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Cal Poly Fall 2022 Commencement Set for Dec. 10

Contact: Matt Lazier
805-756-7109; mlazier@calpoly.eduSAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will honor more than 900 eligible graduates in the 39th annual fall commencement on Saturday, Dec. 10.

The celebration will commemorate graduates from each college in one ceremony. Festivities will start at 10 a.m. at the Alex G. Spanos Stadium on campus. The university expects around 9,000 guests.

“Commencement, spring or fall remains one of the best days of the school year for the campus community and the entire Mustang family," said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “These members of the Class of 2022 are ready to take on new challenges as they begin careers or continue their educational journeys. This is the walk they’ve prepared their entire lives to make.

“While it’s a time to celebrate the major accomplishments of these future world changers, we also welcome the opportunity to thank and congratulate the team that helped get them to this wonderful day. Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and fans and friends as well as faculty and mentors of the graduates all can share in the joy of this day.”

The ceremony will include performances by the Cal Poly Chamber Choir and feature large LED screens with closed captioning for graduates and guests to view. The 90-minute ceremony will also be live streamed online with closed captioning for those unable to attend.

Saturday’s Fall Commencement will honor nearly 800 eligible undergraduate students and more than 120 eligible master’s students. The ceremony will recognize graduate candidates from each of the university’s colleges: the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; College of Architecture and Environmental Design; College of Engineering; College of Liberal Arts; College of Science and Mathematics; and the Orfalea College of Business.

While the College of Engineering has the most graduates at 371, business administration undergraduates from Orfalea College of Business make up the largest study major, which remains consistent with past years among the university’s Ready Day One graduates.

California Boulevard will be closed to through traffic. Parking permits are not required on campus during commencement. Parking will be available off Highland Drive on Via Carta in Lots H12, H14 or H16. Accessible/ADA parking is available in Lot C7, which is accessible via Highland Drive, and the Grand Avenue Structure. Valid placard or license plate is required. Parking lot locations can be found at

Shuttles traveling between parking lots/structures and Spanos Stadium will be available throughout the day to guests with mobility impairments and one companion. Uber and Lyft drop-off sites will be in lots C7 (via Highland Drive) and C2d (coming from northbound California Boulevard).


Fall Commencement 2022 Facts

Total candidates: 915
Undergraduate: 787
Graduate: 128

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (161 total)
Undergraduate: 141
Graduate: 20

College of Architecture and Environmental Design (45 total)
Undergraduate: 44
Graduate: 1

College of Engineering (371 total)
Undergraduate: 290
Graduate: 81

College of Liberal Arts (124 total)
Undergraduate: 120
Graduate: 4

College of Science and Mathematics (106 total)
Undergraduate: 96
Graduate: 10

Orfalea College of Business (108 total)
Undergraduate: 96
Graduate: 12

Top 10 Undergraduate Degrees

 1. Business Administration, 74, OCB*
 2. Mechanical Engineering, 71, CENG
 3. Computer Science and Software Engineering, 50, CENG
 4. Electrical Engineering, 44, CENG
 5. Construction Management, 30, CAED
 6. Biological Sciences, 27, COSAM
 7. Animal Science, 25, CAFES
 8. Computer Engineering, 25, CENG
 9. Biomedical Engineering, 21, CENG
10. Civil Engineering, 21, CENG

*Orfalea College of Business college offers three majors: business administration; economics; and industrial technology and packaging. Business administration majors select an area of concentration in addition to their major.