Graduate Instructions

CHICANO/LATINO COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATION

In order to help us plan and conduct a successful Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration for our graduates and their family members and guests, participating graduates MUST FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

PARKING INFORMATION:

Due to expected high volume of traffic generated from the Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration and from the new Campus Pointe retail center east of the Save Mart Center, please click on the MAP link for information on alternate routes and places to park in order to reduce traffic congestion and parking. 

MAP 
 

This will help you in planning for early arrival and departure from the Save Mart Center.

 

Security Information - click here:  Instructions

General Information:

PLEASE NOTE: YOUR NAME WILL NOT APPEAR ON THE PROGRAM IF YOUR PARTICIPATION FORM IS TURNED IN AFTER THE DEADLINE. Please see "Important Dates " for more information. 

1. $35.00 Application fee

2. The Sash (to view the sash click on this link)

3.  Date, time, and location of Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration

4. Graduation attire and Invitations/announcements

5. Mandatory Graduate Rehearsal Session

6. Information for guests

7. Special Instructions for CLCC.

8.DVD recording of the Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration

1. $35.00 APPLICATION FEE

Funds collected from graduate participation fees are used to pay the cost associated with the use of the Save Mart Center.  This includes the charges for safety officers and Save Mart Center staff. 

Fees can be paid online after completing the participation form or paid by cash, check, money order, or Visa/MasterCard at the Cashier Windows in the Joyal Administration Building from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm - Mon-Fri.  Make checks and money orders payable to:  Fresno State and include your student ID number.

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2. THE SASH

The sash is a “gift” that each graduate student will get with the colors of the flag that represents Mexico. The sash will be distributed on the day of Commencement Celebration.

Colors from other Latin Countries

If you have selected a sash with the colors of a Latin country other than Mexico (e.g. Peru, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, etc.), you will also be receiving that sash the day of the event.

3. COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE

The Fresno State Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration will be held on:

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Save Mart Center.

Program: 6  to 8:30 pm

Graduates are required to meet at the loading dock on the northeast corner of the Save Mart Center Building by 4:30pm.

4. GRADUATION ATTIRE AND INVITATIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Academic regalia is required.  Caps, gowns, and invitations/announcements will be available for purchase at the Kennel Bookstore during the month of March. Graduate Students will be hooded at the ceremony.

  5. MANDATORY GRADUATE REHEARSAL SESSION

Rehearsal will be held at the Save Mart Center on the Thursday prior to Saturday's CLCC.

Date: May 18, 2017 (mandatory rehearsal)

Time: 3 to 4:15 p.m.

We will meet at the loading dock located on the northeast side of the Save Mart Center Building. 

One practice session has been scheduled for the CLCC participants. It is mandatory for graduates to attend. If your final is scheduled at the same time as the rehearsal, try to stop by the Save Mart Center after your final if possible or if you have a friend attending, you will need to get that information from him/her.

6. FAMILY MEMBERS AND GUESTS

Guest with Wheel Chairs - Handicapped seating is available throughout the arena and you are encouraged to seek usher assistance.  Due to a limited space, only one person is permitted to accompany a person in a wheelchair.

Guest with Hearing Impairments - An interpreter will be stationed at the lower section/rows of Section 111 (Shaw Avenue side).

Admission to the celebration is free and graduates may invite as many guests as they wish. There will be free parking available in the parking lots north of the Save Mart Center.

7. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS 

Graduates must arrive at 4:30 pm at the loading dock on the northeast corner of the Save Mart Center Building. IMPORTANT: Graduates must be prepared to form the procession line by 5:15 pm.  CLCC volunteers will be available to assist in the process.

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8. DVD of the Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration

We will be producing a DVD of the CLCC.  It will include segments of the event and will contain the entire recognition of graduates on stage.  The recognition of graduates on stage will consist of hearing the graduates' name as it is read on stage and capturing a portion of the graduate walking across the stage as she/he is congratulated by the platform party.

The DVDs can be purchased for $30.00 (no refunds) and must be paid in advance either online or at the Cashier's Window in the Joyal Building. Once we receive the DVDs in June, we will be contacting you via email to let you know when you can pick up the DVD or if you would like it mailed to your address. Please note that if you do want the DVD mailed, CLCC nor Fresno State is responsible if it is lost.