Humboldt State University

Commencement 2016 Saturday, May 14 | Redwood Bowl

FAQs

    • Who may participate?

      All undergraduate and graduate students who received a degree from Humboldt State during the summer '14 or fall '14 semesters, as well as those who have a graduation date on file at the Registrar's Office and expect to be awarded a degree at the end of the spring '15 or summer '15 or fall '15 semesters are eligible to participate. For answers to your questions, call the Office of the Registrar, 707-826-4101 or go to the website, humboldt.edu/registrar.

      The Commencement program lists the names of graduates and eligible candidates as provided by the Office of the Registrar at the time of publication. The presence or absence of a name in the program does not indicate completion or non-completion of degree requirements.

    • When is the deadline to apply for graduation?

      Students pursuing a bachelor's degree may apply for graduation with the Registrar's Office any time after they have reached junior standing (60 units), and it is strongly recommended they apply AT LEAST three semesters prior to their expected term of graduation.

      Visit the Registrar's site for more information »

      To be kept up to date on all things Commencement, don't forget to register for commencement at humboldt.edu/gradreg.  This is our way of planning and preparing for you and your family to be present at Commencement 2015. 

    • How do I get more information on my graduation status?

      Go to humboldt.edu/studentcenter, or call the Office of the Registrar, 707-826-4101 or go to the website, humboldt.edu/registrar.

    • How do I know if my name will be in the program?

      One way to ensure inclusion in the program is by petitioning to graduate with the Registrar's Office by February 2, 2015 for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2015 graduation AND be listed in the Commencement program. Students who have filed an application for graduation BEFORE the deadlines published for the terms: Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015, and Fall 2015, will be included in the 2015 commencement ceremonies and will have their name included in the Commencement program. 

      Students who do not wish for their names to appear in the Commencement program can request their names be removed.

      Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) you as a student have the right to control the disclosure of your information and records.

      If you do not wish to be included in this public document, you must contact the Office of the Registrar by letter postmarked no later than March 7, 2015. Be sure to mention the Commencement program in your letter.

    • How will my name be read?

      You will be given a Name Reader card with your cap and gown (they will also be available at Commencement prior to the processional). Fill it out completely and give it to the Name Reader as you cross the stage. Your name will be read from the card.

    • When will I get my diploma?

      At the Commencement ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover. The actual diplomas are printed and sent to graduates approximately three to four months after the end of the term they graduated.

    • Will a transcript be sent to me automatically?

      No. You may request a copy of your academic record or transcript by filing a request form with the Office of the Registrar. Details regarding transcript request information may be obtained by calling the Registrar at (707) 826-6185 or visiting humboldt.edu/registrar. Because of the volume of transcript requests, a delay of up to four weeks may occur after grades have been posted. All transcript requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    • What (and when) is Grad Fair?

      Grad Fair is the kick-off of the graduation season. This year it will be April 8 and 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Bookstore.

      Caps and gowns are available for rent at the HSU Bookstore. Master's degree Candidates may purchase a Master's hood for the hooding ceremony. The color of the Master's hood differs, depending upon the degree. Master's degree students graduating with distinction may purchase a gold honor stole.

    • When and where do I line up for the ceremony?

      Candidates for bachelor's and master's degrees assemble in the West Gym in their caps and gowns 45 minutes before their ceremony. Once there, they gather by major. Candidates must bring the Reader Card with them, filled out with their name, phonetic spelling of their name, email address and permanent address. This card will be used by the name reader as each graduate approaches the stage, as well as the photographers to identify and contact graduates.

    • How does the processional happen?

      As the time nears for the graduation ceremony to begin, faculty and staff members at the West Gym will call for graduation candidates to line up in single file with others in their major.

      A college representative will announce when to begin. Though candidates in each major will line up single file, the procession out to the field will consist of two lines side by side, as the lineups of majors from various departments are doubled up. For example, the line of candidates in the Department of English may be marching alongside the line from the Department of Geography.

      The bachelor's degree candidates will follow the master's degree candidates in the procession.

      Led by the mace bearer and student marshals, the procession descends the stairs outside the Forbes Gym Center onto the plaza below, and then moves north through the middle of the Redwood Bowl field to the seating area. (Candidates in wheelchairs may join the procession at the bottom of the stairs in the plaza.)

      Marshals will provide ample guidance, which is why a rehearsal is not necessary.

    • What happens during the ceremony?

      Commencement is a formal, degree-conferring ceremony. Candidates and guests are asked to refrain from the use of cell phones, noisemakers, beach balls and other distractions that could detract from the experience for others.

      The program includes remarks by the University President, and other dignitaries. There may be some special presentations or other short speeches. President Lisa A. Rossbacher will confer degrees on candidates and make note of special honors.

    • How does it end?

      Following the president's congratulatory statements, the mace bearer will lead a recessional from Redwood Bowl, followed by the president's platform party, the faculty and then the graduates. This will conclude the formal ceremony. Receptions are often held by various departments.

    • What's the music?

      The music is performed by the HSU Commencement Brass Choir, under the direction of Professor Gilbert Cline.

      The processional will sound familiar. It is Sir Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance." Depending upon the ceremony, the recessional will be "Light & Truth" or "Triumphal March from Aida."

    • How can I take photos during the ceremony?

      Guests are welcome to take photographs from their seats, but should not stand in the aisles nor block the view of other guests. Only official photographers will be permitted in the platform area.

      At least two different pictures of each graduate will be taken by a commercial photographer from GradImages ®—you will receive an individual portrait and a photo shaking hands with President Lisa A. Rossbacher. The proofs of these pictures will be sent to the graduate. There is no obligation to order these pictures. You can contact GradImages by calling 800.261.2576.

    • Will you take away my beach ball?

      Yes. The Commencement ceremony symbolizes 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 your help in making the ceremony a positive experience for everyone. The University's non-alcohol policy for Commencement will be strictly enforced. Graduates and guests will not be permitted to carry alcoholic beverages into the stadium or consume them there.

      Please note: Alcoholic beverages, balloons, coolers/ice chests, banners, signs, beach balls, noisemakers, silly string, and fireworks are not allowed in Redwood Bowl. Smoking is not permitted in or around Redwood Bowl. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas on campus—Smoking Areas Map.

    • Are there access services for graduates with disabilities?

      Yes, we work hard to make the ceremony enjoyable and accessible for everyone. Contact the Student Disability Resource Center at 707-826-4678 for information on transportation, seating and other reasonable accommodations for graduates.

    • What do I wear to Commencement?

      All candidates participating in Commencement must wear a cap and gown. Candidates should wear dress clothes beneath the academic robe.

      The cap is worn with the long point of the shell to the rear. Undergraduates who have not yet earned a first degree wear the tassel forward and to the right. During the ceremony President Rossbacher will instruct undergraduates to move their tassels to the left to signify the conferring of the bachelor's degree. Master's degree candidates will be hooded during the ceremony.

      Caps and gowns are available to both undergraduate and graduate students at the HSU Bookstore for a special discounted price, as they can be rented. Undergraduate gold honor cords are available in the Bookstore during Finals Week. Please ask to see the Registrar’s Honor Cord list when you pick up your gold cord. Blue cords are available for Candidates who are receiving their Teaching Credentials. Master’s degree candidates may purchase a Master’s hood. The color of the Master’s hood differs depending upon the degree. The candidate will bring the hood to Commencement for the hooding ceremony. Master’s degree students graduating with distinction may purchase a gold honor stole.

    • What do I do with the gown after the ceremony?

      Please check in your rented gown at one of the Bookstore sites located in Redwood Bowl on the day of Commencement, or at the Bookstore within a week after graduation. You may keep the cap, tassel and stole.

    • Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility

      Green ribbons may be worn by graduates to symbolize their support of the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, a Commencement tradition that started at HSU in 1987. The pledge has been adopted by hundreds of universities worldwide, and reads:

      "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects for any organizations for which I work."

      The day of Commencement, there will be a booth and a table with information about the graduation pledge. Students may sign the pledge at that time. For more information, visit graduationpledge.org.

    • How do I join Forever Humboldt?

      As a new graduate, Forever Humboldt provides you with a FREE membership and exclusive benefits. Open Enrollment for graduates begins at the Spring Grad Fair, where you can sign up in person. To join online, visit forever.humboldt.edu or call (707) 826-3132.

    • How can I stay in touch with Humboldt State University?

      One of the best ways to stay connected with HSU is to join Forever Humboldt (see above). Another great way is to visit with your department's website. You'll find the latest news from your major and have access to professors' contact information so you can stay in contact with your favorite teachers. Many websites also feature a Class Notes section where alumni can share updates on major life events, like a new career, marriage or new baby. Class Notes also appear in "Humboldt" magazine. Visit magazine.humboldt.edu/alumni_updates to submit a class note today.

      As an alumna or alumnus of Humboldt State University you're also eligible for all of the benefits that come from membership in Forever Humboldt. As a member you'll get special invites to alumni events and hear about all the updates on campus via the monthly alumni newsletter and biannual campus magazine. Members also receive discounts at the HSU bookstore, Student Rec Center and have access to the HSU Career Center. Other perks include discounts to many local businesses, national car rental agencies and insurance providers. Membership is discounted for new graduates, so be sure to sign up within six weeks of graduation. For more information, visit the Forever Humboldt website.

    • How do I order announcements?

      Announcements and Thank You cards are available through the HSU Bookstore.

    • Where Can I Order a Class Ring?

      A class ring is a great keepsake of your academic achievements and experiences at Humboldt State University. Rings may be ordered through HSU Bookstore. Normal delivery time after ordering a ring is six weeks.

    • Do I need any tickets?

      There are no tickets for Commencement. You may invite as many people as you want.

    • What happens if there is bad weather?

      Commencement ceremonies will be held rain or shine in Redwood Bowl. Given the size of our graduating class and the number of guests, there is no indoor alternative.

      Monitor the forecast and be prepared—with umbrellas, ponchos, sunscreen or whatever weather protection may be necessary.

      A current weather forecast is available from the National Weather Service at (707) 443-7062 or wrh.noaa.gov/eka.

      The average mid-May temperatures for our area over the past 30 years are a high of 58 and a low of 48. Rain is rare—the average is less than one-twentieth of an inch for graduation day. Over the past 20 years, rain has only dampened two.

    • What college do I participate with if I'm an Interdisciplinary/Student Designed or Liberal Studies/NT major?

      Students who are in the Interdisciplinary Studies/Student Designed or Liberal Studies/Nonteaching programs are assigned to a college by their academic advisor. Students must indicate that designated college when picking up their cap and gown.

    • Do you have a story to tell?

      We're looking for story ideas about Humboldt State's Class of 2015. Are you part of a family of graduates, e.g., a mother/daughter combo or assorted siblings? Did you create a one-of-a-kind major? Are you getting your dream job after graduation? Perhaps you overcame difficult odds getting to college and plan to make your life's work helping others who need a hand?

      Email Marketing & Communications at marcom@humboldt.edu with your story and let us know the best times and ways to reach you. We can't guarantee you 15 minutes of fame or that we'll be able to use every suggestion, but we'll do our best to follow up with as many as possible.

      Stories may be used in Humboldt Magazine, the Humboldt State NOW campus news website or passed along to the news media.

    • Where can I get more information?

      This website will be updated frequently, especially as we get closer to the day of the event. We have made every attempt to be thorough, but if there is something we have missed or you need clarification, e-mail rachel.fusi@humboldt.edu.

    • When is Commencement 2015?

      Saturday, May 16, 2015, Redwood Bowl

      • 8:30 a.m. - College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
      • Noon - College of Natural Resources and Sciences
      • 3:30 p.m. - College of Professional Studies
    • What if it rains?

      The ceremony will be held outdoors in Redwood Bowl rain or shine.

    • Who will speak at Commencement?

      TBA.

    • How long is the ceremony?

      The ceremony generally runs about two hours.

    • How early should my guests and I plan to arrive?

      Students line up 30 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony, and the processional begins on time. Guest seating in Redwood Bowl is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so your guests should plan to arrive early.

      For the convenience of guests arriving early, food and beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks) will be on sale at the concession stand in the stadium.

    • One of my family members is elderly, has a disability and/or mobility limitations. What access services are available?

      Disabled parking is available, for those with proper plates or placards, in lot FS9 at the corner of Harpst and Rossow streets.

      Distance and terrain from designated parking lots to the commencement site in Redwood Bowl may be significant for some individuals. There are steep inclines and numerous stairs. Shuttle buses will be readily available to transport anyone wanting a ride to Redwood Bowl. Please look for the shuttle pick-up area under the tent in the parking lot at Harpst and Rossow.

      Once at Redwood Bowl, guests who have difficulty walking can request a wheelchair escort. This service is provided free of charge.

      American Sign Language Interpreters will provide signing for each ceremony.

      Appropriate auxiliary aides are available when possible. Requests must be made in advance to the Student Disability Resource Center at (707) 826-4678 as early as possible, preferably no later than April 25.

    • What about parking?

      Parking is available in most campus lots, and parking permits are not required on the day of the ceremony. Disabled parking is located in lot FS9 at Harpst and Rossow streets as well as lots G14 and G15 at Union and 14th street. Note that only shuttles and other authorized vehicles are allowed on Union Street north of 17th Street.

      To reach the passenger drop off area, turn left from Union Street on to 17th. For all other drop-offs, go to the designated lots where shuttles are available.

      Shuttles pick up passengers at designated locations every 10 minutes. Those leaving from the disabled parking lot are designed to accommodate wheelchairs. If you expect any trouble walking our hills, please take advantage of this service.

      If you have special parking needs, contact Parking & Commuter Services at (707) 826-3773 or parking@humboldt.edu.

    • Where are the receptions?

      View a complete list of special receptions »

       

    • What about photographs?

      Guests are welcome to take photographs from their seats, but should not stand in the aisles nor block the view of other guests. Only official photographers will be permitted in the platform area.

      At least two different pictures of each graduate will be taken by a commercial photographer from GradImages—an individual portrait and a photo shaking hands with President Lisa A. Rossbacher. The proofs of these pictures will be sent to the graduate. There is no obligation to order these pictures. You can contact GradImages by calling 800.261.2576.

    • What about flowers?

      A flower booth will be located at the south end of Redwood Bowl, and will be selling leis, rose bouquets, spring bouquets and stuffed animals.

    • What else should I know about the ceremony?

      Greening up graduation: In an effort to reduce waste at the Commencement ceremonies Take Back the Tap will continue to reduce the number of single-use bottles, while also working to minimize the number of disposable coffee cups. Look for water stations in Redwood Bowl to refill your reusable water bottles. Vendors will be selling discounted water canteens and souvenir coffee cups, complete with unlimited refills.

      Recycle Graduation Gowns: Please check in your rented gown at one of the Bookstore sites located in Redwood Bowl on the day of Commencement, or at the Bookstore within a week of graduation. You may keep the cap and tassel.

      Pledge Alliance: Green ribbons may be worn by graduates to symbolize their support of the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, a Commencement tradition that started at HSU in 1987. The pledge has been adopted by hundreds of universities worldwide, and reads:

      "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects for any organizations for which I work."

      The day of Commencement, there will be a booth and a table with information about the graduation pledge. Students may sign the pledge at that time. For more information, visit graduationpledge.org.

      First aid: Our Center for First Aid, Lost and Found and Emergencies is located at the south end of the stadium.

      Baby strollers: Guest seating in the stadium is in the bleachers with steep steps, and the use of baby strollers is not recommended.

      No dogs—or animals of any kind—are allowed in Redwood Bowl or Redwood Plaza on Commencement day. The only exception is registered service dogs. Security will be on hand to ensure compliance throughout the day.

      Please note: Alcoholic beverages, balloons, coolers/ice chests, banners, signs, beach balls, noisemakers, silly string and fireworks are not allowed in Redwood Bowl. Smoking is not permitted in or around Redwood Bowl. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas on campus.

    • How do I get a Commencement program?

      The Commencement program, with the names of graduates and program details, will be distributed to graduates and handed out to guests as they enter Redwood Bowl. Contact marcom@humboldt.edu to obtain one after the ceremonies. There will be limited programs available.

      Your name will be listed in the program if you have completed degree requirements by August 2014 or January 2015, or have filed a timely graduation application for May 2015.

      Please note: The presence of your name in the program does not, in itself, testify to completion of your degree.

    • Where can I get more information?

      This website will be updated frequently, especially as we get closer to the day of the event. If you cannot find the information you need or you need clarification, please e-mail rachel.fusi@humboldt.edu.

    • Where can I stay in Humboldt County?

      Guest reservations for area lodging and dining during Commencement Weekend should be made as soon as possible. If you change your plans, please call and cancel your reservations so that others may take advantage of local hospitality.

    • Do I need any tickets?

      There are no tickets for Commencement. You may invite as many people as you want.

    • Can I bring my pet?

      No dogs—or animals of any kind—are allowed in Redwood Bowl or Redwood Plaza on Commencement day. The only exception is registered service dogs. Security will be on hand to ensure compliance throughout the day.

    • A member of my party is elderly, has a disability and/or mobility limitations. What access services are available?

      Disabled parking is available, for those with proper plates or placards, in lot FS9 at the corner of Harpst and Rossow streets.

      Distance and terrain from designated parking lots to the commencement site in Redwood Bowl may be significant for some individuals. There are steep inclines and numerous stairs. Shuttle buses will be readily available to transport anyone wanting a ride to Redwood Bowl. Please look for the shuttle pick-up area under the tent in the parking lot at Harpst and Rossow.

      Once at Redwood Bowl, guests who have difficulty walking can request a wheelchair escort. This service is provided free of charge.

      American Sign Language Interpreters will provide signing for each ceremony on the East side of the football field.  If you need the use of Interpreters please be sure to sit on the East side of the field (uncovered seating area).

      Appropriate auxiliary aides are available when possible. Requests must be made in advance to the Student Disability Resource Center at (707) 826-4678 as early as possible, preferably no later than April 27, 2015.

    • What about parking?

      Parking is available in most campus lots, and parking permits are not required on the day of the ceremony. Disabled parking is located in lot FS9 at Harpst and Rossow streets as well as lots G14 and G15 at Union and 14th street. Note that only shuttles and other authorized vehicles are allowed on Union Street north of 17th Street.

      To reach the passenger drop off area, turn left from Union Street on to 17th. For all other drop-offs, go to the designated lots where shuttles are available.

      Shuttles pick up passengers at designated locations every 10 minutes. Those leaving from the disabled parking lot are designed to accommodate wheelchairs. If you expect any trouble walking our hills, please take advantage of this service.

      If you have special parking needs, contact Parking & Commuter Services at (707) 826-3773 or parking@humboldt.edu.

    • What services are available in the stadium during the ceremony?

      A flower booth will be located at the south end of Redwood Bowl, and will be selling leis, rose bouquets, spring bouquets and stuffed animals.

      The Humboldt Alumni Association will also have a booth, selling gifts for graduates and memberships in the Association.

      For the convenience of guests arriving early, food and beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks) will be on sale at the concession stand in the stadium. Water stations will also be available.

      Photography: At least two different pictures of each graduate will be taken by a commercial photographer from GradImages®—an individual portrait and a photo shaking hands with President Lisa A. Rossbacher. The proofs of these pictures will be sent to the graduate. There is no obligation to order these pictures.

      First aid: Our Center for First Aid, Lost and Found and Emergencies is located at the south end of the stadium.

    • What services are available on campus that day?

      The HSU bookstore is open graduation day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

      The HSU Bookstore is located on the University Center's third floor next to the clock tower. It carries a large selection of HSU clothing and gifts, greeting cards, and more.

    • Where can I see the ceremony if I'm not able to come to campus that day?

      We do not videotape the ceremony. Photos from the event are usually posted on the University website within a day or two.

    • Where can I learn more about Humboldt State?

      The best place to learn about Humboldt State is at HSU's homepage, humboldt.edu. Click on Explore and learn about how students live, learn and play on HSU's beautiful campus.

      Catch the latest news and announcements from HSU by visiting Humboldt State NOW.

      Humboldt State is also online at Flickr, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.

      You can also visit HSU's Fast Facts page for an overview of campus, including the number of enrolled students, information on faculty, and more.

      Finally, for those interested in the history of Humboldt State University, a brief timeline is provided at the President's Office website.

      Further reading can be found in alumna Katy Tahja's ('70 Journalism & Mass Communications) book, "Humboldt State University," which contains more than 200 archival photos from the school's 100-year history.

      Professor William R. Tanner's "View from the Hill," offers another take on the school's history from its origins through the early '90s. Both books, along with a host of other archival materials, can be found in the Humboldt State Library's Humboldt Room.

    • Where can I get more information?

      This website will be updated frequently, especially as we get closer to the day of the event. If you cannot find the information you need or you need clarification, please e-mail rachel.fusi@humboldt.edu.