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Graduates, we are counting down the days! Start preparing and stay updated with all information regarding Fall 2016 Commencement.

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Fall 2016 Commencement Schedule

Fall Commencement is right around the corner! Click here for the schedule!

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Commencement marks a special time in your student's academic career. Click to learn more about Commencement.

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Fall Commencement is Saturday, December 17, 2016

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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.

Ceremony schedule is as follows:

9AM - College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences and College of Science and Mathematics

1PM - College of Liberal Arts and Orfalea College Of Business

4PM - College of Architecutre and Environmental Design and College of Engineering


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.


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