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Spring Commencement | Saturday, May 13, 2023

Photo of the Class of 2020

Fall Commencement is just around the corner!

Friday, December 16 | Lumberjack Arena (Kinesiology & Athletics 247)

Plans are underway for the Fall 2022 in-person Commencement events for our graduates.

More information will be sent to registered students in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more details. We can’t wait to celebrate all your accomplishments!


Ceremony Schedule

Ceremony One: 1:00 p.m.

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

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Bachelor's Degrees

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Communication
  • Criminology & Justice Studies
  • Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Dance Studies (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film
  • Fine Art
  • French & Francophone Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Native American Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre, Film & Dance

Master's Degrees

  • Applied Anthropology
  • English
  • Social Science, Environment & Community
  • Sociology

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

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Bachelor's Degrees

  • Business Administration
  • Child Development (Liberal Studies)
  • Child Development & Family Relationships
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education (Liberal Studies)
  • Kinesiology
  • Leadership Studies (Liberal Studies)
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Recreation Administration
  • Social Work

Master's Degrees

  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Psychology
  • Social Work


  • Administrative Services Credential (Educational Leadership)
  • Education Specialist Credential (Special Education)
  • Multiple Subject Credential (Elementary Education)
  • Single Subject Credential (Secondary Education)

Ceremony Two: 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. - College of Natural Resources & Sciences

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Bachelor's Degrees

  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Science & Management
  • Fisheries Biology
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Oceanography
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Rangeland Resource Science
  • Wildlife
  • Zoology

Master's Degrees

  • Biology
  • Environmental Systems
  • Natural Resources

Student Registration

Student registration is now closed. If you would like to participate in a ceremony and did not register by Wednesday, Nov. 9, please email

Email with questions.


Guest tickets for the Commencement ceremony are not required for entry. For planning purposes, students were asked at the time of registration to RSVP the amount of guests attending  as part of the ceremony registration. Seating will be first come, first served.

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 day of the event and registration is not required. A video recording will be available on a few days after the ceremony. 

Health Requirements

In order to be compliant with the California State University COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate, anyone accessing campus events or facilities who is over the age of 12 must be either fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (including a booster shot) or have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of coming to the Cal Poly Humboldt campus.

All plans are subject to change based on the status of the pandemic, and additional regulations may be required based on Humboldt County Public Health and University health and safety guidelines. 

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 events. 

Regalia & Memorabilia

A black cap and gown are required to walk in the Commencement ceremony. If you missed the October 21 deadline to order regalia from the Cal Poly Humboldt Herff Jones website, don’t worry! Caps, rental gowns, tassels, hoods, and more will be available at The Campus Store on the Arcata Plaza after the fall break. If you have any questions regarding regalia orders, please contact The Campus Store at (707) 826-3741.

If you're eligible for and would like to purchase an honors cord, please contact The Campus Store directly to place your order by phone at (707) 826-3741 or stop by the Arcata Plaza location in person.

Receptions & Celebrations

Academic Affairs will be hosting an All-College reception to celebrate the graduates from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Recreation and Wellness Center 202 (West Gym). All graduates, guests, staff and faculty are welcome to attend before or after their ceremonies.

Q Graduation Ceremony and a Cultural Graduation Celebration will be held prior to Commencement. The Q Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. in Founders Hall 166 (Green and Gold Room). The All Cultural Graduation Celebration will be held on Friday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. in Behavioral & Social Science 162 (Native American Forum). Please register your attendance by December 2. 


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.

Commencement Flowers

Leis and other Commencement flowers from Haggerty Designs will be available for purchase. They offer local delivery or pick up options. To pre-order flowers or leis, please visit Deadline for pre-orders is Dec. 1. Supplies will be available for purchase day of Commencement until supplies last.

Congratulations to the Spring 2022 Graduates!

Commencement Spring 2022 Videos

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