Humboldt State University

Commencement 2017 Saturday, May 13 | 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 north of the Student Business Services building and near the corner of Harpst and Rossow streets, and in lot G15 near 14th and Union streets. Shuttle buses for those with limited mobility will run continuously from those lots—look for the shuttle pick-up areas under the tents.

      Distance and terrain from designated parking lots to the commencement site in Redwood Bowl may be significant for some individuals. There are some steep inclines and numerous stairs in certain areas, see the map for suggested pedestrian routes and the one-way road for Passenger Drop-off location.

      Once at Redwood Bowl, guests who have difficulty walking can request a wheelchair escort. This service is provided free of charge. There are wheelchair/accessible seating areas on both the west and east sides of Redwood Bowl on the field. There is room for one guest to accompany the person in the wheelchair or who has a mobility limitation in this seating area.

      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. All meters are free to use except those on Rossow, Harpst and B streets. Disabled parking is located in lot FS9 at Harpst and Rossow streets as well as in lot G15 at Union and 14th street. Shuttle buses for those with mobility limitations will run continuously from those lots—look for the shuttle pick-up areas under the tents. 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 onto 17th. For all other drop-offs, go to the designated lots where shuttles are available.

      Shuttles pick up passengers at designated locations approximately every 10 minutes. Those leaving from the disabled parking lots are designed to accommodate wheelchairs. Distance and terrain from designated parking lots to the commencement site in Redwood Bowl may be significant for some individuals. There are some steep inclines and numerous stairs in certain areas, see the map for suggested pedestrian routes.

    • How soon after the ceremony can we make dinner reservations?

      Allow enough time after the end of the Commencement ceremony to get to restaurants and other activities off campus. Ceremonies last between 2 and 2.5 hours, so it's strongly recommended that you make restaurant reservations a minimum of 3.5 hours after the start of the ceremony.

    • 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.

      Forever Humboldt will also have a booth selling gifts for graduates.

      For the convenience of guests arriving early, food and beverages will be on sale at the concession stand in the stadium. Water stations will also be available and guests are encouraged to bring their reusable coffee cups and water bottles.

      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 will be live-streaming the Commencement ceremonies and there will be a link on the HSU homepage starting Thursday, May 11. In addition, limited seating is available to view the live stream in Room 166 of the Behavioral & Social Sciences Building and Van Duzer Theatre. Photos from the event are usually posted on the University homepage 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