Commencement 2024

Guest Information

Planning Ahead

Person holding a mobile phone with digital ticket

Tickets for Guests

To manage the number of people coming to campus, all guests will need to show a valid ticket (QR code). Children under 2 years of age are not required to have a ticket and should sit on the lap of an adult.

Save your QR code to your phone or print it out. Your QR code will be scanned at the ticket entry area.

Screenshot of Parking Map


Parking is free for all Commencement guests during Commencement dates, May 17-20, 2024.  Please note your parking location.  Signs and staff will be onsite to guide you to the nearest available parking. 

ADA Parking is available in Lot C and Lot J (Please display your Disabled Parking Placard)

View the interactive campus map

Faculty and Staff Parking Info

Nearly all employee parking lots will be available to faculty and staff during Commencement. However, Parking Lots A, G and the ADA parking spaces on University Drive will not be available. Due to increased traffic, it is recommended employees consider alternate lots such as Lot M (near Ag Valley) and Lot Q (Next to residential suites).

Family member takes a photo of a graduate

Campus Safety

Commencement is a special event for everyone involved. We are committed to fostering a campus environment that is safe, welcoming, and respectful of all attendees.

All attendees are expected to comply with University policies (including Time, Place, and Manner Policy), laws, and directions from University officials. Those who do not comply may be asked to leave. Visit the Campus Safety webpage for more information.

Clear bags will be required. They should be made of vinyl or plastic material, must not exceed 12” x 12” x 6” and should not have obscured interior pockets. Exceptions will be made only for:

  • Purses, wallets or bags that are 6” x 6” or smaller
  • Medically necessary items, including diaper bags that accompany infants
All other bags, backpacks, purses and carriers must be returned to the vehicle or left at home.
University Quad

University Quad Venue

All ceremonies will take place in the University Quad venue in the heart of campus. Guests should arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony. Ceremonies will be 90 minutes or less.

The venue is accessible from C, F Lots, and Parking Structure 1 & 2. Directional signage will be provided along walkways from these parking areas to the Ticketing Entry Points, prior to entering University Quad. Depending on your parking location be advised the walk to the venue is slightly uphill, and may take an additional 15 minutes. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Before arriving, review the Event Map and list of prohibited items.

Female grad holding an umbrella in the rain


Weather conditions in May in Pomona can vary from cool, raining, and extreme heat. Ceremonies are outside and shade is sparing. For the latest weather conditions, please refer to your mobile on the week of events. Commencement is a rain or shine event.

Commencement Photos

Cal Poly Pomona has partnered with Pro Pics to take professional portraits of all graduates during the ceremony. Photos will be available for purchase after the ceremony. There is no cost to have your photo taken and no obligation to purchase. If you would like to receive your photo proofs, please go to to submit your information. If you have any questions regarding photos, please contact Pro Pics at

 Pro Pics



Graduation Day Flowers will be offering fresh flower bouquets and orchid leis at each of the commencement ceremonies.

Graduation Day Flowers

Mortar Board

Animals at Commencement

Cal Poly Pomona welcomes service animals on campus, as long as they always remain harnessed and rest in the seating area of the individual with a disability. All service animals must stay in ticketed areas and may not block any aisle, hallway, etc. Service animals are working animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of individuals with a disability such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting people prone to seizures, or other tasks directly related to a disability.  Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the American with Disabilities Act.  Please leave pets at home for their safety and comfort as the commencement environment will have large crowds, heat, noise and confusion.  Please note California State Law prohibits leaving an animal inside a confined vehicle.