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Fresno State Graduates

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check back here, as our FAQs will be continuously updated. Please note: this information is for CHHS graduates only. 

CHHS Commencement Details 

The official CHHS Commencement will be on 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the Save Mart Center at Fresno State.

  • All of our bachelor's, master's and doctoral candidates, from each of our seven academic departments, will be recognized.
  • All participating graduates will be individually recognized and have their name read. 
  • Master's and doctoral graduates will be hooded by a graduate faculty within their respective departments. 

In addition to meeting the graduation requirements (per the Office of the Registrar), students must complete the CHHS Commencement registration form, by Friday, April 12, 2024. 

The ceremony will be livestreamed on Fresno State's official commencement website.

All students who have graduated in summer or fall 2023, have applied to graduate in spring 2024 or will be applying to graduate in the summer or fall of 2024 are eligible to participate in the CHHS Commencement. For additional requirements, see below:


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

  • Must be registered as a matriculated, undergraduate student in the College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State for the current Spring 2024 semester or have already graduated during Summer or Fall 2023. Students registered only through Open University or Extended Education do not qualify
  • Student must have a declared major in the College of Health and Human Services. Any "pre" majors do not qualify (e.g. pre-nursing). It is recommended that students have completed at least 100 units before participating in the commencement ceremony. In-progress units do not count towards this 100-unit recommendation.
  • Student must currently have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
  • For exceptions, seek consultation with department chair
  • Undergraduate Degree filing deadline is February 14, 2024. Learn more


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

  • Have an approved "Petition of Advancement to Candidacy" on file in the Division of Graduate Studies office.
  • Attain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the program
  • Receive approval from their graduate program coordinator prior to completing the online application. 
  • Graduate Degree filing deadline is February 2, 2024. Learn more

Please continue checking this FAQ page for the latest information or contact the CHHS Dean's Office at 559.278.4004. You may also leave a comment on our contact form

Graduate Information

  • CHHS stoles can be purchased at the link. Quantites are limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pickup dates and times will be provided to graduates who register for the commencement. 
  • Students who have earned honor cords will be contacted by a representative of their respective department and/or the CHHS dean's office regarding a pick up time/date. 

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

For other grad gear, please visit:

See seating chart in 'Day of Commencement Information' below

Guest Information

  • The ceremony is free to atttend. Tickets are not required for entry and there is no limit to the amount of guests per graduate.

  • Guests are to arrive at least 45 minutes before the scheduled start time of the ceremony to provide ample time to get through the security checkpoints at the entrances.

Parking around the Save Mart Center during University Commencement is free. Adjacent parking lots are located directly to the north of the event arena between Chestnut and Woodrow Avenues.

Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and saving large quantities of seats is not permitted. 

Day of Commencement Information (For Graduates)

Time Details  Instructions 
8:45 a.m. Graduate arrival and lineup 
  • Assemble on the loading dock at the northeast end of the Save Mart Center (closest to Chestnut Ave.)
  • Check in at the tables inside the dock area. Keep your name card with you at all times, as you will hand it to the reader on stage. This will also be the name card given to Flash images for your portraits.
  • After checking in, line up behind the sign designating your department. Department staff will be on hand to guide you. 
  • Do not wear your regalia or cap. After passing the security checkpoint, graduates can then put on regalia and cap, which MUST be worn throughout the event. 
  • Graduate students - hold onto your hood until it is time to be hooded. 
10:10 a.m.  Processional begins 
  • When signaled, graduates will follow their department lead into the Save Mart Center
  • Order of procession: Faculty, Doctoral candidates, Master's candidates, Bachelor's candidates
  • Please remain standing until Interim Dean Zografos gives the signal to be seated
10:30 a.m.  Ceremony begins 
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. 
  • Graduates and guests are to remain seated at all times
  • Graduates will be seated by department
  • College staff will signal when it's time for your department to line up and come to the stage to be recognized
  • Each graduate will have their name called and process across the stage
  • Doctoral and Master's degree candidates will be hooded by the respective graduate coordinators within their department.
12:00 p.m. Recessional 
  • Please remain standing for the recessional, unless you are physically unable to do so
  • Faculty and platform party will exit first down middle aisle
  • After faculty have recessed, graduates will exit down the middle aisle and up the stairs near section 102, 103 and 104.
  • Please have a designated spot to meet your party on the arena level or outside the Save Mart Center 


Aerial Map of Save Mart Center

Commencement Seating Map

Professional photographers from Flash Images will be take photos of each graduate as they cross the stage and then again after they exit the stage. Flash Images will use the email address that you provide on your name card to send you complimentary proofs.  

Share your grad experience with us on social media. Tag us at @FresnoStateCHHS or #FresnoStateCHHS or Instagram, Twitter and Facebook or tag Fresno State at #FresnoStateGrad.

All ceremonies held in the Save Mart Center will follow the guidelines and restrictions listed on the Save Mart Center Visitor Information webpage; all attendees are encouraged to read this information before visiting the event arena. Essentially, guests are not to bring alcoholic beverages, weapons or other items that would disrupt the sanctity and safety of the ceremony experience for themselves and others. 

BAG POLICY: Only clear bags will be allowed inside the Save Mart Center. Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and must not exceed 12" x 6" x 12". If the bag is non-clear, it must not exceed 4.5" x 6.5" x 2". Exceptions will be made for necessary medical items, which are subject to inspection prior to entry into the Save Mart Center. Learn more. 

BANNERS/SIGNS: Signs or banners cannot be larger than 2' x 3' feet. No rude or explicit content or wording permitted. Signs must not be made of wood, metal or similar types of materials. Banners and signs may not be affixed anywhere in facility or obstruct guests' views of the event. 

Learn more about Save Mart Center policies. 

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. 

Share your grad experience with us on social media. Tag us at @FresnoStateCHHS or #FresnoStateCHHS or Instagram, Twitter and Facebook or tag Fresno State at #FresnoStateGrad.