2016 Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations Hartnell Graduates!
Visit this page for news and updates regarding Hartnell's 2016 Commencement/Graduation Ceremony. Please take note the following important information:
Commencement Ceremony: Friday, May 27, 2016.
Venue: Rabobank Stadium, Salinas Sports Complex; Address: 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906. North Main Entrance Parking Lot. No parking Permits Required.
Time:   Commencement will start proptly at 6:00 pm; ALL Graduates must be in line by 5:30pm (Doors will open at 4:30pm for Graduates only), and 5:00 pm for Guests.
Commencement Informational Meeting: May 18, 2016, 11:00 am or 5:00 pm Steinbeck Hall, Student Center.
WARNING:  Due to venue policy: absolutly no stiletto heels will be allowed. Please wear appropiate shoes.

Graduates Instructions

Doors will open for Graduates at 4:30pm. Please direct yourself to the Graduates Check-In area. Our volunteers will guide you to the line-up area. Line up is first-come, first-served. For special accomodations, contact the Office of Student Life (831-755-6734. ALL graduates must be lined up by 5:30pm. 
Note: Graduates are required to stay for the entire Graduation Ceremony. Please remain seated in consideration of your fellow graduates. Restrooms are located in the North End of the Stadium.

Visit our Admissions and Records Office to follow up on your Petition to Graduate Status.

Cap and Gowns are required for participation on Commencement Ceremony. Contact our Hartnell Bookstore for more information on purchasing your cap, gown, and tassle. Caps' decorations must be flat and tasteful.


Doors will open at 5:00pm for all Guests. No Balloons, conffetti or silly string are allowed in the stands or turf.  This is an evening event. Please wear warm clothing.


Sign Language and Spanish Interpretation will be provided.



Tickets will be required from all guests ages 3 and up. The Admissions and Records Office will send a letter confirming that you will receive 10 tickets and additional Graduation information.  You must return your Graduation Card Confirmation by May 12, 2016 to receive you tickets.

UPDATE: All graduation tickets have been issued. No additional tickets are available.



Parking will be limited. We encourage Graduates and Guests to carpool and arrive early.


GradImages will provide professional Photography services. Stay tuned for more informaton on when and where you can order your photographs.



Parking: Faculty and dignataries parking will take place on the Maryal Dr. entrance. Parking spaces are limited; hence, we encourage you to carpool. Visit the Office of Student Life for your VIP parking pass.
Line up:  Faculty line up area will be located by the Main Concession Stand. Your 2016 marshalls will be: TBA. Please check in with our Faculty Welcome Tent for line up instructions.

Contact Person

Augustine Nevarez
Selso Ruiz