Spring Commencement 2018 Graduate Information

Arrival Instructions and Assembly Sites

Please report to your college assembly site in full regalia (including hoods for master's degree candidates) 90 minutes before your ceremony start time to prepare for your processional and fill out your name card.

Faculty will lead graduates in a grand processional into the stadium from each assembly site 30 minutes before your ceremony start time.

Assembly Site Locations and Times
 
College Location assembly arrival Processional into stadium

College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences

9 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018

O'Neill Green 7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

College of Science and Mathematics

9 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018

Health Center Lawn 7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

College of Liberal Arts

3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018

Health Center Lawn 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Orfalea College of Business 

3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018

O'Neill Green 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

9 a.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018

O'Neill Green 7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

College of Engineering

9 a.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018

Health Center Lawn 7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

Ceremony Tips and Information

  • Stadium gates open 90 minutes before each ceremony.
  • The ceremony will last approximately 2.5 hours.
  • After the ceremony, designate a meeting place with family and friends outside of the stadium. 
  • Please dress comfortably. There may be lengthy walks on grass, hills and uneven pavement. 
  • The stadium is not shaded. Be prepared for the weather by wearing sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Please leave pets at home. Only service animals are permitted on campus. 
  • Alcohol, fireworks, air horns, weapons and glass bottles are prohibited. Those found in possession of such items will be removed from the ceremony. 
  • Large bags and coolers are not allowed in the stadium.
  • Please mindful of those sitting around you and do not obstruct their views by holding signs, balloons, umbrellas, etc.
  • Learn about general parking, accessible parking and shuttle services.
  • Learn about stadium seating, services and accessibility.
  • Download the Cal Poly Now Commencement app to stay connected and informed throughout the weekend.
  • Follow Cal Poly Commencement on Instagram and Facebook @calpolycommencement

Graduate Reminders

Be sure to complete this checklist before commencement!
  • Forward your commencement tickets to your guests.
  • Update your Cal Poly Portal with the following information:
    • Mailing address: where you would like your diploma sent
    • Name: how you would like it to appear on your diploma
    • Email: forward your Cal Poly email to a personal account
  • Complete the Graduate Status Report.
  • Connect with your alumni network through Cal Poly Alumni.

Regalia and Accessories

Order your Spring 2018 Commencement regalia and accessories today! Caps, gowns, tassels, sashes, announcements and diploma frames are now available to purchase both online and in the University Store.
 
Did You Know? $1 of all Spring 2018 cap and gown purchases made at the University Store will support the Senior Gift Campaign!
 
 

Order a Grad Pack

Bundle and save!
 
Basic Grad Pack ($6 Savings)
  • Bachelors: $159.50 | Masters: $199
    • Cap, Gown and Tassel
    • Graduation Sash
    • 25 Personalized Announcements
    • 25 Envelope Seals
    • 30 Return Address Labels
Classic Embossed Grad Pack ($16 Savings)
  • Bachelors: $294.50 | Masters: $334
    • Cap, Gown and Tassel
    • Graduation Sash
    • 25 Personalized Announcements
    • 25 Envelope Seals
    • 30 Return Address Labels
    • Classic Embossed Diploma Frame
Classic Medallion Grad Pack ($18 Savings)
  • Bachelors: $307.50 | Masters: $347
    • Cap, Gown and Tassel
    • Graduation Sash
    • 25 Personalized Announcements
    • 25 Envelope Seals
    • 30 Return Address Labels
    • Classic Medallion Diploma Frame
Windsor Tassel Grad Pack ($21 Savings)
  • Bachelors: $349.50 | Masters: $389
    • Cap, Gown and Tassel
    • Graduation Sash
    • 25 Personalized Announcements
    • 25 Envelope Seals
    • 30 Return Address Labels
    • Windsor Tassel Diploma Frame

Order Individual Regalia Items and Accessories

  • Bachelors Cap, Gown and Tassel: $43
  • Masters Cap, Gown and Tassel: $83
  • Graduation Sash: $39
  • Announcements Essentials Package: $82
    • 25 Personalized Announcements
    • 25 Envelope Seals
    • 30 Return Address Labels
  • 25 Personalized Announcements: $59
  • 25 Envelope Seals: $12
  • 30 Return Address Labels: $12
  • 5 Additional Announcements: $11
  • 25 Tissue Inserts: $11
  • 25 Thank You Cards: $16
  • Certificate of Appreciations: $9-$19
  • Classic Embossed Diploma Frame: $145
  • Classic Medallion Diploma Frame: $160
  • Windsor Tassel Diploma Frame: $205

Pre-Order Flowers and Leis

Pre-order your bouquets and leis and pickup at your commencement ceremony!

The deadline for pre-ordering is June 13, 2018. After that date, you can fulfill your floral needs at any of the 9 sales locations conveniently at and around Alex G. Spanos Stadium during your commencement ceremony on June 16-17, 2018.

  • Orchid Leis: Single: $30 | Double: $40
  • Rose:  Half Dozen: $20 | Dozen: $30
  • Kukui Lei with Graduation Year: $30
  • Plush Teddy Bear: $20
  • Deluxe Spring Bouquet: $20

Book a Cap and Gown Portrait Sitting

Book your portrait date and time and choose a sitting package:

  • Traditional Sitting: $12*
    • 8 poses in cap and gown with close-ups and diploma poses.
  • Supreme Sitting: $17*
    • 4 poses in business attire and 8 poses in cap and gown with close-ups and diploma poses.
*Please note that you are purchasing a non-refundable sitting appointment. Prints and products sold separately.
 


Spring 2018 Ceremony Tickets

Beginning April 23, eligible students will receive an email from the Cal Poly Ticket Office (tickets@calpoly.edu) with a link to claim up to 10 free commencement tickets. 

  • Tickets are required for all guests attending the commencement ceremonies located in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
  • Tickets are not required for children under the age of 3. Do to seating limitations, we ask that all young children sit on the laps of parents or family members.
  • Tickets are not required for students participating in the main commencement ceremonies.

Students are responsible for distributing tickets to guests prior to their ceremony. At each entrance gate, guests can present their ticket in either printed form or on a mobile device. Please note that each ticket is unique and will be scanned before entrance into a ceremony. Duplicating tickets will result in guests being turned away, so please be sure to sure to print individual tickets, not several copies of the same ticket.

Additional tickets are not available for purchase. Students who wish to receive more than 10 commencements tickets can complete the official Cal Poly Spring Commencement 2018 Additional Ticket Request. 

Please note that additional tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Commencement Office does its best to accommodate all requests, however, there is no guarantee that you will receive the full amount of additional tickets requested.


Celebrate Respectfully

Celebrate your achievements and the accomplishments of fellow graduates by staying in your seat the entire duration of the ceremony. Celebrate respectfully by being present and cheering for each Mustang as they cross the stage on this momentous day. All graduates who stay the full length of the ceremony will RECEIVE A SPECIAL GIFT upon exiting the stadium!


Celebrate Responsibly

 

Cal Poly encourages all grads and guests to have a safe and enjoyable commencement by celebrating responsibly.


Class of 2018 Senior Gift

 

The Senior Gift campaign is a fundraising effort led by current Cal Poly seniors benefiting the health, happiness and wellbeing of Cal Poly students. It's philanthropy at its finest - students helping students.

By making a senior gift, you are telling current students, alumni, our philanthropic community and future students that you believe in Cal Poly. The Senior Gift campaign goes directly to current and future students in need through Cal Poly Cares.


Diplomas

Learn about diploma information by visiting the Office of the Registrar's Graduation Process page.


Commencement Certificates

A complimentary certificate will be given to each student who participates in a commencement ceremony. For students who misplace their certificate or would like an additional one, please contact the Commencement Office.


College Colors

The tassel color each graduate wears represents the discipline in which they studied. Bachelor's candidates wear tassels on the right side of the mortarboard and Master's candidates wear tassels on the left side.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
All degrees | Maize

College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Architecture | Blue Violet
Architectural Engineering | Orange
All other degrees | Brown

Orfalea College of Business
Industrial Technology | Sapphire Blue
All other degrees | Drab

College of Engineering
All degrees | Orange

College of Liberal Arts
All degrees | White

College of Science and Mathematics
Kinesiology | Sage Green
All other degrees | Golden Yellow

Extended Education
All degrees | White

The velvet border on a master's candidate's hood represents the subject in which the degree is earned, while the lining and chevron colors represent the university granting the degree. Cal Poly's colors are represented with green lining and gold chevrons.


Commencement Fee

Effective Fall 2015, a mandatory commencement fee will be automatically charged to all eligible graduates and all student who have achieved 75% degree completion. The fee will be charged to the student's account. The commencement fee covers the cost of all commencement-related services, resources, events, staffing and all programmatic elements of the commencement experience from beginning to end. For further details, please visit the Student Accounts website.

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