Graduate Student Commencement 2016



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Ceremony Information

Congratulations to the graduate students completing their studies in 2016!

The Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs will host a commencement ceremony on Friday, June 10, 2-4pm at the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre for accounting, economics and MBA graduates.

The ceremony will include a keynote address by Tammy Kiely, global head of the Semiconductor Investment Banking Practice in the Technology, Media and Telecom Group of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs.

Graduates can invite four guests. Seats are general admission, free and must be reserved via EventBrite. Graduates can request additional tickets by contacting cobgmp@calpoly.eduDoors open at 1:30pm. 

All graduates will have their names read in a hooding ceremony. Following the ceremony, there will be light refreshments served on the Spanos Patio, which is shaded. Guests are welcome to take photos.

Orfalea graduate students should not attend the undergraduate ceremony.


Parking permits will not be required in the Grand Avenue and K1 parking lots starting at 12pm on Friday.

Enter Cal Poly at the Grand Avenue entrance and follow the signs for Orfalea Graduate Commencement to the Grand Avenue Parking Structure near the Performing Arts Center. If necessary, due to other campus events, overflow parking will be in the K1 Parking Lot.


Attire and other related commencement materials will be available April 26-28 at the Commencement Fair. If students don’t make it to the Commencement Fair, they can purchase their cap, gown, tassel, hood and honors cords after June 6 at the University Store.


If you would like to request an accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter or use of a wheelchair, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (805) 756-1395 as soon as possible. The DRC appreciates two weeks’ notice, but has a 72-hour minimum request deadline.

Updated April 11, 2016