:30-9:30 a.m. Graduate Line-Up and Enering
  • 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 the ceremony.
9:30 a.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).
10:00 a.m. Ceremony
  • Graduates and guests to remain seated for the entire ceremony.
  • Undergraduate candidates will be recognized by college/school first. The Dean 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 the mortarboard.
  • Master's degree candidates will then be presented, and their degrees conferred.
  • Doctoral candidates will process across the stage.
11:30 a.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 your own. Meet your party outside the building.

 

 

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

 

  • Arena doors open for guest seating at 8 a.m. 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 following 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.

 

Commencement 2016 - Seating Chart

 

NORTH SIDE SOUTH SIDE WEST SIDE

Doctor of Nursing Program

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Kremen School of Education and Human Development

• Curriculum and Instruction
• Educational Leadership
• Counselor Education and Rehabilitation
• Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education
• Liberal Studies

Lyles College of Engineering

• Civil and Geomatics Engineering
• Construction Management
• Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

The Craig School of Business

• Accountancy
• Aerospace Studies
• Economics
• Finance and Business Law
• Information Systems and Decision Sciences
• Management
• Marketing and Logistics
• Military Science

College of Arts and Humanities

• Armenian Studies
• Art & Design
• Communication
• English
• Linguistics
• Mass Communication and Journalism
• Modern and Classical Languages
• Music
• Philosophy
• Theatre Arts

 

Doctor of Educational Leadership Program

College of Science and Mathematics

• Biology
• Mathematics
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Earth and Environmental Sciences
• Physics
• Psychology

Jordan College of Agricultural  Sciences and Technology

• Agricultural Business
• Animal Science and Agricultural Education
• Child, Family, and Consumer Sciences
• Food Science and Nutrition
• Industrial Technology
• Plant Science
• Viticulture and Enology

College of Health and Human Services

• Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies
• Kinesiology
• Nursing
• Physical Therapy
• Public Health
• Recreation Administration
• Social Work Education

College of Social Sciences

• Africana Studies
• Anthropology
• Chicano and Latin American Studies
• Criminology
• Geography and City and Regional Planning
• History
• Political Science
• Sociology
• Women's Studies

 

  • Designate a meeting place at the Bulldog for Life Graduation Celebration (outside on the South Lawn of Save Mart Center / along Shaw Ave.) immediately after the University Commencement Ceremony.
  • 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.

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.


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