Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the CHHS Convocation?

 Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:15 a.m.

Where will the convocation be located? 

Save Mart Center at Fresno State (2650 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93710)

Who can participate in the convocation?

All of our bachelor's, master's and doctoral candidates, from each of our seven academic departments, will be recognized.

What is the deadline to apply for graduation?

  • Undergraduate Degree filing deadline is February 14, 2019. 
  • Graduate Degree filing deadline is February 1, 2019

Application and additional information can be found HERE.

How do I know if I am eligible to graduate and participate in the CHHS Convocation? 


To be eligible, undergraduate students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be registered as a matriculated, undergraduate student in the College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State for the current Spring 2019 semester or have already graduated during Summer or Fall 2019. Students registered only through Open University or Extended Education do not qualify. 
  2. Student must have a declared major in the College of Health and Human Services. Any "pre" majors do not qualify (e.g. pre-nursing). Student must currently have a minimum of 100 units earned. In-progress units do not count towards this 100-unit requirement. 
  3. Student must currently have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
  4. For exceptions, seek consultation with department chair. 


To be eligible, graduate students must meet the following requirements, as described on the Division of Research and Graduate Studies website:

  1. Have an approved "Petition of Advancement to Candidacy" on file in the Division of Graduate Studies office.
  2. Attain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the program
  3. Receive approval from their graduate program coordinator prior to completing the online application. 
  4. NOTE: Graduate students who will be applying to graduate in the summer or fall of 2019 are eligible to participate in the CHHS Convocation. 

How do I register to participate in the CHHS Convocation?

In addition to meeting the above requirements, students must complete the CHHS Convocation Registration Form HERE by the deadline date of April 19, 2019.  

Will the names of all graduates be read?

Yes! All participating graduates will be individually recognized by walking across the stage and having their name read. 

Will master's and doctoral candidates be hooded during the college convocation?

Yes. All master's and doctoral candidates will be hooded during the ceremony. 

Will my mentor and/or faculty member of my choice hood me?

The Convocation Task Force has formed a Hooding Subcommittee, comprised of faculty and master's students, to explore the possibility of this. Details are still being determined at the moment. 

What kind of regalia will I need to wear?

All students participating in the College of Health and Human Services Convocation are required to wear the University-approved academic regalia (cap and gown), which must be purchased/rented in advance of the ceremony from Kennel Bookstore. 

For more information on that, please visit:

Will the college have stoles to purchase? 

The college will not have stoles to purchase, but each participating graduate will receive a commemorative gift.

Please contact your department office regarding the possibility of stoles within your department and/or major. 

Where do I get honor cords and related honor regalia?

Contact your specific honors office/department for additional information. 

Will guests need tickets and if so, is there a limit on how many tickets each participating student will receive?

Since the convocation will be held in the Save Mart Center, this allows for a larger capacity of guests. NO tickets are required for entry. 

Will the ceremony be free for guests to attend? 


Will students be able to have a separate event, at the department-level or through student clubs, that celebrates and recognizes their achievements?

Yes. If a department or student groups wish to hold other student-led celebrations for their graduating students, we ask that these celebrations be called one of the following: 

  • Special Recognition Ceremony. Examples include Doctoral Recognition Ceremony, Master's Recognition Ceremony, etc. 
  • Student Achievement Ceremony and Awards
  • Academic Rite of Passage Ceremony or Celebration
  • Other name approved by department chair and dean in consultation with students 

The individual departments will decide on the programmatic details of their special recognition ceremony (i.e. pinning, etc). 


Will there be a designated area for CHHS graduates and family/friends to celebrate after the ceremony? 

We are exploring options for a college-wide reception immediately following the ceremony. More info will be determined at a later date. 

What is the difference between convocation and commencement?

The CHHS Convocation celebrates all of our graduating students and will include individual recognition of each student who has earned a degree. In addition, doctoral and master's students will be hooded during this ceremony. Each college and school at Fresno State organizes their own celebration to honor their graduates. 

The Commencement is the University-wide ceremony all colleges attend. During this ceremony, the graduating students' degrees are officially conferred by President Joseph I. Castro. 

Who can I contact for any questions or comments I have?

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