HSU Caps off Year with Three Commencement Ceremonies - Humboldt State Now

HSU Caps off Year with Three Commencement Ceremonies

Humboldt State University’s Class of 2016 takes the stage in Redwood Bowl for three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14.

2016 Commencement takes place on May 14.

2016 Commencement takes place on May 14.

8:30 a.m. – College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Noon – College of Natural Resources & Sciences
3:30 p.m. – College of Professional Studies

More than 2,500 students have earned credentials, undergraduate and graduate degrees in the 2015-16 academic year, and more than 1,700 are registered to participate in the ceremonies. The annual event brings more than 13,000 visitors to Humboldt County.

The event will be streamed live online, which viewers will be able to access from a link on the University homepage at www.humboldt.edu. In addition, alternate live-stream viewing will be available to visitors in the Van Duzer Theatre and in room 166 in the Behavioral & Social Sciences Building. Due to limited seating, spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Redwood Bowl hosted its first commencement ceremonies in 1966 when growing enrollment prompted a move from the courtyard of Founders Hall. Humboldt State’s first graduation event took place at Arcata’s Minor Theatre in May 1915, with 15 women receiving teaching certificates.

Cristina Bauss, a senior in Geography, will be recognized during the event as one of Humboldt State’s Outstanding Students of the Year. In 2015, Bauss earned a coveted National Geographic internship and more recently, she won first place for her poster presentation at the annual meeting of the California Geographic Society.

Bauss shares the award with social work graduate student Dylan McClure, who is expected to complete his master’s degree next year.

More Commencement Information

Cap and Gown: Rented gowns can be returned to the Bookstore by Monday, May 16 at 5 p.m. (you can keep the cap, tassel, and stole). There will also be a drop-off bin in Redwood Bowl during commencement. Purchased caps and gowns can be donated to the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) for re-use. Collection bins are located near the tunnel entrance to Redwood Bowl.

Forever Humboldt: New graduates are encouraged to register for FREE with Forever Humboldt, the official association for the HSU community. Stop by the Humboldt Alumni tent, located near the scoreboard in Redwood Bowl. Registered members receive special discounts at local businesses, access to HSU career resources, special invites to Forever Humboldt events, and more. Get more information about Forever Humboldt at http://forever.humboldt.edu/

Get Social #HumboldtState: Graduates, their friends, and families are again encouraged to share their photos on social media by tagging them with #HumboldtState. HSU’s website and social media accounts will feature photos from students and audience members.You can also view and download graduation photos from HSU’s Flickr photostream.

Graduation Pledge: Students are encouraged to take the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, a Commencement tradition that began at HSU in 1987 and has been adopted by hundreds of universities worldwide. Stop by the table in the West Gym to take the pledge and pick up your pledge ribbon.

Greening Up Graduation: Students are once again helping HSU reduce waste at Commencement. They will reduce the number of single-use bottles and have water stations throughout Redwood Bowl. Discounted water canteens will be available for purchase, and coffee will be half-price for those who bring their own cups. Thanks to student groups HSU Takes Back the Tap and the Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program.

Receptions: Academic departments will host receptions of their own at various locations, which will be listed in the back of the free Commencement program. The program will include a
campus map. More information about receptions is available at http://www2.humboldt.edu/commencement/receptions

For maps, parking, and more details on Commencement, go to http://www2.humboldt.edu/commencement/.