Central Valley 2019 Commencement

Celebrate with your graduate

There's a personal story behind each graduate's journey to commencement day. We look forward to celebrating this significant part of the journey with you soon!

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: The ceremony begins at 1 pm. Doors will open at 12 pm for graduates and guests.
Venue: Save Mart Center
Address: 2650 E. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710

If you have any questions, please email Michelle.Graff@phoenix.edu.

Things to know before you go

A $10 parking fee is required for the Pavilion Parking lot.


Both graduates and guests should enter from Grad Central in parking lot 6. From there, guests should proceed to the guest entrance.

Graduate check-in

Please bring your name index card, which shows a bar code with your name and degree, on the day of the ceremony. These cards will be mailed to you approximately two weeks before the ceremony. Additional names cards will be available in Grad Central at a tent labeled Graduate Assistance.

Personal belongings

There is no storage at the commencement venue for personal belongings. Please make arrangements for a guest to hold any personal items or carry them with you at all times. University of Phoenix is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.

Regalia items to bring

Please bring your cap and gown, as well as your stole (undergraduate students) and/or hood (graduate students). Staff will assist you in arranging your hood before the ceremony. Use a cool iron if necessary to ensure a wrinkle-free appearance.

Military graduates: Remember to bring your cord to the ceremony. The military cord is available to order on the regalia web site but will also be available on the day of the ceremony.

For any special regalia needs or for pickup arrangements, National Recognition Products accepts cash or card. Please email ARBartelt@taylorcorp.com if you have questions.

Honor cord eligibility

  • You must be a bachelor’s degree student with a program GPA of 3.85 or higher. The University does not have an honors designation for associate, masters or doctoral students.
  • If you have met the University Honors requirements, by the commencement ceremony date, and have met all other eligibility criteria, will be recognized at commencement ceremonies with the University honor cord.  Students who attend commencement ceremonies and wear the University honor cord before degree conferral are not guaranteed the “Graduated with Honors” designation. Academic standards must be met in order for a “Graduated with Honors” degree to be awarded. Students may fail to meet the University Honors standards after attending commencement ceremonies.  

Honor Cord Distribution Section

The University identifies graduates registered for the commencement who are eligible for the honor cord. If you are eligible to receive an honor cord one will be provided to you at no cost on the day of commencement. If you have any questions, please email Michelle.Graff@phoenix.edu.

ADA Accommodations

If you or any of your guests will require ADA accommodations at the Central Commencement Ceremony, please email Michelle.Graff@phoenix.edu. Wheelchairs are not available, so plan accordingly. There will be several accessible seating areas and ushers at each door can assist guests.


The University has coordinated with Best Grad Photo to photograph graduates before and during the ceremony.

Class rings

The University has coordinated with National Recognition Products to display and sell class rings at Grad Central following the ceremony.

University of Phoenix Memorabilia

Be sure to capture your graduation memories by visiting our University of Phoenix memorabilia table located in Grad Central. Payment options include debit/credit.


Due to fire marshal regulations, strollers are not permitted in the seating area. There will be a designated area for strollers.  Please be advised that University of Phoenix is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.

Lost and found

Please inquire with a University of Phoenix staff member for lost items. Any unclaimed items will be left at the commencement venue.

Road closures

Check Caltrans for any road closures the weekend of commencement.


Before the ceremony, please join us for a special Commencement Reception in Grad Central to celebrate your big day. RSVP is not required, and your guests are welcome to attend. You can also learn about Alumni Services and how to register for the Alumni Association.

Share your accomplishment

Please share ceremony photos and stories about your educational journey on our Facebook page.