Commencement 2023

Guest Speakers and Honorary Doctorate Recipients

The following alumni and friends of the university will be part of this year’s commencement celebrations, serving as guest speakers at each ceremony. All messages and Honorary Doctorate addresses will be added to the site after the ceremonies.

Honorary Doctorate Recipients

Clark Rucker

Clark Rucker

(Retired) Director, Phantom Works Quality at Boeing

Guest Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipient for the College of Engineering

*Cal Poly Pomona alumnus ('83, engineering technology)

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Sean Yu

Sean Yu

Managing Director and Leader, The Sean Yu Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management 

Guest Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipient for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

*Cal Poly Pomona alumnus ('99, political science and management and human resources)

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Guest Speakers

Geoffrey W.S. Okamoto

Geoffrey W.S. Okamoto

Managing Director of the Office of Government Affairs at Goldman Sachs

Guest speaker for the College of Business Administration

*Cal Poly Pomona alumnus (’08, computer informations systems)

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Gregg Patterson

Richard Rodriguez

(Retired) Consultant

Guest speaker for the College of Science

*Cal Poly Pomona alumnus (’70, biology)

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Yvonne Rentmeester

Yvonne Rentmeester

Director of Quality Assurance, Sprouts Farmers Market

Guest speaker for the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

*Cal Poly Pomona alumna (’95, agricultural business management)

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Wendy Rogers

Wendy Rogers

CEO of LPA Design Studios

Guest speaker for the College of Environmental Design

*Cal Poly Pomona alumna (’88, architecture)

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Sue Kaiser

Sue Kaiser

Educational Consultation, Adjunct Faculty at CPP and CSUSB

Guest speaker for the College of Education and Integrative Studies

*Cal Poly Pomona alumna (’84, master’s in education)

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Javier Cano

Javier Cano

General Manager for Mariott International's Los Angeles properties

Guest speaker for The Collins College of Hospitality Management

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