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Celebrating the Classes of 2020 and 2021

Humboldt State University is excited to announce that it will host a series of limited in-person Commencement ceremonies in Redwood Bowl on Friday and Saturday, May 14 and 15. The events will be livestreamed, and links to the livestream will be available on the Commencement website and HSU homepage.

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There will be a combined ceremony for all Colleges on Friday, May 14 and three college ceremonies on Saturday, May 15. They will be held RAIN or SHINE.

Friday, May 14
4:00 p.m.—All Colleges Ceremony
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; College of Natural Resources & Sciences; and College of Professional Studies will be in one combined ceremony.

Saturday, May 15
9:00 a.m.—College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
12:30 p.m.—College of Natural Resources & Sciences
4:00 p.m.—College of Professional Studies

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Guest Registration

HSU has been approved to allow up to two guests per student. Please note that only students who registered for Commencement by the April 21 deadline are allowed to register their guests.

Guest registration is now open and instructions have been sent to registered students. The deadline to register guests is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 10. Advanced registration is required to enter Redwood Bowl, there will be no exceptions. Anyone traveling from outside California is expected to quarantine for at least 10 days OR provide proof of being fully vaccinated.

Graduates, to register your guests, sign in with your HSU username and password.

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There are known accessibility issues with this site. If you are having difficulty navigating the site, email or call (707) 826-4194 and we can help you register. You can expect a response within 1 business day.

Watch Commencement

Ceremonies will be livestreamed so that families, friends, and the campus community can watch and celebrate the graduates’ big moments. There will be a link on the days of the events. A video recording will be available online after the ceremony, and can be downloaded for free from the in the weeks following.

Health Requirements

Face covering and physical distancing will be required at all times. Students, staff, faculty, and guests must perform a wellness self-check just prior to coming to campus. If you are feeling ill, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have potentially been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, you should not attend the Commencement event.

Anyone traveling from outside California is expected to quarantine for at least 10 days OR provide proof of being fully vaccinated.

If Humboldt County moves into the Red Tier, guests from out of California will not be permitted, regardless of being fully vaccinated.


GradImages photographers will be on hand to capture official graduation portraits. After the ceremony, you’ll be sent a link to preview your images, and there is no obligation to purchase photos.


A black cap and gown are required to walk in the Commencement ceremony. The deadline has passed to order caps, rental gowns, tassels, and hoods online. Contact the Bookstore to see if regalia can be purchased in-store at (707) 826-3741.

Related Events

No other events related to commencement will be held face-to-face, including any cultural graduation celebrations and department receptions. All of these events related to commencement, if scheduled, will be virtual only. More information will be shared in coming weeks.

Commencement Flowers

Order leis and other Commencement flowers for local delivery or pick up from Haggerty Designs.

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Class of 2021 Legacy Gift

Support the Class of 2021's efforts to raise $2,021 for the Student Adversity Fund.

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2020 Virtual Ceremonies & Graduate Submissions