Monday, May 18, 2015

HSU Walks: A photo Essay by Mark Larson

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click to enlarge Redwood Bowl had a packed house for the 8:30 a.m. Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Commencement at Humboldt State University on Saturday, May 16 (multiple-image stitched panorama). - MARK LARSON
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  • Redwood Bowl had a packed house for the 8:30 a.m. Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Commencement at Humboldt State University on Saturday, May 16 (multiple-image stitched panorama).
Under a cool, overcast morning sky, the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences held the first of three Commencement 2015 ceremonies at Humboldt State University on Saturday, May 16. The undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degree walked out onto the vivid green artificial turf of Redwood Bowl, with friends and family clutching flowers and balloons, watching and waiting patiently through the two-hour ceremony.

The students wore standard academic regalia but many showed creativity with personal inscriptions on their mortarboard hats or wore flower leis and folded-money garlands around their necks. Many also wore cloth stoles around their shoulders specific to their academic disciplines or cultures.
click to enlarge Journalism major Anthony Johnson takes a selfie as the 2015 candidates for graduation enter Redwood Bowl. - MARK LARSON
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  • Journalism major Anthony Johnson takes a selfie as the 2015 candidates for graduation enter Redwood Bowl.
HSU President Lisa Rossbacher led her first commencement, keeping it shorter than in the past by not having any guest speakers and giving a brief welcome and presidential message to the audience. The most moving portion of her presentation came when she asked the students to stand to show an affirmative response to her questions: How many of you signed the HSU pledge of social and environmental responsibility? How many of you received some form of financial aid while going to school? How many of you worked part-time while going to school? How many of you worked full-time while going to school? How many of you are the first in your family to graduate from college?

It was a surprising, insightful and emotional experience for me to see what looked like a majority of the graduates stand after each question.

click to enlarge The tradition continues – graduates toss their mortarboard hats in the air to celebrate graduating after the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Commencement 2015 at Humboldt State University on Saturday, May 16. - MARK LARSON
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  • The tradition continues – graduates toss their mortarboard hats in the air to celebrate graduating after the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Commencement 2015 at Humboldt State University on Saturday, May 16.
The traditional tossing of hats followed the long roll call of names of those moving forward to receive degress. The new graduates then filed out looking for familiar faces of family and friends, accompanied by the HSU centennial-themed recessional music composed by music professor Gil Cline.

The real world awaits their arrival.


click to enlarge Balloon-laden Bernabe Casanova, of Berkeley, awaited the entrance of his daughter Viridiana Casanova Barrera, a history major, into Redwood Bowl. - MARK LARSON
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  • Balloon-laden Bernabe Casanova, of Berkeley, awaited the entrance of his daughter Viridiana Casanova Barrera, a history major, into Redwood Bowl.
click to enlarge Professor Noah Zerbe, Department of Politics, served as the mace bearer and professors Cindy Moyer, Music, and Sarah Wharf, Art, followed in their role as marshalls as they led the graduate and undergraduate students into Redwood Bowl. - MARK LARSON
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  • Professor Noah Zerbe, Department of Politics, served as the mace bearer and professors Cindy Moyer, Music, and Sarah Wharf, Art, followed in their role as marshalls as they led the graduate and undergraduate students into Redwood Bowl.
click to enlarge Communication major Ana Luisa Chavez wore her Carmen Miranda-like fruit-laden mortarboard hat. - MARK LARSON
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  • Communication major Ana Luisa Chavez wore her Carmen Miranda-like fruit-laden mortarboard hat.
click to enlarge Former Lumberjack newspaper Editor-in-Chief Izzy LeFrak gets his hat endorsed by journalism professor. Kirby Moss prior to commencement. - MARK LARSON
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  • Former Lumberjack newspaper Editor-in-Chief Izzy LeFrak gets his hat endorsed by journalism professor. Kirby Moss prior to commencement.
click to enlarge Cameras of all types were aimed in all directions. - MARK LARSON
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  • Cameras of all types were aimed in all directions.
click to enlarge Spanish major Janelle Freeman. - MARK LARSON
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  • Spanish major Janelle Freeman.
click to enlarge A theater arts major's commencement hat. - MARK LARSON
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  • A theater arts major's commencement hat.
click to enlarge Communication major Allie Phinney had a message for her parents from San Diego on her mortarboard hat. - MARK LARSON
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  • Communication major Allie Phinney had a message for her parents from San Diego on her mortarboard hat.
click to enlarge Family and friends of "J-I-M-M-Y-!" (James Cookman) showed their support with t-shirts, yells and applause when the English major's name was announced. - MARK LARSON
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  • Family and friends of "J-I-M-M-Y-!" (James Cookman) showed their support with t-shirts, yells and applause when the English major's name was announced.
click to enlarge Department of Journalism and Mass Communication Chair and Journal columnist Marcy Burstiner in her commencement finest. Burstiner's work for the Journal recently took home the award for best columns at the 2015 California Newspaper Publisher's Association's Better Newspaper Contest. - MARK LARSON
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  • Department of Journalism and Mass Communication Chair and Journal columnist Marcy Burstiner in her commencement finest. Burstiner's work for the Journal recently took home the award for best columns at the 2015 California Newspaper Publisher's Association's Better Newspaper Contest.
click to enlarge Brejeque Collins, sociology major and HSU student athlete in the womens 400-meter run, held her inscribed hat aloft as she exited the Redwood Bowl field following commencement. - MARK LARSON
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  • Brejeque Collins, sociology major and HSU student athlete in the womens 400-meter run, held her inscribed hat aloft as she exited the Redwood Bowl field following commencement.
click to enlarge Kaitlyn Antonio, of Riverside, shared a burst of aerosal string and then a hug with her former room-mate Devina Miller, sociology major, after the ceremony.. - MARK LARSON
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  • Kaitlyn Antonio, of Riverside, shared a burst of aerosal string and then a hug with her former room-mate Devina Miller, sociology major, after the ceremony..
click to enlarge Dance major Amethyst Avra Weburg created my favorite inscription on her mortarboard hat: "Diplomas are a girls (sic) best friend." - MARK LARSON
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  • Dance major Amethyst Avra Weburg created my favorite inscription on her mortarboard hat: "Diplomas are a girls (sic) best friend."

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