Commencement Expectations

Commencement and graduation ceremonies at Fresno State symbolize the culmination of many years of hard work. It is a time for you, your family and friends to recognize and celebrate your success!

We ask for your help in making these ceremonies a positive experience for everyone.  Misconduct by even a few would be disturbing to the graduates, faculty, and guests who expect and deserve a safe, orderly, and dignified ceremony. 

All Fresno State Commencement and graduation ceremonies are alcohol, drug, smoke, vapor and tobacco-free events and a zero-tolerance for disorderly behavior will be strictly enforced.  Graduates and guests will not be permitted to carry alcoholic beverages into ceremony sites or consume them there.

Graduates and guests who are intoxicated or disruptive will not be allowed in the ceremony venue or will be escorted from the ceremony.

Please help us make Class of 2018 Commencement and graduation ceremonies events to remember with celebration and honor!

Safe Celebrating Events

As you gear up for Commencement weekend, all graduates are invited to the following Safe Celebrating events

Event Time / Location Details

Alternative Grad Night 2018


Thursday May 17th, 7-9 p.m.

Bulldog Zone and Bulldog Bowl (Lower level of the USU)

Enjoy FREE pizza and swag for graduates (while supplies last), FREE bowling and billiards for ALL, a DJ & dancing and various prizes! Don't forget to bring your graduation cap - decorating supplies will be available for graduates to decorate your cap for the big weekend.


Breakfast before University Commencement for Graduates


Saturday, May 19 starting 7:30 a.m.

Save Mart Center Lower Loading Dock

FREE breakfast burritos for graduating students will be provided on Saturday, May 19th starting at 7:30am at Main Commencement Graduate line up (Save Mart Center loading dock).



Pledge your Support

Join the Safe Celebrating Pledge:

I join the Fresno State community to pledge my commitment to celebrate safely, to help other students learn about Safe Celebrating, and to intervene when I see a person in need because of alcohol or drug consumption.