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Information for Graduates

Graduation Requirements

General questions about graduation requirements, applying for graduation and deadlines are available on the Registrar’s Office web site.

At the end of the spring quarter, if you have 8 or less units remaining please visit the Commencement Participation web site.

Specific questions about graduation requirements, such as remaining classes an individual student needs to take, should be addressed to the individual’s evaluator in the Registrar’s Office.


Commencement Participation Requirements

Individuals eligible to participate in the 2015 commencement ceremony are Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2014 graduates; Spring 2015 Applicants, and approved Early Commencement Participation applicants who have paid their $56.00 graduation fee.

Eligibility to participate in the commencement ceremonies will again be verified at commencement check-in.  To maintain the integrity of the ceremonies, students that cannot be verified at check-in will be asked to complete and sign a Commencement Participation Form, with the understanding that they will be subject to a $200.00 fee if found to be ineligible to participate.

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Cap and Gown Purchase

At Grad Fair

  • When is Grad Fair?
    • April 21st & 22nd, 2015, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Inside the bookstore atrium, building 66)
  • How to Obtain your Cap and Gown
    • Complete your information form with name, height, email, and major
    • Pay at the main registers
    • Pick up today at the atrium window (or any time after the Fair at the Cap & Gown sales counter by showing your receipt

Caps and gowns will be available through June 11th at the main register counter at the Bronco Bookstore:

  • Bachelor's Complete = $64.95
  • Master's Complete = $84.95
  • Master's Hood Only = $25.95
  • Extra Tassel = $8.95
  • Cal Poly Pomona Class of 2014 Sash = $34.95

“Complete” includes cap, gown, tassel and sash. Master’s also includes the hood.

You may also purchase your cap and gown online through Jostens.

Online purchases will not include sash.  They can be purchased before the ceremony at bookstore or on day of event.

Bookstore Schedule :

  • Monday thru Thursday 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
    Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

It is highly recommended to purchase your cap and gown in advance for proper fitting.  Limited quantities and sizes of caps and gowns are available at the Campus Center Marketplace on June 12 through 14, starting about two hours prior to each ceremony.

These caps and gowns are the ONLY outer attire allowed for graduates. It is not an all-weather garment; inclement weather may damage clothing worn underneath. The attire is all black and warm, plan accordingly for your clothing underneath gown.

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Honors Cord

A gold cord worn around the neck of the gown signifies baccalaureate graduation with academic honors. Cal Poly Pomona grants honors upon graduation to students who have demonstrated academic excellence throughout their undergraduate careers.

Those receiving master's degrees are not eligible for honors.

Honors apply to undergraduate students who graduate with an overall grade point average of at least 3.50. Spring Quarter candidates must have had a minimum overall GPA of 3.50 based on Winter Quarter grades. Everyone who earns honors at graduation will have that designation noted on their diploma.  The honors are:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.80 - 4.00
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.65 - 3.79
  • Cum Laude: 3.50 - 3.64

Honors cords, which are available for no additional fee, may be obtained at the Registrar's Office beginning May 18th, 2015. Photo identification is required to obtain a cord and they will not be issued to those who are "early commencement participants."  For questions about honors cords, please call 909-869-3000.

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Disability Resource Center

Students who may need special assistance should register with Disability Resouce Center in advance. Contact them at 909-869-3333 or

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Graduation Announcements

Share your good news with family and friends with graduation announcements.  This year both generic and personalized announcement will be offered by Jostens.

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Senior Portraits

Studio 94 Photography is Cal Poly Pomona's senior portrait specialist. The studio will take 5 images in professional attire and 5 in cap & gown. To make an appointment call (877) 363-9690 or visit Their studio is located in Fullerton.

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Animals at Commencement

While we are happy for guests who utilize guide animals to bring their important companions to commencement, it is inappropriate for animals not trained to deal with large crowds, noise, and confusion to be part of the celebration. California State Law prohibits leaving an animal inside a confined vehicle, so for the safety and comfort of the animals and our guests, it is important that pets be left at home We’re sorry, but guests who insist on bringing pets to the ceremonies will be asked to leave immediately. No exceptions will be made for graduates or guests, except "service animals required to perform tasks for persons with disabilities."

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Line Up

Participants in commencement ceremonies should be in the designated check-in/line-up area at the time listed below.  Pre-printed reader cards will provided at check-in which will allow you to provide us pronounciation of your name, and email address to send you photo proofs.  Check-in at the registration tents according to your last name, complete your card, and then line-up by major.   Hold on to your card as you will present the card to a stage assistant just prior to a professional reader reading your name, as you go on stage to receive your diploma cover.

*All students Check-in/Line-Up at corner of University Drive and Mansion Lane)

Friday, June 12

College of Science - Check-in:  3:00 pm

Collins College of Hospitality Management - Check-in:  7:00 pm

Saturday, June 13

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences - Check-in:  8:00 am

College of Engineering - Check-in:  3:00 pm

College of Agriculture - Check-in:  7:00 pm

Sunday, June 14

College of Business Administration - Check-in: 8:00 am

College of Education and Integrative Studies - Check-in:  3:00 pm

College of Environmental Design - Check-in:  7:00 pm

*All ceremonies are held at the University Quad.  All bags are subject to search.

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Food Service

Limited food service is available during the commencement ceremonies at the following locations around the Quad.

Closing times are subject to change based on customer demand.

Concession stand - Located on Olive Lane between buildings 6 and 94 (Main entrance)

  • Friday, June 12: 3pm to 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 13: 7:30am to 11am; 2:30pm to 9pm
  • Sunday, June 14: 8am to noon; 2pm to 7pm

Pony Express Convenience Store - Inside Campus Center Marketplace

  • Friday, June 12: Open until 9:30pm
  • Saturday, June 13: 7am to 9pm
  • Sunday, June 14: 8am to 9pm

Carl's Jr. - Inside Campus Center Marketplace (limited menu)

  • Friday, June 12: Open until 8:30pm
  • Saturday, June 13: 7:30am to 10:30am; 2:30pm to 5pm; 6pm to 8:45pm
  • Sunday, June 14: 8am to 10:30am; 3pm to 5pm; 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Jamba Juice - Inside Campus Center Marketplace (limited menu)

  • Friday, June 12: Open 2pm to 7pm
  • Saturday, June 13:  9am to 5pm
  • Sunday, June 14:  9am to 5pm

Poly Trolley - Center of Quad

  • Friday, June 12: 3pm to 8:30pm
  • Saturday, June 13:  7:30am to 11am; 2pm to 9pm
  • Sunday, June 14:  8am to noon; 2pm to 5pm

   NOTE: All service times are subject to change based on demand

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Commencement Photos

Professional photographers will take three photos of each graduate. Two are posed photos just prior to ascending the stage, while the third is as the graduate shakes hands on stage. The photographer is positioned just off-stage for the perfect shot of your graduate's proud moment. Proofs will be mailed to each graduate shortly after the ceremony to be considered for purchase. You do not need to sign up for this service in advance; every candidate and graduate will have their photograph taken on stage. There is no obligation to purchase any of these photos.

Please visit the GradImages website at for more information.

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Commencement T-Shirts

Campus USA will be at all commencement ceremonies selling personalized graduation t-shirts. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at

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GraduationDayFlowers will be offering fresh flower bouquets and orchid leis at each of the Commencement ceremonies.  Save 10% today on all your flower products by pre-ordering at  Print out your receipt and present it to the flower staff located at the main booth on campus during commencement weekend.  To ensure convenient pick up, the main booth is located in the University Quad (next to Campus Center Marketplace).

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Diploma Pick Up

Diploma Pick-up - Diplomas are sent to the students' mailing addresses on file. Those to whom a degree has been awarded will receive a congratulatory email from the Registrar asking that they verify the accuracy of their mailing address. This notice will be sent to the Cal Poly Pomona email account.

The Senior Exit Survey is attached to the congratulatory email.  The diploma will be mailed out once the survey is submitted.

To change your address on-line, please visit

Please note that the diplomas are sent directly to the graduate from a third party and will NOT be available for pick-up on campus unless prior arrangements have been made. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 909-869-3000 for further information.

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