Commencement 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

March 17-18, 2020, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Inside the bookstore atrium, building 66)

"One stop shop for all your commencement needs"

  • Complete your information form at Grad Fair with name, height, email, and major
  • Pay at the main registers
  • If you ordered in-person pick up same day at downstairs atrium window
  • If you ordered online pick up starting March 17th at the upstairs atrium window prior to May 14th.  We highly suggest you pick-up your own gown as soon as possible to guarantee fit.

Caps and gowns will be available starting March 17, 2020 at the Bronco Bookstore:

  • Discounted frame packages start at $244.95 plus applicable taxes, and include bonus items if purchased by March 18, 2020
  • Traditional complete package includes:  cap, gown, tassel, and sash (master to include hood)
  • Individual items available
  • Prices valid through May 2020.

You may also purchase your cap and gown online through Jostens.  Online orders will not include sash, it will have to be purchased on campus before ceremony or day of event.

  • It is highly recommended to purchase your cap and gown in advance for proper fitting at Grad Fair.  Limited quantities and sizes of caps and gowns are available at the Campus Center Marketplace on May 15-17, two hours prior to each ceremony.
  • Official Cal Poly Pomona caps and gowns are the ONLY outer attire allowed for graduates. It is not an all-weather garment. The attire is all black, plan accordingly for cool clothing underneath gown.

Bookstore Schedule:

  • Monday - Thursday  8:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • Friday  8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday - Closed
*Hours subject to change

Bookstore Tents at Commencement:

  • Friday - 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 6:30 am to 8:30 pm

Parking permits are not required.  Although, carpool is highly recommended due to limited parking during large ceremonies.

Participants in commencement ceremonies should be in the designated check-in/line-up area located at corner of University Drive, and Mansion Lane (across from bldg. 9), one hour prior to all ceremonies.  Please refer to ceremony schedule on commencement home page.  Approved participation pre-printed reader cards will be provided at check-in.  You will have the opportunity to provide pronounciation of your name, along with email address to send you photo proofs. Check-in at registration tents according to last name, complete reverse side of card, then line-up by major. Hold on to your card and provide to professional reader on stage.  Please note students approved to participate in Early Commencement, applied late for Spring graduation and/or lost their reader card will not have their honors read.

All students check-in one hour prior to ceremony at the corner of University Drive/Mansion Lane (accross from bldg. 9)All ceremonies are held at the University Quad.  All bags are subject to search.

Parking for guests with disabilities is located in Lot "C" and "F8".  Please display your Disabled Parking Placard.

  • Limousine parking must be arranged in advance.
  • A parking officer will provide parking instructions.  Please notify by May 1 , 2020.

Graduation refers to the term in which you have officially and successfully completed all of your graduation requirements. You must apply for the term in which you plan to graduate through your Student Center in BroncoDirect.  Once grades are posted, your record will be evaluated and if all requirements are met, your degree will be awarded.

The Commencement ceremony is often referred to as "Graduation," but in reality there is a difference. Commencement is a ceremony and celebration for students projected to successfully complete all of their graduation requirements by the end of spring semester, or those that completed the prior summer, fall or winter.  You will not receive a diploma at the Commencement ceremony. Confirmation of degree completion will not take place until official grades are posted. 

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.