The fall commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, December 11th at 6:30pm at Selland Arena for traditional undergraduate, degree completion and graduate students. Hooding ceremonies will take place just prior to the commencement service in Valdez hall at 5:00pm. Specific instructions for the hooding ceremonies will be emailed out by each school.
The Fall Comencement map can be found here.
No rehearsal is scheduled. Students need to gather at 5:45pm outside on the southeast side of the arena (under the covered area), wearing their regalia and holding their personalized name cards.
Commencement packets will be mailed out in early November and will include participant instructions, a map and a personalized name card.
Tickets and Seating
No tickets will be required for the fall commencement ceremony. Doors will open one hour before the main ceremony. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis at Selland Arena. The ceremony will also be streaming online at fresno.edu/live.
Special Needs Seating
For special seating arrangements (i.e. hearing impaired, wheelchair, ASL 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 1" X 1" 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 Pacific 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.