The fall commencement ceremonies included a retrospective slideshow of the graduating students during the processional, the “proud pinning” ceremony, and a celebratory surprise. In addition, a large LED screen was set up to project the ceremony for all guests to see.
For the first time, undergraduates adorned Cal Poly green gowns, which embraced and enhanced the spirit and pride felt at commencement. Master’s degree candidates continued to wear the traditional black gowns.
The 90-minute ceremony was live-streamed online with closed captioning for those unable to attend. About 10,000 visitors attended. The theme for this year’s commencement is “Mustangs Forever.”
The keynote speaker was Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, the Uganda-born co-author of “The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village.” In 2001, Kaguri founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his hometown. The organization provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV-AIDS. The organization operates two schools, a library, a community agriculture and nutrition program known as Desire Farm, a medical clinic, and a clean water system. It also offers support services to the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time.
Graduates of the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture & Environmental Design were recognized at the 4 p.m. ceremony. The 9 a.m. ceremony recognized graduate candidates from the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences and the College of Science & Mathematics. Candidates from the College of Liberal Arts and the Orfalea College of Business were honored at the 1 p.m. ceremony.
For more information, visit http://www.commencement.calpoly.edu/.
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