Spring Commencement 2019 Events
Spring 2019 Ceremony Schedule
Please note that each ceremony will run approximately three hours including name reading.
Saturday, June 15 | 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 16 | 5 p.m.
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 and leis
- Cap and gown portraits
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.
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.||UU Plaza|
|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|
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.
Friday, June 14 | 4-8 p.m. | Spanos Theater
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.
Sunday, June 16 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Location TBD
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.
Friday, June 7 | 5:30-8 p.m. | TBD (on campus)
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.
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.
Friday, June 14 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Baker Lawn
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.