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. (see home page for a list of committee members). 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?

Although the CLCC will be organized out CLAS, it is a program under the Division of Academic Affairs.  It is open to ALL graduating Fresno State students.

3. Can non-Latinos participate?


4. Who is eligible to participate in CLCC? 

Any student who meets ONE of the following criteria:

  • Completed degree requirements in fall 2016 
  • Has applied to graduate for spring 2017
  • Plans to complete all degree requirements in summer or fall 2017

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 submit a separate participation form and fee 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 on your application and it will be limited to your first and last name and that of your parents. 

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

Your name will appear exactly as you entered on your online application. If you have more than one last name, the database will automatically drop the second last name. 

8. Why does the participation form ask for degree and major?

This information is important because, if you submitted your participation form and paid the fee before the deadline, it allows us to list you in the CLCC program under the proper College and major.  

MASTER/GRADUATE STUDENTS - IMPORTANT:   Please note when filling out the application in the Major Selection you will select "Division of Graduate Studies."

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.


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


14. Can I still participate if it is after the deadline?

Yes, you may submit a participation form after the deadline. However, there may be a late charge of $10.00. Since you are submitting a participation form after the deadline, your name will not appear in the CLCC written program. All students who paid the fee, regardless of the time their participation form was submitted, will have their name read at the ceremony.

15. 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 is just over an hour long. 

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 on my participation form?

You should list 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?

No, an 'approval' email will not be sent. Students are eligible to participate in the Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration as long as they submit a participation form and pay the $35 fee. (Please also refer to question #4 above).

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. Who do I contact if I have questions?

Questions can be directed to