Humboldt State University
Letter from Humboldt
April 2011

Hello Humboldt families! We hope this newsletter helps keep you involved with your student's experience at Humboldt State.

Counting Down to Commencement

Desiree Perez

The end of the academic year can be a hectic time for anyone—add in the festivities of Commencement, and things can get down right stressful. But it is a wonderful way to celebrate the end of your student's educational journey and look forward to a new phase of his or her life—and yours too!

I spoke to Mary Kay Hartmann, Commencement Coordinator here at HSU, to get a few tips and highlights about this year's ceremony to help you streamline and de-stress your experience. We want you to focus on your grad and leave the worrying to us.

Beat the Traffic

It's really frustrating to be running late for an important event like graduation. Arriving early can help ease the stress of this busy day.

Your student should plan to arrive a half-hour early, which means by the following times:

8 a.m. College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
11:30 a.m. College of Natural Resources and Sciences
3 p.m. College of Professional Studies

If you arrive at about the same time, you'll have plenty of time to find a seat, grab a program and a glass of water, and get your camera ready!

If you're worried about finding parking near Redwood Bowl, we've got you covered too. You can park in the lots at the corner of Union and 14th streets (lots G14 and G15) or the lot opposite the Student Business Services building (lot FS9) and catch a shuttle to the ceremony instead. Shuttles will be running continuously from these lots.

Check out this campus map for more Commencement info [PDF] »

Make it Green

Last year, students, including the group HSU Takes Back the Tap, coordinated HSU's first ever bottle-free event of its kind. This year they'll continue to reduce the number of single-use bottles, while also working to minimize the number of disposable coffee cups.

Look for water stations in Redwood Bowl to refill your reusable water bottles. If you don't already have a reusable container, you can purchase one from our students during the ceremony. They'll make sure to keep you happy and hydrated with free refills on water and coffee.

Another "green" tradition that we're keeping up is our use of Greenweaver bachelor gowns. Each soft, breathable gown is made from approximately 23 recycled plastic bottles!

In addition, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology is helping to offset waste by encouraging students to recycle their caps and gowns after the ceremony. Mementos are important, but recycling caps and gowns lowers the cost for students who rent them the next year and reduces campus waste, so make sure to discuss this with your student ahead of time.

The HSU Bookstore: More Than Just Books

Still need graduation gear? Never fear! Even if your grad missed out on Grad Fair, they can still find their commencement ceremony needs at the HSU Bookstore. They have caps, gowns, tassels, commencement invitations and even custom thank you cards.

It's also a great place to snag yourself a memento from your student's alma mater! You can treat yourself to a Humboldt hoodie or coffee mug while you're in town for graduation.

To see what we've got in stock for graduation checkout the Bookstore's website »

Some Final Details

  • Don't forget to confirm your travel plans and any reservations you've made.
  • Be sure to have cash on hand if you think you might want to purchase souvenirs or Hawaiian leis (always a favorite) at the ceremony.
  • And a big "Congratulations" to all Parents & Families of graduating students!

Still have questions? Check out our Commencement site to find the information you're looking for »

Humboldt State is Turning 100

In 2013, we'll celebrate HSU's centennial. We're excited to mark this momentous occasion and need help planning all the fun. If you have ideas for events, activities, art exhibits or anything else, please let us know by visiting

Meet Humboldt: Kylee Singh,
Environmental Science '11


"What's been my best experience at HSU? All of it, but most of all working with campus clubs like Take Back the Tap, who helped me make lifelong friends. I have become so much more connected and confident on campus thanks to Take Back the Tap. The people I have worked with have also been truly inspirational in my life." Read More »

Overheard this month on the family network

"To those parents concerned about connecting in SFO: don't be worried. Your kids will be just fine. United's flights are quite frequent into Arcata, so it's unlikely they'll have to overnight there. If by chance they do, they'll spend the night at a hotel near the airport and head back to try again the next morning. Tales to tell.

The big disappointment to me is United's tickets are going to get that much more expensive. Off to Amtrak we go!" Read more »

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Stay connected

Important Dates

  • Apr. 16
    Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam
  • April 19 & 21
    Power Lunch with Humboldt Alumni: Get a leg up on your career with CareerBeam and InterviewStream, online tools that give you an edge in the job market. RSVP today »
  • May 9-13
    Final Exams
  • May 14

Parents & Family Fund

HSU thanks the proud families who supported students last year through the Parents & Family Fund. One such parent who supports the campus is Glenda Hay. "My son is being directly shaped by his experience at HSU. I feel I should do what I can to help HSU in this important task," she said.

» Learn more

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Diploma Display

Is your student graduating soon? Display his or her achievement with a customized diploma frame. Diploma Display offers hand-crafted frames made from hardwood molding in a beautiful cherry color. Your student's diploma frame is exclusively designed for HSU and comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. Check out the Diploma Display website for more information.

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