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Commencement

Applying for December 2022 Commencement

  • Priority Registration closes August 15
    • Apply on or before August 15 and only pay the $100 application fee.
  • Registration Period closes September 30
    • Apply on or before September 30 and pay the $100 application fee plus the additional $50 late fee.
  • The graduation application can be completed online
    • Click here to access the online form.
  • Any questions about the graduation application can be directed to the Registrar’s office at registrar@fresno.edu or (559)453-3676.

Fall Commencement Ceremony Details

We are looking forward with anticipation to our fall commencement ceremony in December! Please see below for updated information regarding this year’s fall commencement:

  • The live stream of the ceremony is available for viewing. Link to the live stream will be available here one week prior to commencement.
  • We will be hosting one commencement ceremony honoring all student populations (TUG, Grad and Degree Completion) on Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 a.m.
  • The ceremony will be held at Selland Arena in Downtown Fresno located at 700 M. Street, Fresno CA, 93721. Graduates will be seated by school. Please view this map to see which side of the arena floor each school will be seated on.
  • Doors open to the arena for guests at 8:30am, see this map to view available entrances to the arena.
  • As of April 1 2022, the State of California lifted the vaccine card/negative testing requirement for mega events (events over 1,000 attendees). Currently proof of vaccine or negative test will not be required for entry. If guidelines change, we will provide updates accordingly.
  • Masks are not required. If guidelines change, we will provide updates accordingly.
  • We will continue to follow state and local COVID-19 guidelines related to gatherings and events. We will respond accordingly if guidelines and requirements change.
  • No air horns, balloons or glass vases are permitted inside of the building.
  • For information on security and policies related to the convention center please visit this webpage.

Line Up Information

  • Line up for graduates and faculty will take place in Valdez Hall, located directly across the outside concourse from the Selland Arena. Please view this map to see the location of where line up will take place.
  • Students participating in the ceremony need to be in line up area no later than 9:00 a.m. The lineup area is where you will pick up your name card and line up by school prior to walking into the arena. Please plan accordingly and wear appropriate shoes.
  • Doors to the lineup area will open at 8:00 a.m.
  • There will not be a secure place to store valuables so plan to have a discrete way to carry your personal items with you.

Hooding Ceremony

  • The hooding ceremony for our master’s degree students will take place on Friday evening, December 16.
    • Location: Special Events Center at Fresno Pacific University, Main Campus
    • Ceremony Time: 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
    • Tickets will be required for guests to attend the hooding ceremony.
    • Additional communication with further details and ticket information will be going out in early October to our master’s degree candidates.

As additional information is available, students will receive an email and this page will also be updated. We are excited to celebrate all of our graduates in May and look forward to the opportunity to celebrate together!

Parking

  • Parking is $20/car in the main parking lot. Please view this map to see locations of nearby parking garages.
  • Parking is also available in the nearby parking garage and metered parking on the street will also available.

Commencement Medallion

Commencement medallion zipper pull

 

 

 

 

Show your FPU pride with a unique zipper-pull medallion to wear on your grad gown. Make a gift to the university of $20.22 or more in honor of your grad year, and we’ll thank you by giving you a medallion. Your small gift will have a big impact on students next year through the Scholarship Fund. You will be able to pick up your medallion before the commencement ceremony in the graduate line-up area.

Make your gift

If you have any additional questions, please contact Ali Sena at ali.sena@fresno.edu.

FPU Bookshop

The bookshop is located on our main campus and they are open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. They can be reached by phone at 559-453-2078.

Purchasing Regalia

Regalia is now available for purchase on Josten's Website. To purchase regalia, please visit this webpage.

Please Note:

  • Online ordering deadline: November 10, 2022 (you need to place your order by this date in order to ensure you receive it in time for commencement).
  • Orders usually ship within 5 weeks.

All orders before November 10, 2022 should be placed online through the Jostens website at the link provided above. The Bookshop will have limited supply available for purchase in store and on the bookstore website, after the online ordering deadline of November 10, 2022.

Coming Soon: You can also order your Souvenir tassels, (these are not to be worn during Commencement) Diploma Frames, FPU Yard signs, and approved Ethnic Sashes on our campus bookstore site.

Approved Commencement Regalia

Ethnic Sash Outline & Criteria

Shop bookstore online

Photo the 2022 tassel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Returns

Regalia returns if purchased through Josten’s website may be returned within 30 days of purchase with receipt. All returns must be unopened and in their original packaging. When returning items, please include the following information:

  • Include name, address, phone number, school name and reason
  • Write the information on the original package slip if possible
  • Return to address: Jostens Returns, 501 Lynn Avenue, Laurens, SC 29360
  • Call or email Jostens Consumer Contact Center with your tracking number at 800-854-7464 or email tracking number to collservpaperwork@jostens.com.
  • Credit will be issued after receipt of return. No refund on shipping costs.

If you purchased your regalia in store, if may be returned within 30 days before the ceremony and only if unopened. No returns are accepted after Friday, December 16, 2022.

Virtual Ring Events:

Be on the lookout for Josten's upcoming ring event dates. Dates to be determined.

Honors Cords:

If you have received Latin honors, you will receive an email in April from the Registrar’s office or your Academic Advisor with information about when and where to pick them up.

Flower Purchases:

To further contribute to a safe and efficient environment for our graduates, guests, and faculty, we are strongly encouraging families to take advantage of our online pre-order service. We will have a contact-free customer experience for guests who are simply picking up their pre-purchased and reserved product. This will also increase overall physical distancing measures.

Pre-orders will be taken up until December 14 and the pre-order link can be found here.