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Commencement Day Tips

Arrive Early

Doors open one hour prior to the ceremony. It may take 10-15 minutes to walk from the parking lots to the Recreation Center Main Gym.

Make sure to print out the 10 tickets your student received via email. Make sure you don’t print 10 copies of the same ticket as each one has an individual barcode that can be scanned once.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverages other than water are not allowed in the Recreation Center.

Green Gowns!

Undergraduate students must be wearing the new Cal Poly green gown to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Undergraduate students 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 stadium. Graduate students will continue to wear the traditional black commencement gown. 

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