Out of an abundance of caution, the university has postponed in-person commencement and will look to an alternate form of recognizing our graduates. More information will be shared as soon as it becomes available. For the latest updates and information regarding coronavirus and our campus preparedness, please visit https://chw.calpoly.edu/coronavirus.

Commencement FAQs


Spring Commencement 2020 has been postponed. Will it be rescheduled?

Spring Commencement ceremonies will not be held this June. This difficult decision aligns with actions being taken by the CSU Chancellor’s Office. In the months ahead, the university will work to determine alternate forms of recognizing our graduates. As soon as decisions are made our office will share with the class of 2020 and the campus community. 


Will other commencement-related events, such as Commencement Kickoff, Cultural Commencement ceremonies, and college/department events, be rescheduled? 

At this time, all events associated with Spring Commencement are canceled. Many of the coordinators, staff, faculty, and students who worked to plan these events are dedicated to honoring graduates and will consider alternate ways to celebrate. 


What alternate forms of recognition are being considered for spring graduates? 

The Commencement Office is considering several possibilities including, but not limited to, virtual engagement opportunities throughout spring quarter, in-person celebrations throughout the next academic year, and commemorative gifts mailed to the permanent address of each graduate.   


What is the plan for Fall Commencement 2020? 

Due to the postponement of Spring Commencement 2020, the Fall 2020 ceremony schedule is currently under review. More information will be shared as soon as it becomes available. 



I pre-ordered my regalia online. Can I cancel my purchase and receive a refund?

Yes. Please visit herffjones.com/collegereturns to complete a refund form for your regalia pre-order. 

I pre-ordered my regalia online. Can I have my order shipped to me? 

Yes. Please visit herffjones.com/homedelivery to complete a form to have your regalia pre-order shipped to you.

Can I still purchase regalia?

Yes. Caps, gowns, tassels, sashes, masters hoods, announcements, class rings, and diploma frames are available for purchase at http://herff.ly/calpoly until June 7, 2020. All online orders will be shipped to the mailing address you provide. 



Since commencement is postponed, is my graduation term impacted? 

No. Your expected graduation term, which can be viewed in your Poly Profile, will not be impacted. For more information, please visit registrar.calpoly.edu/grad_process.

Will I still receive my diploma? 

Yes. After your degree is posted, it will take approximately three weeks for delivery to your address. Diplomas are sent via USPS to yourmailing address. It is critical that you update your mailing address in your Poly Profile before you leave Cal Poly. For more information, please visit registrar.calpoly.edu/grad_process


Commencement Emails

Sign up to receive Spring Commencement 2020 emails to stay informed and updated as new information becomes available.


Fall Commencement 2020

Due to the postponement of Spring Commencement 2020, the Fall 2020 ceremony schedule is currently under review. More information will be shared as soon as it becomes available. 


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