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May 2, 2014 6:46 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Student tradition of going to the bars before Cal Poly graduation could come to an end

A longtime graduation tradition at Cal Poly could be coming to an end.

The Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs, Keith Humphrey, and San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx wrote a letter to the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association asking the association to request that all downtown bars wait until after 9:00 a.m. to serve alcohol on June 14 and 15, which is graduation weekend.

It's a large tradition at Cal Poly for students and their parents, grandparents, and other family members to head to the bars at 6:00 a.m. before the graduation ceremony.

In the letter, Humphrey and Marx say Cal Poly has seen an increase in the number of students that are "intoxicated, disruptive, and disrespectful during commencement ceremonies, Cal Poly's most honored academic tradition."

The letter is just a request, and Marx and Humphrey have asked the downtown association for a meeting to talk more about it.

The letter states that they aren't trying to hurt any of the downtown businesses financially, and they understand it is a big request.



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