Instructions for Parents, Guests and Students

Saturday, May 16, 2015
9:30am, Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA

STUDENTS: YOUR COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY INSTRUCTIONS

There is NO REHEARSAL for this event, so please read carefully!

NO REGISTRATION OR TICKETS REQUIRED!

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TIMEBASICS 
8:00a.m.
to
8:30a.m.
Arrival
and
Line-Up
  • Assemble in the loading dock at the Save Mart Center (Northeast side of building, closest to Chestnut). 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.
  • 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.
  • Regalia items will be available for sale in the assembly area for last minute needs.
  • Complete a photo card, it will be collected as you leave the assembly area to line up.
  • Line up behind the sign designating your college or school.
8:30a.m.
to
9:30a.m.
Entering
  • 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 candidates, then faculty, and then the President’s platform party.
9:30a.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).
10:00a.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, you will stand and move your tassel to the left side of the mortarboard.
  • Master’s degree candidates will then be presented, and their degrees conferred.
  • Doctoral Candidates will receive their degrees and their hoods at the stage.
11:30a.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.

 

GUESTS:  YOUR COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY INSTRUCTIONS 

NO REGISTRATION OR TICKETS REQUIRED!

SEATING CHART, SAVE MART CENTER ARENA – PDF

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TIMEBASICS 
8-9a.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.
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 map on back page for details.
Accessible
Seating
  • 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.
8:30 a.m
to
9:30 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 Book Store.
Photographs
  • 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.
9:30a.m. Processional
and
Ceremony
  • Graduates will process into the arena starting at approximately 9:30 a.m., thirty minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Diplomas will be mailed to student’s permanent address.
11:30a.m. Recessional
  • After faculty have exited, please leave the arena. You will meet your graduate outside the building.

 

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