Winter 2017 Commencement Schedule

Winter 2017 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 at Golden 1 Center. For Winter 2017 ceremonies, graduates can claim up to 12 guest tickets. Visit the guest tickets page for additional information. 

Graduates are to arrive one hour prior to their ceremony. 

Friday, December 15

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
Doors Open: 10:30 a.m.
Ceremony: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

College of Business Administration 
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Doors Open: 4 p.m.
Ceremony: 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 16

College of Health and Human Services
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Doors Open: 7 a.m.
Ceremony: 8 - 10:30 a.m.

College of Arts and Letters
College of Education
Doors Open: 12:30 p.m.
Ceremony: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations! Graduation day is near and it promises to be a memorable day for you, your family and friends.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help guide you through the process of preparing for graduation—everything from ordering your regalia to making sure your family and friends see your proud moment.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Commencement Office at or call (916) 278–4724.

Questions for Students

Questions for Guests

Preparing for Graduation

Students who have 85 units or more should apply to graduate, as the application begins the process for review of academic requirements and other important tasks that must be completed before Commencement. Students who expect to graduate during the fall semester must apply to graduate by Feb. 1 of that same year. Students who expect to graduate in spring or summer semesters must apply to graduate by Oct. 1 of the previous year.

Your Commencement Day

Congratulations! Your graduation promises to be a memorable day for you and your family and friends. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

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Contact your College

Each academic college appoints a Commencement coordinator. Graduates with questions specific to each ceremony or in need of special accommodations can contact the college's Commencement coordinator for additional information.  

Arts and Letters

Amanda Haddan
Mariposa Hall 5000
(916) 278-6502

Health and Human Services

Tommie Captain
Solano Hall 5002D
(916) 278-7929

Christine M. Kellerman
Solano Hall 5002
(916) 278-4315




Business Administration

Bonnie Burnell
Tahoe Hall 1037
(916) 278-5875

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Laurie Wheless
Sequoia Hall 334
(916) 278-4655

Rosemary Castillo
Sequoia Hall 332
(916) 278-7670




Debbie Santiago
Eureka Hall 224
(916) 278-3618

Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Marsha A. Robinson
Amador Hall 255
(916) 278-6504

Heather M. Mummaw
Amador Hall 255
(916) 278-6504


Engineering and Computer Science

Denise A. Anderson
Riverside Hall 2014
(916) 278-6127







After Graduation Plan Survey

*Participants will be entered into a drawing for a Cruiser Bike!