Fall 2023 Commencement Ceremony Times & Other Important Information

November 17, 2023

Fall 2023 Commencement
Friday, December 15 | Lumberjack Arena

Graduation is a huge milestone for our students and the Fall 2023 Commencement celebrations are just around the corner! Help us celebrate our graduates by participating in Commencement.

Ceremony Schedule

Graduates will participate in the ceremony associated with their major and college affiliation below:

1:00 p.m. | College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

1:00 p.m. | College of Professional Studies

3:30 p.m. | College of Natural Resources & Sciences 

Student Registration

Student registration to participate closed on November 8. Eligible students still wishing to participate, can email grad@humboldt.edu.

A black cap and a black gown are required to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Caps, rental gowns, tassels, hoods, and more were available to order online through Herff Jones up through October 27. If a student missed the online deadline or needs additional items, regalia packages and individual items are available at The Campus Store on the Arcata Plaza. If students have any questions regarding regalia orders, have them contact The Campus Store at (707) 826-3741.

If students have any questions about Commencement, please direct them to email grad@humboldt.edu

The best source for up-to-date information about Commencement, including important information for grads and guests, can be found on the Commencement website at commencement.humboldt.edu.

Faculty and Staff Participation

There are a myriad of details that go into running a successful Commencement. Employees are needed to assist on the day, whether it be participating in the procession or supporting Commencement "behind the scenes".

Processional Participation

Faculty and staff participating in the processional and who will be seated in the faculty/staff section during the Commencement ceremony are asked to register their participation by November 17. If you missed the deadline and would still like to participate, please email grad@humboldt.edu.

Those needing to order regalia to participate in the procession should have ordered through Herff Jones Faculty Direct by November 1. If regalia items are still needed or if there are any questions regarding faculty or staff regalia orders, please contact The Campus Store at (707) 826-3741. Items ordered online by the deadline will be available to pick up at The Campus Store on the Arcata Plaza around December 1

Commencement Support

Staff who would like to provide support during the Commencement ceremony should make arrangements with their supervisor and submit their interest and availability by November 17. Positions such as greeting, ushering, handing out programs, providing ADA shuttle and wheelchair support, providing parking and traffic support, supporting the graduate and faculty/staff line-up area, etc. are needed. If you missed the deadline and would still like to participate, please email grad@humboldt.edu. Information regarding shifts and assignments will be shared closer to the event. 

If you have questions whether you have registered for Commencement in either capacity, please contact the Commencement Office at grad@humboldt.edu. More information on faculty and staff participation can be found at commencement.humboldt.edu/faculty-staff.


We can’t wait to help celebrate this Fall's graduating class—thank you for all you do for our students!


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