Fall 2023 Commencement Important Information

October 25, 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.

Graduates will participate in the ceremony associated with their major and college affiliation. The ceremony time has yet to be determined and will be based on student registration and participation in each college. Once student registration closes on November 8, the Commencement Office will be able to better determine the start time and make the announcement on the Commencement website at commencement.humboldt.edu. Please plan for an afternoon ceremony. 

Student Registration

Student registration to participate in the Fall 2023 Commencement ceremony is open! Eligible students can register to participate by November 8.

A black cap and a black gown are required to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Caps, rental gowns, tassels, hoods, and more are available to order online through the Herff Jones website. The final deadline to order student regalia online is October 27.

If a student missed the online deadline, regalia will be available at The Campus Store on the Arcata Plaza after November 30.

If students have any questions, 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

Those needing to order regalia to participate in the procession can do so with Herff Jones Faculty Direct. The deadline to order faculty or staff regalia to be received in time for the event is November 1. Items ordered will be available to pick up at The Campus Store on the Arcata Plaza around December 1. If you have any questions regarding faculty or staff regalia orders, contact The Campus Store at (707) 826-3741.

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. 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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