Congratulations Hartnell Graduates! 

Visit this page for news and updates regarding Hartnell's 2019 Commencement/Graduation Ceremony. Please take note the following important information:

Postcards must be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office (B-121) by Thursday, May 9, 2019 by 6pm at which time you will be given your commencement tickets. 

 Graduation Regalia (Cap, Gown and Tassle) is required for participating in the ceremony and will be available at the College Bookstore.

2019 Commencement Orientation (download)

Commencement Ceremony: Friday, May 24, 2019.

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 promptly at 5:30 pm; ALL Graduates must be in line by 4:30 pm (Doors will open at 4:00 pm for Graduates only), and 4:30 pm for Guests.

Commencement Orientation Meeting: May 9, 2019 12:30pm or 3:00 and May 10, 2019 12:00 pm in Main stage Rm. K104, Western Stage

WARNING:  Due to venue policy: absolutely no stiletto heels will be allowed. Please wear appropriate shoes. 

Graduates Instructions:

Doors will open for Graduates at 4:00pm. Please direct yourself to the Graduates Check-In area. Our volunteers will guide you to the line-up area. Line up will be categorized by degree. For special accommodations, contact the Office of Student Life (831-755-6734.) ALL graduates must be lined up by 5:00pm. 
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.


Graduation Deadline

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


Cap and Gowns

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 4:30 pm for all Guests. No Balloons, confetti 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 8 tickets and additional Graduation information.  If you did not attend one of the scheduled orientations then you must return your Graduation Card Confirmation by Friday May 10, 2019 to receive you tickets.


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



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


Contact Information

Office of Student Life. Student Center Bldg. C  Rm. 140