Fall Commencement Scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2016

Graduates at commencement

The Orfalea College of Business will celebrate commencement with the College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, December 17 at 1 p.m. in the Cal Poly Rec Center’s Main Gym. Graduates should line up on the west side of the Rec Center, near the Health Center, at 12 p.m. In the event of rain, graduates will gather in the Rec Center’s main lobby.

Cal Poly graduates will gather in cap and gown for a high-energy processional featuring a student-produced photographic retrospective with entertainment by Cal Poly student musicians. The program will feature brief remarks, motivational speeches, pinning of our new alumni, the conferral of degrees and a spirited closing. Graduates will receive ten (10) admission tickets that provide access to one of the university ceremonies.

The keynote speaker is Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, the Uganda-born co-author of “The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village.” In 2001, Kaguri founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his hometown. The organization provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV-AIDS. The organization operates two schools, a library, a community agriculture and nutrition program known as Desire Farm, a medical clinic, and a clean water system. It also offers support services to the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time.

Student Affairs will host receptions in the University Union Plaza for participants and guests immediately following each ceremony. In case of rain, the receptions will occur in the Multi Activity Center within the Recreation Center.

Green Gowns
Bachelor’s program graduates must be wearing the new Cal Poly green gown to participate in the commencement ceremony. Bachelor’s program graduates arriving in a black gown will not be allowed to participate and will be asked to purchase a green gown at the bookstore before entering the Recreation Center. Master’s degree candidates will continue to wear the traditional black gowns.

Arrive Early
Doors open one hour prior to the ceremony. It may take 10-15 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the Recreation Center.

Parking will be available in the H1, H2, H12, H14, H16 and Grand Avenue Structure. Parking lots are about a 10 minute walk from the Recreation Center. Please arrive early to ensure there is plenty of time to park, walk, and find your seats.

Shuttle Service
Shuttles will pick up guests will from the “H” lots and will drop them off in front of the Recreation Center. Shuttles for guests with mobility impairments will also be available from these lots and will drop off in front of the Recreation Center.

Wheelchairs will be available for check-out throughout the day. Stations will be located at the Recreation Center and the Grand Avenue Parking Structure.

Print Your Tickets
Make sure to print out the 10 tickets you received via email. Be sure you don’t print 10 copies of the same ticket as each one has an individual bar code that can be scanned once.

Food and Beverage
Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Recreation Center Main Gym. Please consume coffee and snacks prior to entering. Food and beverages will be available at the reception immediately following the Commencement Ceremonies.

For more details, visit http://commencement.calpoly.edu.