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Cal Poly adding additional graduation ceremonies next spring

Six ceremonies will be held, one for each college
Posted at 9:51 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 21:16:45-04

More ceremonies will be added to the lineup for Cal Poly's 2020 spring commencement.

Cal Poly officials say the university is moving to a new model that includes six ceremonies, one for each college.

The change comes after the school last June moved from three to two ceremonies in an effort to keep everyone out of the midday sun "and create for a more pleasant experience for all participants," but it didn't go quite as planned.

Some graduates said the evening ceremony left them no time to celebrate with family while others complained it gave people too much time to consume alcohol beforehand.

Several people were also caught entering unauthorized and un-scanned, taking the already-impacted seating away from those with tickets, according to university officials.

For the Spring 2020 commencement, Cal Poly spokesperson Matt Lazier says the addition of ceremonies is aimed at making each event smaller and shorter.

It's not known how many tickets each graduate will receive for family and friends and will depend on the size of each graduating class, "but there is the potential for more capacity per graduate for family members and supporters," Lazier said.

Cal Poly's 2020 spring commencement is set for June 13 and 14 in the Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Ceremonies are scheduled for 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. both days.