Saturday, May 20, 2017
Save Mart Center 
2650 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA

University Commencement Ceremony Timeline

  • Doors open for guest seating: 8 a.m.
  • Graduates arrive for line-up: 8 a.m.
  • Processional starts: 9:30 a.m.
  • Ceremony starts: 10 a.m.



  • There is NO REHEARSAL for this event; read the following information carefully.
  • NO REGISTRATION OR TICKETS REQUIRED for graduates and guests

Parking, Directions and Map »

Prior to Ceremony

  1. Make arrangements where to meet your guests outside the building after the ceremony -- guests are not permitted on the floor level.
  2. Confirm with your guest which college/school you’re graduating from so they can spot you.
  3. NO coats, purses, bags, backpacks or personal items will be allowed.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking down the loading dock ramp.

Ceremony Timeframe

8:30 a.m.
  • Assemble in the loading dock at the Save Mart Center (Northeast side of building, closest to Chestnut Ave.). Students who have mobility concerns may use the elevator inside the Northeast corner of the arena.
  • Once admitted, you will put on your regalia; it must be worn throughout the procession and ceremony.
  • Undergraduate candidates: The cap is worn squarely on the head with the point in the middle of the forehead, tassel on the RIGHT side of the mortarboard.
  • Graduate candidates: Your tassel will be on the LEFT side of the mortarboard.
  • Regalia items will be available for sale in the assembly area for last minute needs.
  • Line up behind the sign designating your college or school.
9:30 a.m.
  • Last chance for restroom break prior to the ceremony.
  • Order of Procession: Dean’s Medal recipients and Bachelor’s candidates by college (in two lines) will be followed by all Master’s and Doctoral candidates, then faculty, and then the President’s platform party.
9:30 a.m. Processional
  • At the proper signal, graduates will follow the marshals and process into the arena.
  • Stand directly in front of your seat. When the entire row is full, you may be seated.
  • Please stand when the President’s party enters (after all graduates and faculty are seated).
10:00 a.m. Ceremony
  • Please remain seated for the entire ceremony.
  • Undergraduate candidates will be recognized by college/school first. The Dean of your college or school will tell you when to stand as a group during the ceremony.
  • When President Castro confers all the undergraduate degrees, undergraduates will stand and move their tassel to the left side of the mortarboard.
  • Master’s degree candidates will then be presented, and their degrees conferred.
  • Doctoral Candidates will process across the stage.
11:30 a.m. Recessional
  • Please stand for the recessional. The President’s Party exits first, followed by faculty.
  • After faculty have exited, you are free to leave the building on your own. Meet your guests outside the building.



  • NO REGISTRATION OR TICKETS REQUIRED for graduates and guests

Parking, Directions and Map »

Prior to Ceremony

  1. Designate a meeting place with your graduate outside the arena following the ceremony; guests are not permitted on the floor level after the ceremony.
  2. Your graduate may not bring a coat, purse, bag, backpack or other personal items to the arena.  Please have your graduate leave all belongings except regalia with you. 
  3. Confirm which college/school your student is graduating from so you can select your seats accordingly

 Ceremony Timeframe

8-9 a.m. Arrival
  • No tickets are required, there is no limit on guests.
  • Arena doors open at 8 a.m., seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
8-9 a.m. Seating
  • You may sit anywhere in the arena except on the floor and in lower sections 102, 103, 104 (reserved for graduates). You will want to sit on the side of the arena where your graduate will be seated. Their seating is designated by the specific college/school their degree is from.  See the Seating Chart for the Save Mart Center Arena for details.
8-9 a.m. Accessible
  • Seating for guests in wheelchairs is available throughout the arena. Due to limited space, only one person is permitted to accompany a person in a wheelchair.
  • Ushers will direct guests with difficulty climbing stairs to the northwest elevator to access seating areas from the arena floor. Following the ceremony, these guests may exit using the arena floor elevator.
  • The first row of Section 111 is designated for guests with special hearing needs.
8-9 a.m. Merchandise
and Drinks
  • The concession stands in the arena will be open for water and soft drink purchases only.
  • Flower bouquets and fresh leis will be for sale at merchandise sites throughout the arena.
  • Alumni gear will also be available for sale in the atrium on Commencement day or at the Kennel Bookstore.
9:30 a.m. Processional

  • Graduates will process into the arena starting at approximately 9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m. Ceremony
  • You may take photographs from your seat throughout the event. You will not be permitted on the floor, nor can you leave your seat to get closer to the floor to take photographs.
  • Diplomas will be mailed to student’s permanent address.
11:30 a.m. Recessional
  • After faculty have exited, please leave the arena. You will meet your graduate outside the building.



Commencement 2016 - Seating Chart


Doctor of Nursing Program

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Kremen School of Education and Human Development

• Curriculum and Instruction
• Educational Leadership
• Counselor Education and Rehabilitation
• Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education
• Liberal Studies

Lyles College of Engineering

• Civil and Geomatics Engineering
• Construction Management
• Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

The Craig School of Business

• Accountancy
• Aerospace Studies
• Economics
• Finance and Business Law
• Information Systems and Decision Sciences
• Management
• Marketing and Logistics
• Military Science

College of Arts and Humanities

• Armenian Studies
• Art & Design
• Communication
• English
• Linguistics
• Mass Communication and Journalism
• Modern and Classical Languages
• Music
• Philosophy
• Theatre Arts


Doctor of Educational Leadership Program

College of Science and Mathematics

• Biology
• Mathematics
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Earth and Environmental Sciences
• Physics
• Psychology

Jordan College of Agricultural  Sciences and Technology

• Agricultural Business
• Animal Science and Agricultural Education
• Child, Family, and Consumer Sciences
• Food Science and Nutrition
• Industrial Technology
• Plant Science
• Viticulture and Enology

College of Health and Human Services

• Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies
• Kinesiology
• Nursing
• Physical Therapy
• Public Health
• Recreation Administration
• Social Work Education

College of Social Sciences

• Africana Studies
• Anthropology
• Chicano and Latin American Studies
• Criminology
• Geography and City and Regional Planning
• History
• Political Science
• Sociology
• Women's Studies


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