Fall Commencement 2018 Graduate Information

Regalia and Accessories

Purchase your cap, gown, sash, tassel and grad packs in the University Store beginning Nov. 1 at Commencement Kickoff! Class rings, announcements and diploma frames are available to purchase online. See below for more details. 
 
Did You Know? $1 of all cap and gown purchases made at the University Store will support the Senior Gift Campaign!
 
 

Grad Packs (Available at Commencement Kickoff only)

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
  • Class Rings: Starting at $469

Pre-Order Flowers and Leis

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

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

Book a Cap and Gown Portrait Sitting

Book your portrait date (Nov. 1 or 2) 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.
 

Ceremony Tickets

Beginning October 29, 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 commencement ceremonies.
  • Tickets are not required for children under the age of 3. Due 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 commencement ceremonies.

Students are responsible for distributing tickets to guests prior to their ceremony. Please note that each ticket is unique and will be scanned upon entry. 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

Students who wish to receive more than 10 commencements tickets can complete the official Fall 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.


Assembly Sites

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

The assembly site for each ceremony is behind the main gym on the west side of the Recreation Center (closest to the Health Center).

Faculty will lead graduates in a grand processional into the main gym from the assembly site 20 minutes before your ceremony start time.


Graduate Instructions

 

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Additional Information

Ceremony Tips

Important information for your big day.

  • Doors open one hour before each ceremony.
  • The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.
  • After the ceremony, designate a meeting place with family and friends outside of the Recreation Center. 
  • Please dress comfortably. There may be lengthy walks on grass, hills and uneven pavement. 
  • 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 Recreation Center.
  • 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 Checklist

Be sure to complete these steps 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.

Celebrate Responsibly

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

    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.

    Diplomas

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

    Programs

    Graduates and guests will receive a commemorative commencement program at each ceremony. While the Commencement Office does its best to list all eligible graduates in the program, please note that there is no guarantee that every name will be included.

    Senior Gift Campaign

    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.

    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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