Spring Commencement 2019 Schedule of Events

Spring 2019 Ceremony Schedule

Saturday, June 15 - Sunday, June 16 | Alex G. Spanos Stadium

Please note that each ceremony will run approximately three hours including name reading.

Saturday, June 15 | 5 p.m.

College of Architecture and Environmental Design, College of Engineering and College of Science and Mathematics
 

Sunday, June 16 | 5 p.m.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Orfalea College of Business and College of Liberal Arts
 
 

Spring 2019 Livestreams

 


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Commencement Kickoff

Wednesday, April 24 - Thursday, April 25

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | University Store

Commencement Kickoff provides students who are eligible to participate in Spring Commencement 2019 the opportunity to acquire all their needs for the big day in one convenient place. Designed as a “one-stop shop,” students can purchase:

  • Caps, gowns, tassels and other university regalia
  • Graduation announcements
  • Class rings
  • Diploma frames
  • Flowers, leis and gifts

The following resources will also be available at Commencement Kickoff. Be sure to stop by each table to check everything off your list:

  • Commencement Office: Meet the Commencement Office staff, enjoy free food and win exclusive Class of 2019 prizes!
  • Ticket Office: Speak to representatives of the Ticket Office about any questions or concerns you have about your ceremony tickets.
  • Alumni Association: Learn about your Cal Poly Alumni Association membership.
  • Career Services: Explore the many career resources and services available to Cal Poly alumni.
  • Senior Gift Campaign: Learn about the Senior Gift campaign, a fundraising effort led by current Cal Poly seniors benefiting the health, happiness and well-being of Cal Poly Students.
 

Commencement Info Booths

Stop by the University Union Plaza every Thursday in May to enjoy free food, win exclusive Class of 2019 prizes, meet the Commencement Office staff and ask questions.

Thursday, May 2 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dexter Lawn
Thursday, May 9 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. UU Plaza
Thursday, May 16 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. UU Plaza
Thursday, May 23 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. UU Plaza
Thursday, May 30 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. UU Plaza

 

Cap and Gown Portraits

GradImages, Cal Poly's official graduation photographer, will be on campus Tuesday, June 11 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Building 52, Room E28 to take cap and gown portraits of Cal Poly grads. Cap and gown provided.

No sitting fee. No sales pitch. No appointment necessary. You will receive a passport-sized, color proof image in the mail approximately one week after the event. A link to your digital proofs will also be emailed to you 2-3 days following the portrait session. There is no obligation to purchase, and Gradlmages guarantees complete satisfaction.

 

Cultural Commencement Ceremonies

All Cal Poly graduates are invited to participate in Cultural Commencement Ceremonies. Registration required. Learn more about each celebration below.

American Indian & Indigenous Commencement

Friday, June 7 | 4-7 p.m. | SLO Botanical Gardens

The American Indian and Indigenous Commencement celebrates the achievements of graduating American Indian and Indigenous students.

Asian Pacific Islander Commencement

Friday, June 14 | 5-8 p.m. | Chumash Auditorium

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Commencement is an annual graduation ceremony held to recognize the personal and academic achievements of graduating seniors at Cal Poly. This event provides a more intimate atmosphere for family and friends to congratulate the graduating class of 2019.

Black Commencement

Friday, June 14 | 4-8 p.m. | Spanos Theatre

Black Commencement is an annual celebration recognizing the culture and accomplishments of the Cal Poly African American graduating class. This commencement is also a time when students are able to thank their families and friends for their support along the way. Distinguished speakers, special student awards, live performances, and the tradition of wearing Kente cloth stoles hand-woven from Africa, all add to the vibrancy.

Chicanx/Latinx Commencement

Sunday, June 16 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Performing Arts Center

The 41th annual Chicanx/Latinx Commencement celebrates the culture and accomplishments of Cal Poly Latinx students. This bilingual ceremony, organized by the Chicanx/Latinx Commencement Committee, is open to all students, parents, family, and friends. The event consists of food, entertainment, guest speakers, remarks by graduating students and recognizes those who have supported Latinx students throughout their Cal Poly journey.

Disability Commencement

Friday, June 7 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Performing Arts Center Pavilion

Disability Resource Center (DRC) commencement recognizes the accomplishments, persistence and strength of our graduating students. We celebrate their success with a ceremony and reception that acknowledges their achievements and allows the opportunity for students to thank their supporters.

Lavender Commencement

Saturday, June 8 | 4-7 p.m. | SLO Botanical Gardens

Lavender Commencement recognizes the scholarship, accomplishments, and community contributions of underrepresented sexual and gender minorities including, but not limited to, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual/aromantic, queer, transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, non-binary, agender, intersex, questioning, and allied graduating seniors and graduate students. 

SWANA Commencement

Friday, June 14 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Baker Lawn

The Southwest Asian North African (SWANA) Commencement is an annual celebration recognizing the culture and accomplishments of the Cal Poly SWANA graduating class. This commencement is also a time when students are able to thank their families and friends for their support along the way.

College and Department Events

Find the day, time and location of your college or department event in the list below.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

DEPARTMENT Date time LOCATION
Agribusiness June 16 2-4 p.m. Walter F. Dexter (Bldg. 34) Lawn

Agricultural Education and Communication

June 16 2-3:30 p.m. BioResource and Agricultural Engineering (Bldg. 8) Lab 1
Animal Science and Dairy Science June 16 2-3:30 p.m. Julian A. McPhee University Union (Bldg. 65) Plaza
BioResource and Agricultural Engineering  June 16 2-3:30 p.m. BioResource and Agricultural Engineering (Bldg. 8) Lab 1
Food Science and Nutrition June 16 2-3 p.m. Agricultural Sciences (Bldg. 11) Courtyard
Military Science ROTC June 15 12-4 p.m. Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre (Bldg. 44)
Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences June 16 2-4 p.m. Warren J Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (Bldg. 180) Lawn
Wine and Viticulture June 16 2-3:30 p.m. Crop Science Lab (Bldg. 17J) Rm. 101/102

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

DEPARTMENT date time location
Architectural Engineering June 15 2:30-3:30 p.m. Engineering West (Bldg. 21) Courtyard and KTGY Gallery (Rm. 105A/B)
Architecture June 15 2-3:30 p.m. Architecture and Environmental Design (Bldg. 5) Berg Gallery (Rm. 105)
Construction Management June 15 2-3:30 p.m. Simpson Strong-Tie Material Demonstration Lab (Bldg. 187) Courtyard
Landscape Architecture June 15 2-3:30 p.m. Walter F. Dexter (Bldg. 34) Rm. 252

Orfalea College of Business

DEPARTMENT date time LOCATION
Orfalea College of Business Undergraduate Programs June 16 2-3 p.m. Business (Bldg. 3) Breezeway and O'Neill Green
Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs June 14 4-6 p.m. Performing Arts Center (Bldg. 6V)

College of Engineering

DEPARTMENT date time location
Aerospace Engineering June 15 1-2:30 p.m. Chumash Auditorium (Bldg. 65)
Biomedical Engineering June 15 1:30-3:30 p.m. Multi Activity Center (Bldg. 43)
Civil Engineering June 15 2-4 p.m. Richard J. O'Neill Green (Bldg. 61G)
Computer Engineering June 15 1:30-3 p.m. Bonderson Engineering Project Center (Bldg. 197) Plaza and Lawn
Computer Science and Software Engineering June 15 1:30-4 p.m. Performing Arts Center (Bldg. 6V)
Electrical Engineering June 15 1:30-3:30 p.m. Walter F. Dexter (Bldg. 34) Lawn
Environmental Engineering June 15 2-4 p.m. Engineering (Bldg. 13) Courtyard
General Engineering June 15 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Engineering IV (Bldg. 192) Rm. 106
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering June 15 1-3 p.m. Bldg. 41 Courtyard
Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies June 15 2-3:30 p.m. Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (Bldg. 180) Lobby
Materials Engineering June 15 2-3:30 p.m. Alan A. Erhart Agriculture (Bldg. 10) South Patio
Mechanical Engineering June 15 1-3 p.m. Robert A. Mott Physical Education (Bldg. 42)

College of Liberal Arts

DEPARTMENT date time LOCATION
Art and Design June 16 2:30-3:30 p.m. Walter F. Dexter (Bldg. 34) Art Gallery Plaza
English June 16 1:30-3 p.m. Chumash Auditorium (Bldg. 65)
Graphic Communication June 16 2-3:30 p.m. Graphic Arts (Bldg. 26) Rm. 204
History June 16 2-4 p.m. Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre (Bldg. 44)
Journalism June 16 2-3:30 p.m. Graphic Arts (Bldg. 26) 2nd Floor
Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies June 15 2-3:30 p.m. Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (Bldg. 180) Lobby
Music June 16 1:30-3 p.m. H. P. Davidson Music Center (Bldg. 45) Rm. 218
Philosophy June 16 2-3:30 p.m. Julian A. McPhee University Union (Bldg. 65) Rm. 220
Political Science June 16 1-3 p.m. Engineering West (Bldg. 21)  KTGY Gallery (Rm. 105A/B)
Social Sciences June 16 1:30-3 p.m.

Advanced Technology Laboratories (Bldg. 7)

Theatre and Dance June 16 2-3 p.m. H. P. Davidson Music Center (Bldg. 45) Rm. 212

College of Science and Mathematics

DEPARTMENT date time location
College of Science and Mathematics June 15 2-3 p.m. Warren J Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (Bldg. 180) Lawn and Patio

Past Spring Commencement Videos

Visit the Cal Poly Commencement YouTube Channel to watch archived Spring Commencement ceremony live stream videos.

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