CONGRATULATIONS HARTNELL GRADUATES! 

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The graduation ceremony will be on Friday, May 20th, 2022 and start promptly at 4:00 pm at Rabobank Stadium, 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906. Please note the change in start time.

Students must check in at Rabobank Stadium no later than 2:30 pm. Doors will open at 3:00 pm for guests. Graduates are required to participate for the entire duration of the ceremony.

NOTE: The venue strictly forbids the use of stiletto type heels and fresh flower lei due to the possibility of damaging the stadium turf flooring; therefore, we cannot allow you to wear this type of shoe or lei.

  • Doors will open at 3pm for guest entry.
  • Confetti, balloons, and other large signage will not be allowed in the stadium.
  • All guests (3 years and above) are required to have a ticket.
  • Once the ceremony is over, please locate your gradaute near the two (2) main exits, and prepare to vacate the stadium promptly.
  • Graduates are required to stay for the entire ceremony start to finish (do not encourage your graduate to leave early, they will be asked to return to their seat.)
  • Commencement tickets are available for pickup at the Admissions and Records Office (B-121) starting Wednesday, April 20th.
  • Deadline for your six (6) tickets to be picked up is Friday, May 13th at 1 pm.
  • Each graduate is eligible for a maximum of six (6) tickets for guests.
  • Tickets are mandatory for guest entrance to the ceremony.
  • Family members can pick up regalia and tickets, they will need a written statement that includes the graduate name, ID number, and person responsible for the pick up.
  • Students are responsible for tickets, lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced.

Admissions and Records office hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm, Friday 8:00am - 1:00pm

  • Parking lot will be located at Rabobank Stadium, 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906 (Salinas Sports Complex).
  • Students must check in at Rabobank Stadium no later than 2:30 pm.
  • Doors will open at 3:00 pm for guests.
  • Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited.
  • Traffic will be heavy during the commencement ceremony. All attendees are encouraged to plan appropriately and prepare for additional time for travel.
  • ADA parking is available. Please be prepared to show your state-issued ADA placard to staff.
  • Staff will be on site to direct traffic to appropriate parking areas.

Make sure to watch the Orientation Video prior to the ceremony! This will include all the information you need with details of what to expect that day, including parking, arrival, seating, live streaming, and much more.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for Live Streaming!

  • The commencement ceremony event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Student Life as soon as possible.
  • Accommodations will be accessible to the person who needs accommodation, plus one (1). The accommodations area will be to the immediate right at the stadium entrance. Designated signs will guide those to the appropriate location.
  • ADA parking is available. Please be prepared to show your state-issued ADA placard to staff.
  • Staff will be on site to direct traffic to appropriate parking areas.
Download this Graduation Checklist to keep on track with graduation.

Q: Are there age limits to the ceremony?

A: Each ticket admits one (1) person age 3 and up. Guests under 3 years old must share seating with parent or guardian.

Q: Can I purchase more tickets in addition to the six (6) I am provided?

A: Each graduate is limited to six (6) tickets due to the increased number of graduates. As we approach the ceremony, we will contact graduates if there is an opportunity to obtain extra tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket to attend the ceremony, only guests.

Q: How long is the ceremony?

A: Graduates are required to participate for the entire duration of the ceremony from start to finish. Plan all other activities around the ceremony.

Q: What should I and my guests wear for graduation?

A: Graduates, remember that you are wearing a gown that will cover most of your body. Due to unpredictable weather conditions of Salinas Valley, we recommend graduates and guests prepare for both sunny and cloudy/windy weather. NOTE: The venue strictly forbids the use of stiletto heels and fresh flower lei due to damaging the stadium turf floor. Therefore, we cannot allow you to wear this type of shoe or lei.

Q: What if I can no longer attend the ceremony? Will I still receive my diploma?

A: Attending the ceremony does not affect your graduation. You will receive your certificate in the mail during the summer.

Q: How do I know if I need to purchase Honors Cords and Stoles of Gratitude?

A: When picking up your tickets, please ask the staff member if you are on the honors list (3.25 GPA or above). Stoles of Gratitude are given to an individual who has assisted with your academic success. The graduate wears a stole of gratitude then presents this to the honoree after the ceremony. A stole of gratitude is a beautiful way to thank someone and provide an item of remembrance for the ceremony and all their help.

Q: Can I decorate my cap?

A: Yes, please be respectful in the content of your decoration. Decorations must be flat on the cap.

 

 


Regalia

LAST DAY TO PICK UP REGALIA: May 18th, 9 am - 5pm at the Office of Student Life (C-140)

  • Regalia is ready for pick up starting May 12th. Follow these instructions, dates, and times in order to expedite this process.
  • Due to strict timelines, you will need to pick up at the assigned times stated below.
  • Family members can pick up regalia and tickets, they will need a written statement that includes the graduate name, ID number, and person responsible for the pick up.
     
    NO OTHER DATES AND TIMES WILL BE AVAILABLE
    Pick up location, dates and times: OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE (C-140)
    Thursday, May 12: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Friday, May 13: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
    Saturday, May 14: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Monday, May 16: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Tuesday, May 17: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Wednesday, May 18: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
     

Due to the increased number of graduates, please do not call the Office of Student Life, as we will be updating this Graduation Commencement webpage with all the information you need.

  • Honors Cords and Stoles of Gratitude will need to be purchased at the Hartnell Bookstore. Please order the Stoles of Gratitude at the Bookstore Website. Honors cords will be available first-come-first-served.
  • When picking up your tickets, please ask the staff member if you are on the honors list (3.25 GPA or above).
  • Stoles of Gratitude are given to an individual who has assisted with your academic success. The graduate wears a stole of gratitude then presents this to the honoree after the ceremony. A stole of gratitude is a beautiful way to thank someone and provide an item of remembrance for the ceremony and all their help

Bookstore hours:  Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm

 

Regalia (Option 3)

 


LIVE STREAM

Live on May 20th, at 3:45pm.

Click this link to stream: Hartnell College, Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony live stream