College of Health and Human Services
Frequently Asked Questions
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CHHS Commencement Details
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). Student must currently have a minimum of 100 units earned. In-progress units do not count towards this 100-unit requirement.
- Student must currently have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
- 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:
- 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.
Yes, the College of Health and Human Services does have stoles, which 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.
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: https://commencement.fresnostate.edu/grad-swag.html
No tickets are required for entry and there is no limit to the amount of guests per graduate. Please note: seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and saving large quantities of seats is not permitted. 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.
Day of Commencement Information (For Graduates)
|Graduate arrival and lineup
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.
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.