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Humboldt State University
Letter from Humboldt

February 2015

Commencement 2012 - Way to go grads!

In this issue

Your Guide to Commencement Grad Advice Looking for Volunteers Overheard on the Network Latest News from Campus Diploma Display Forever Humboldt Featured Photo Upcoming Events

Your Guide to Commencement

Commencement is a special time for you and your graduate. After years of hard work, your student will accept their diploma before friends and family in Redwood Bowl on Saturday, May 16. Here are some tips for making the most of this memorable day.

Help Your Graduate Stay on Track

Encourage your student to attend Grad Fair—held April 8 and 9 in the HSU Bookstore—to learn more about commencement. They can also order their graduation cap and gown, diploma frame, and class ring early to ease the stress before graduation day.

For more information on Grad Fair »

Make sure your student registers for graduation by April 25 to ensure their name is included in the program. Registering is easy at


Book your accommodations now, since rooms fill quickly. The same goes for dinner reservations—book them at least a month in advance. For lodging, restaurants and activities, visit

The Day Of

Thousands of people attend graduation every year, so be sure to arrive early on May 16 to ensure a parking spot. Find your student’s ceremony and reception time based on their college (Professional Studies, Arts & Humanities or Natural Resources & Sciences), by visiting the commencement website. Since graduation is held in Redwood Bowl rain or shine, make sure to dress appropriately. And don’t forget: we’ll have professional photographers on-hand taking pictures of graduates as they receive their diploma. Feel free to take photos, but be mindful of other guests.

For more tips on information on Commencement, visit If you can’t find the information you need online, email Commencement Coordinator Rachel Fusi

Grad Advice

Graduation is a huge milestone and it’s just around the corner. As the Class of 2015 prepares to walk and move on to the next stage in life, we want to leave our alumni-to-be with some parting thoughts.

Share your words of wisdom and well wishes! #HSUGrad

Looking for Volunteers

Interested in helping us build our parent volunteer network? We’re looking for parents who are willing to host parent receptions, volunteer at events, and help with student send-offs and committees. If you’re interested, contact the Forever Humboldt office at (707) 826-3132 or

Overheard on the Network

“Hello other Seattle-Humboldt families. My daughter starts at Humboldt next August. Occasionally I will be driving to events like Homecoming, and will be interested in carpooling to share the gas expense.”

» Join the conversation
» Parents & Family network
» Parents & Family website

Latest News from Campus

Students Help Grow Scholarship Honoring ‘Forestry Mom’ Gayleen Smith

School of Business Makes Big Changes, Gets Stamp of Approval

Humboldt Effort to Help Students Go to College Wins $3 Million

In First Trip Outside Pakistan, Student Learns about HSU and Education

Diploma Display

Is your student graduating in May? Display their achievement with a customized diploma frame. Diploma Display offers handcrafted 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 percent money-back guarantee. Visit Diploma Display for more information.

Forever Humboldt

We know that alumni are hardly alone as passionate supporters of the university, so we’ve created Forever Humboldt, a new incarnation of the Alumni Association. It’s free for all Humboldt alumni, students, parents and families, faculty, and staff. Join today to stay connected, show your pride, and support HSU.

Register at to receive email updates, get a membership card, and more

Featured Video

Women’s crew practice on Humboldt Bay
Women’s crew practice on Humboldt Bay.

» For more visit YouTube

Upcoming Events

April 8-9
Grad Fair

April 8
Outstanding Student Award Ceremony

April 9-19
Spring Dance Concert

April 14
Neil deGrasse Tyson

April 17
IdeaFest 2015

April 22
Earth Day Concert

May 16

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