Commencement 2022

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

Violet Palmer

Violet Palmer

NBA Referee (1st Female Referee in the NBA, Retired 2016)
Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officials
Pac-12 Conference West Coast Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference

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

*Cal Poly Pomona alumna ('88, recreation administration)

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Larry Gates

Larry Gates

Co-Founder DRC Engineering, Inc. 

Guest Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipient for the College of Engineering

*Cal Poly Pomona alumnus ('87, civil engineering)

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Guest Speakers

A.G. Kawamura

A.G. Kawamura

Founding LLC Member of Orange County Produce
Former Secretary of the California  Department of Food and Agriculture, 2003-2010

Guest speaker for the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

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Gregg Patterson

Gregg Patterson

Founder and President "Tribal Magic!!!"

Guest speaker for the Collins College of Hospitality Management

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Mia Lehrer

Mia Lehrer, FASLA

President, Studio-MLA

Guest speaker for the College of Environmental Design

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Pamela Maynard

Pamela Maynard

CEO, Avenade

Guest speaker for the College of Business Administration

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Sep Eskandari

Sep Eskandari, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Montana State University Billings

Guest speaker for the College of Science

*Cal Poly Pomona alumnus ('93, chemistry, '95, masters in biology)

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Sue Johnson

Sue Johnson

Superintendent, Savanna School District

Guest speaker for the College of Education and Integrative Studies

*Cal Poly Pomona alumna ('79, liberal studies)

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