June 11, 2015

Contact: Matt Lazier

Cal Poly Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremonies Set for June 13, 14

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 4,100 students are eligible to graduate in three ceremonies at Cal Poly’s spring commencement Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14. Ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday in Spanos Stadium.

“Commencement day is the best day of the year,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “We get to celebrate a major milestone, honor academic achievement and send thousands of Cal Poly graduates off with pomp, circumstance and a work ethic cultivated by Learn by Doing.”

“It’s a great day for our graduates and their families who helped to make this accomplishment possible,” Armstrong said. “Employment opportunities for the Class of 2015 are among the best in years. As our newest alumni begin their careers across the state and nation, we know they will use the talents and intellect honed at Cal Poly to make the world a better place.”

GoDaddy CEO and technology pioneer Blake Irving and KTTV anchor and Cal Poly alumna Laura Diaz will deliver keynote addresses. Irving will address the colleges of Engineering and Architecture & Environmental Design at 9 a.m. Saturday, and Diaz will address the College of Liberal Arts and Orfalea College of Business at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The university will award an honorary doctorate degree to hotel owner and philanthropist Phyllis Madonna at 5 p.m. Saturday during the ceremony for Cal Poly’s colleges of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences and Science and Mathematics at the ceremony.

More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend Cal Poly’s 74th annual commencement ceremonies. 

The commencement schedule is:

Saturday, June 13

9 a.m.

College of Engineering – 999 eligible graduates

College of Architecture and Environmental Design – 296 eligible graduates

5 p.m.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences – 840 eligible graduates

College of Science and Mathematics – 668 eligible graduates

Sunday, June 14

9 a.m.

College of Liberal Arts – 724 eligible graduates

Orfalea College of Business – 675 eligible graduates

In addition, 76 Extended Education students are also eligible to graduate.

Permits are not required to park on campus during commencement. Because of road closures and residence hall move-out traffic, guests need to enter campus from Highland Drive. Follow directional signs for parking. Disabled parking is available in marked lots.

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