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5,000 students to graduate from Cal Poly this weekend

Posted at 9:04 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-15 01:40:40-04

It is going to be a busy weekend on the Central Coast as families from across the country head to Cal Poly graduations.

In total 5,100 students are walking in the two ceremonies this weekend.

Some of this year graduates include a woman who turned her life around after going in-and-out of prison for 10 years and a business finance major who hopes to retire by the time he turns 35.

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The three-hour ceremonies begin at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Spanos Stadium.

According to Cal Poly, this year the graduating class is about 7% larger than last years.

“Commencement is a final chance to salute our ambassadors of Learn by Doing as they get ready to fan out across the nation,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “They prepare to leave during one of most robust economic times for college graduates in years. Some will begin careers. Others will embark on advanced degree programs. Whatever the destination, we are confident that they are prepared for the future and are poised to become tomorrow’s leaders.

More than 40,000 people are expected to come to San Luis Obispo for celebrations.

Several restaurants in downtown San Luis Obispo say they are already booked for dinner reservations, and most of the hotels in town are full.

Many hotels, vacation rentals sell out for Cal Poly graduation weekend