Commencement 2020

Timeline - Student Updates

Over the past several months, the pandemic has created unprecedented challenges. To protect our community, the university postponed commencement and we have been working diligently to plan an event to celebrate our 2020 graduates and their achievements. When we surveyed students in the spring, most of the Class of 2020 indicated their preference for an in-person commencement ceremony. Unfortunately, due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region and the corresponding health guidelines in effect, the university has determined that it will not be possible to hold a December in-person ceremony.

We are now working on various contingency plans for a Class of 2020 ceremony in May 2021. Our planning will continue to be guided by our commitment to protect health and well-being, as well as guidelines and recommendations by the CSU Chancellor’s Office and state and local public health agencies. Please note that commencement is not being cancelled and it is just being postponed to May 2021. 

The pandemic is a challenging and evolving situation. We understand that our graduates are eager to celebrate this important milestone, and we recognize the safety, travel and logistical challenges that people may face. We remain committed to celebrating our graduates and will provide an update on our plans for a May 2021 ceremony later in the fall.

Commencement Team

The Class of 2020 degrees are currently being conferred and diplomas are being ordered. You will receive an email from Michael Sutter Co., the e-mail will include information about your diploma and a complimentary eDiploma which is a gift from the Commencement Committee, to students who were registered to graduate at the May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies. Currently in-person pick up is not available, unless prior arrangement have been made. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at

Dear Graduating Students and Families,

After listening to feedback from students, faculty and staff and inviting our graduates to participate in an online survey, we understand that the interest is still very high to hold an in-person event in either December 2020 or May 2021.  Our goal is to announce new dates for the Class of 2020 during the fall semester so that you and your family can plan accordingly.

We are still exploring a variety of options to properly manage the event and will continue to hold discussions with students to ensure that our plans reflect the significance of the occasion.  The safety and wellbeing of our students and guests remain paramount, and we will work with LA County officials to ensure the activities meets the standards necessary for a safe physical distanced ceremony.

For spring 2020 graduates, your actual hard copy diploma will be mailed to you later this summer after all the degree confirmation process has been completed by the Registrar’s Office.

Commencement is one of the most important milestones of a students’ academic career, and every person deserves recognition and celebration for their achievements. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we face these new obstacles and work together to find solutions. Please continue to visit the commencement website for more information on rescheduled ceremonies, graduation requirements and diplomas.

Go Broncos!

Commencement Team

Dear Bronco,

We are contacting you regarding your Spring 2020 Early Commencement Participation (ECP) application.  With the postponement of the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, the opportunity to attend Commencement as an Early Participant for Spring 2020 is also postponed.  As a result, your ECP application for Spring 2020 has been withdrawn and no fee was charged.  We will re-evaluate the ECP process once a new timeline becomes available and will update our website with this information.  Please note this will not affect your application for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 graduation.

The University’s priority is to ensure the safety and security of our students, their families, and friends.   We will post updates on the Registrar’s Office website, and we will communicate with you about future opportunities to participate in Commencement as more information becomes available.


Registrar’s Office

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Earning your Cal Poly Pomona degree or credential represents the culmination of years of determined effort by you, your families, and all those who have supported you along the way. It has taken tremendous perseverance and a real sense of purpose. My hope is that the accomplishment you feel at this moment will serve as a source of joy and inspiration in your life and for all those around you.

My congratulations are echoed by the entire Cal Poly Community — the faculty, staff, coaches, counselors, and many others who have supported you along the way. There are also people you might not know, including alumni and friends of the university, whose support helped make your education possible. We are all so proud of you and are excited to see what you will do next.

Of course, this weekend would have been our annual Commencement ceremonies. I deeply and sincerely empathize with you about the postponement of this celebrated rite of passage. There is nothing that I love more than shaking your hand as you cross the Commencement stage. While we can’t do that now, please be assured that we will celebrate your graduation in a manner that protects your wellbeing and that of your loved ones, while also paying tribute to your achievement. And while you may not be donning a cap and gown just yet, the diploma you have earned still carries the renown, rigor, and relevance of a Cal Poly Pomona education. We will share those plans with you soon.

Cal Poly Pomona remains your home and will always be here for you. Please stay connected to your alma mater. Our alumni are essential to our university’s success and the success of students that come after you.

So again, congratulations to the Class of 2020!  You are talented and accomplished in myriad ways that give our communities, state, nation, and world hope for the future. We need your ingenuity, passion, and commitment and we thank you for applying it to the greater good for us all. 


Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D. - President

Honor Cords distribution continues at Bookstore through the end of May, 2020 at the online pick-up window.

Dear Students,

Over the past few months, we have faced unprecedented challenges and made difficult decisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most emotional was postponing your May 2020 commencement ceremonies. Our hope is that we will be permitted to hold an in-person ceremony in the future, but no one can predict the impact of COVID-19 and the future health and safety measures that will be in place.

For the past several weeks, the University has engaged students, faculty and staff in discussions on alternate plans for commencement. Knowing that no single alternative will suit all graduates, we want your feedback on which options you would prefer.

The safety and wellbeing of our students and guests is our highest priority and we will continue to align our efforts under the direction of Los Angeles County Public Health. Please know that this is a dynamic and fluid situation, and we will do our best to hold a commencement ceremony that best represents our graduates and the campus.

Thank you,

The Commencement Planning Team

Dear Graduates,

In support of your academic honor, we will be offering pick up hours for honor cords on the following dates and time:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At the BRONCO BOOKSTORE, second floor online order/pony pack pick-up window.  We are practicing social distancing, and will require face covers while in the building.  You will need your bronco I.D. for verification. 


The university is postponing the May 15, 16, and 17 graduation ceremonies until we can ensure the safety and security of our students and their families. We advise families not to make arrangements to come to the campus. We are actively looking at alternatives to celebrate our graduates in an appropriate manner.

We understand that commencement is an important part of the Cal Poly Pomona experience and we want to honor our student’s significant milestone.  While the formal pomp and circumstance will not take place in May, we will work to create an experience that honors the commitment and sacrifice made by you and your family. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to find solutions during these unprecedented times.