Spring 2024 Commencement Graduate and Guest Information

Graduates, this week we will celebrate the culmination of your hard work at Cal Poly Humboldt during the various Commencement ceremonies and Cultural Graduation Celebrations. Your resilience and dedication to completing your degree is extraordinary, and the entire Lumberjack community is incredibly proud of you.

As in previous years, graduates and guests are expected to follow standard Commencement safety protocols. Due to smaller venue spaces, additional restrictions will be in place to ensure it is a momentous experience for all graduates and families.

We know that some graduates may feel compelled to exercise their right to free speech. Out of respect for fellow graduates and the many families and friends who will be attending, it will be important for us to work together to ensure the ceremonies are enjoyed by all.

Access and check-in

  • Graduates, guests, and faculty and staff must be registered to attend the ceremony. No walk-ins can be accommodated due to venue capacity restrictions.
  • Arrive with your black cap and gown 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony for your major. 
  • At the check-in area outside the venue, pick up your wristbands for the anticipated number of guests you entered when you registered. Distribute the wristbands to your guests.
  • Graduates, guests, and faculty will need a wristband to enter the venue and will need to wear them for the entire ceremony. 
  • A no-touch visual search for any prohibited items will take place upon entry. 

Parameters for a safe and positive experience

  • Signs to celebrate graduates are welcome, but the following guidelines are applicable:
    • Signs may not be attached to a pole or structure, or have offensive language, as determined by event personnel. 
    • Signs may not be larger than 11" x 17" to prevent obstructing the view of other guests, or in any way create a safety hazard for others as decided by event personnel.
  • Prohibited items:
    • Larger bags and backpacks. However, clear bags, small clutches, and medical and parental bags are permitted. 
    • All of our venues are not able to accommodate space for skateboards, scooters, bicycles, and bicycle u-locks 
    • Weapons or anything that can be used as a weapon
    • Noise makers and confetti cannons 
    • Outside food and beverages
    • Animals, except for working service animals
    • Tobacco products (including e-cigarettes), alcohol, and illegal drugs
    • Drones and unmanned aircraft systems
    • Structures such as canopies and pop-up tents

We look forward to celebrating your important achievements during the Commencement festivities later this week, and we appreciate your support in making sure all graduates and families are able to enjoy these special occasions.