Humboldt State University

Commencement 2015 Saturday, May 16 | Redwood Bowl

FAQs for Guests

  • 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.

    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

  • 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 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 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, 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