May 2017 Newsletter

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Spring Commencement Information

Is your student graduating this spring? With Commencement quickly approaching, here is some important information to help you and your student prepare for the big day!

Commencement Info Booth | Every Thursday in May and June, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | UU Plaza 

The Commencement office will be hosting a weekly info booth throughout the month of May and June prior to Commencement. Students can stop by to ask questions, get information, and pick up a free snack! Please note: There will be no info booth on Thursday, June 8th. 

May the Mustang be With You | May 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Mott Gym Lawn 

Stop by our booth to celebrate your Mustang pride as we get closer to graduation! There will be free food, prizes, games, and cap decorating for graduating students. You will also have a chance to take a photo with Musty!

Graduation Portraits | April 27-28 and June 16 

For more information, please visit Ultimate Exposure website.

Class of 2017 - New Alumni BBQ | May 18 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Spanos Stadium 

It's sad to say goodbye but so satisfying to say you've made it! Make a toast to your new alumni status with Cal Poly Alumni and the Class of 2017! 

When: Thursday, May 18 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Spanos Stadium
What: FREE Beer and Grub! 
Why: Because you've earned it. 

#WOWtoNOW  #CalPolyAlumni  #CalPolyProud 

Please bring your non-student ID. Sponsored by @calpolyalumni.

Commencement Center | June 12-16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | University Store 

Students who were unable to attend the Commencement Fair can purchase all their graduation items at the Commencement Center.

Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremonies | June 17-18 | Spanos Stadium

Graduates will celebrate being Mustangs Forever at their assigned ceremony times, based on programs of study, as listed below:

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. | College of Liberal Arts and Orfalea College of Business

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. | College of Architecture & Environmental Design and College of Engineering

Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. | College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences and College of Science & Mathematics

For more information about participating in our Cultural Commencement ceremonies, CLICK HERE!

For more information on Spring 2017 Commencement, CLICK HERE. Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ the Commencement Facebook page to get the latest updates! 

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Enjoy Spring in San Luis Obispo

Spring has sprung in SLO! The scenery in San Luis Obispo is teeming with green hills and a generous sprinkling of orange poppies, providing the perfect setting for a fun hike or bike ride. Now that the rain has gone, plenty of events await, including the upcoming SLO Jazz Festival (May 20) and Roll Out the Barrels (June 22-24) Come visit your Mustang and rediscover all the reasons why there’s no life like the SLO Life. These parents did!

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On-Campus Move-Out Information 

While the end of the school year is just one month away, it is a good idea to start planning move-out logistics. For on-campus housing, the move-out dates are as follows: 

Sunday, June 18th by Noon: Move-out for freshmen students in Residence Halls, Cerro Vista Apartments, and Poly Canyon Village Apartments 

Tuesday, June 20th by Noon: Move-out for continuing and transfer students in Cerro Vista Apartments and Poly Canyon Village Apartments 

Remember that many other students will be moving out during these dates, so please exercise patience and plan accordingly. Remember that students must be out of their room/apartment by noon on their move-out date.

For more information about the on-campus housing calendar, CLICK HERE

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Transferring Community College Courses to Cal Poly 

Students often use the summer season to get ahead or catch up on courses. While Cal Poly does offer a summer term, students are welcome and encouraged to take courses at local or online community colleges. However, students should confirm that the courses they wish to take will transfer to Cal Poly. To do so, students can utilize a great resource called Assist is a website where students can input information about community college courses to determine how/if they will transfer to Cal Poly. As always, encourage your student to also consult with their academic advisor to ensure correct tracking and enhance progress towards their degree.

For more information about taking courses at community colleges, CLICK HERE

For common questions and additional help with using the website, CLICK HERE.  

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On-Campus Health Services over Summer

Did you know that your student can still utilize Health Services over the summer season even if they are not enrolled in summer courses? If your student was enrolled in spring and plans to be enrolled again in the fall, they can be seen at Health Services for a fee of $15. 

For a list of the Health Center’s services, CLICK HERE. For more information about eligibility for Health and Counseling Services, CLICK HERE

Students not enrolled in classes over the summer can also still access the Recreation Center for a membership fee. For information about membership rates, CLICK HERE. For a listing of current Rec Center fitness classes, CLICK HERE

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Stay Involved by Volunteering as a Parent 


Are you a proud Cal Poly parent or supporter who wants to become more involved with the university? Parent & Family Programs will help discover the various ways you can stay involved with our dynamic university. We’re looking for proud parents like you to give your time, lend your wisdom, or share your resources! 

Sign up HERE to volunteer your time and lend your wisdom!

For more information on becoming a parent volunteer, CLICK HERE

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Resource Spotlight – Veteran's Success Center

Cal Poly has a variety of great resources for a diverse student body. Each month we will highlight one that may be beneficial or of interest to your student.


Cal Poly was ranked 10th best veteran-friendly university among Western universities – a listing that shows which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help military vets and active-duty service members make pursuing a college education more affordable. The Veterans Success Center provides assistance to prospective and enrolled student veterans and dependents in their transition to college. The center assists in accessing educational benefits, campus resources, leadership activities, and transitioning into the civilian work world. Some of the reoccurring events and resources they offer include the following:

Student Veterans Organization (SVO): The Student Veterans Organization offers a non-political environment where Cal Poly veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, families, and others can meet, share information and plan activities. It is designed to emulate the camaraderie military personnel experienced while in the service. The goal of the Student Veterans Organization is to assist in any way to help former brothers, sisters in arms, and dependents of veterans realize their full potential academically, socially, and in the workplace.

Educational Benefits: Cal Poly is approved to certify educational benefits for veterans and their dependents. Specific criteria must be met in order to qualify for benefits. For more information on federal benefits, go to To initiate or transfer federal educational benefits, students can contact the Veteran Certifying Official, Steven Chandler, at or 805.756.2531.

Other Events: The Veteran’s Success Center hosts a variety of other events throughout the year including a suicide awareness obstacle course, Veterans Awareness Week, volunteering around the community, and much more!

CLICK HERE for more information about the Veteran’s Success Center. The see Counseling Services information for student veterans, CLICK HERE

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Upcoming Events – May

Tuesday, May 2nd 6-9:30pm at Baggett Stadium (160-0161)
    Baseball v Pepperdine  

Thursday, May 4th 11am-1pm at Mustang Way/Mott Lawn 
    May the Mustang be with You – Commencement Info Booth 

Friday, May 5th 6-8:30pm at Bob Janssen Field (160-0161)
    Softball v Hawai’i 
    Additional games: Saturday, May 6th 2-7pm 

Saturday, May 6th 9am-12:30pm at Spanos Stadium (061-0)
    Football Spring Game

Saturday, May 6th 8-10pm at Harman Hall (006-0101) 
    SLO Symphony Classics V Concert 

Thursday, May 11th 11am-1pm at the UU Plaza 
    Commencement Info Booth 

Thursday, May 11th 8-10pm at Spanos Theatre (044-0227)
​​​​​​​     Stupid F88king Bird 
​​​​​​​     Additional shows: Friday, May 12th, Saturday, May 13th, Thursday, May 18th,
​​​​​​​     Friday,May 19th, and Saturday, May 20th  

Friday, May 12th 6-9:30pm at Baggett Stadium (160-0161)
​​​​​​​     Baseball v CSUN
​​​​​​​     Additional games: Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th 1-4:30pm 

Saturday, May 13th 4-6pm at Harman Hall (006-0101)
     San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony Finale Concert 

Tuesday, May 16th 7:30-9:30pm at the PAC Pavilion (006-0128)
     Cal Poly’s Polyrhythmics Percussion Recital 

Thursday, May 18th 11am-1pm at the UU Plaza 
     Commencement Info Booth 

Thursday, May 18th 7:30-8:30pm at the H.P. Davidson Music Center (045-0218)
     Cal Poly Student Piano Recital 

Wednesday, May 24th 8-10pm in Spanos Theatre (044-0227)
     Student Directed Dance Concert
     Additional shows: Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th

Thursday, May 25th 11am-1pm at the UU Plaza
     Commencement Info Booth 

Thursday, May 25th 6-9:30pm at Baggett Stadium (160-0161)
     Baseball v UC Riverside
     Additional games: Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th  

Saturday, May 27th 8-10pm in Spanos Theatre (044-0227)
     Spring Concert: Arab Music Ensemble 

Thursday, June 1st 11am-1pm at the UU Plaza
     Commencement Info Booth

Thursday, June 15th 11am-1pm at the UU Plaza
     Commencement Info Booth

Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th at Spanos Stadium
     Spring Commencement 

For Athletic event tickets, CLICK HERE. For Performing Art Center event tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

May 4 | Commencement Info Booth 11am-1pm in the UU Plaza 
May 8 | Last day for students to edit their 2017-2018 housing application via their Poly Portal
May 11 | Commencement Info Booth 11am-1pm in the UU Plaza 
May 25 | Commencement Info Booth 11am-1pm in the UU Plaza 
May 29 | Academic holiday; Memorial Day observed
June 1 | Commencement Info Booth 11am-1pm in the UU Plaza 
June 12 – 16 | Spring Quarter finals
June 15 | Due date for incoming students to sign up for Student Life Orientation (SLO) Days
June 15 | Commencement Info Booth 11am-1pm in the UU Plaza 
June 16 | Graduation portrait photos; visit Ultimate Exposures to schedule a sitting 
June 17 – 18 | Spring Commencement 
June 18 | Freshmen must vacate their rooms and apartments by noon
June 20 | Continuing and transfer students must vacate their apartments by noon 
June 22 | First five week, eight-week, and 10-week summer terms begin
July 20 – September 9 | SLO Days sessions
July 27 | Second five-week summer term begins 
July 29 – August 22 | Summer Institute 
August 12 – September 8 | Quarter Plus program 

For more important dates, deadlines, and calendars, CLICK HERE

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Important Campus Phone Numbers

Admissions | (805) 756-2311 
Career Services | (805) 756-2501 
Commencement | (805) 756-1600
Counseling Services | (805) 756-2511
Disability Resource Center | (805) 756-1395
Financial Aid Office | (805) 756-2927 
Health Services | (805) 756-1211 
Mustang Success Center | (805) 756-6211 
Parent & Family Programs | (805) 756-6700
Student Accounts | (805) 756-1428 
University Housing | (805) 756-1226 
University Police Department | (805) 756-2281

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