Dec.6, 2016

Contact: Anthonia Edgren

Cal Poly Fall 2016 Commencement Set for Dec. 17

SAN LUIS OBISPO — About 900 students are eligible to graduate in three ceremonies at Cal Poly's 33rd annual fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 17. Ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the main gymnasium in the ASI Recreation Center.

The fall commencement ceremonies will include a retrospective slideshow of the graduating students during the processional, the "proud pinning" ceremony, and a celebratory surprise. In addition, a large LED screen will be set up to project the ceremony for all guests to see.

"For the first time, undergraduates will adorn Cal Poly green gowns, which embrace and enhance the spirit and pride felt at commencement," said Anthonia Edgren, who is helping to organize the event. "Master's degree candidates will continue to wear the traditional black gowns."

The 90-minute ceremony will be live-streamed online with closed captioning for those unable to attend. About 10,000 visitors are expected to attend. The theme for this year's commencement is "Mustangs Forever."

The keynote speaker is Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, the Uganda-born co-author of "The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village." In 2001, Kaguri founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his hometown. The organization provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV-AIDS. The organization operates two schools, a library, a community agriculture and nutrition program known as Desire Farm, a medical clinic, and a clean water system. It also offers support services to the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time.

The 9 a.m. ceremony will recognize graduate candidates from the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences and the College of Science & Mathematics. Candidates from the College of Liberal Arts and the Orfalea College of Business will be honored at the 1 p.m. ceremony, and candidates from the College of Architecture & Environmental Design and the College of Engineering will be recognized at 4 p.m.

Permits are not required to park on campus during commencement. Parking will be available in the Grand Avenue Structure as well as in lots H1, H2, H12, H14 and H16. These lots are about a 10-minute walk from the Recreation Center. Shuttles will be available to pick up guests from the H lots and drop them off in front of the Rec Center.

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