Ceremony Tickets

During spring quarter, all eligible students will receive an email from the Cal Poly Ticket Office ( with a link to claim up to 10 free commencement tickets. 

  • Tickets are required for all guests attending the main commencement ceremonies located in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
  • Tickets are not required for children under the age of 3. Do to limited seating, 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.


A complimentary certificate will be given to graduates who participate in the main commencement ceremonies. For students who misplace their certificate or would like an additional one, please contact the Commencement Office.


A complimentary diploma will be mailed to the students permanent address upon completion of all degree requirements. Additional diplomas can be ordered through the University Store at (805) 756-5322. Each additional diploma cost $15. Expedited shipping is available for an additional cost.

After the degree is posted, it will take approximately three weeks for delivery to your address.

For information regarding what is listed on the diploma, how to update your mailing address or the status of your degree, please contact the Evaluations Office at (805) 756-2396 or

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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