Campus Preparing for 2004 Commencement Ceremonies

Campus Preparing for 2004 Commencement Ceremonies
In all, the university?s 2004 commencement schedule will include eight different ceremonies over a three-day span beginning Friday, June 11.

Soon, big white tents and thousands of chairs awaiting the arrival of students donned in black caps and gowns will fill the University Quad as Cal Poly Pomona prepares for its 48th annual commencement ceremonies.

In all, the university?s 2004 commencement schedule will include eight different ceremonies over a three-day span beginning Friday, June 11. This year?s speakers include a United States congresswoman, a state secretary of agriculture, a California state assemblyman, a professor of theoretical physics, three business executives and the director of the Getty Conservation Institute.

In addition to the university?s ceremonies, Cal Poly Pomona will host graduations for I-Poly High School and four high schools in the Pomona Unified School District.
All ceremonies take place in the University Quad, adjacent to the Campus Center Marketplace (Building 97).

Cal Poly Pomona?s 2004 commencement schedule and speakers are as follows:

Friday, June 11

  • 4 p.m. ? College of Science, speaker Kip S. Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Caltech
  • 8 p.m. ? College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences, Fabian Nuñez, California State assemblyman, 46th District

Saturday, June 12

  • 9 a.m. – College of Business Administration, Scott Mercer (unconfirmed), chief financial officer, Western Digital
  • 4 p.m. ? College of Education & Integrative Studies, Hilda Solis (unconfirmed), United States representative, California?s 23rd District
  • 7:30 p.m. ? Collins School of Hospitality Management, Richard N. Frank, chairman, Lawry?s Restaurants Inc.

Sunday, June 13

  • 10 a.m. ? College of Agriculture, A.G. Kawamura, secretary of agriculture, state of California
  • 4:30 p.m. ? College of Environmental Design, Timothy P. Whalen, director, Getty Conservation Institute
  • 7:30 p.m. – College of Engineering, Randall L. Peeters, vice president of engineering, Aerojet

More than 30,000 people are expected to visit the campus to honor the 3,000-plus graduates of the Class of 2004, while thousands more will watch live or archived video-streaming from their homes around the world. To watch the live Web cast, click here.

To send congratulatory Cal Poly Pomona e-cards to graduates, click here.

Tickets are not required for any of this year?s commencement ceremonies. Attendees are advised to arrive at least one hour prior to the scheduled start. Disabled students and guests requiring special assistance should contact Disabled Student Services in advance at (909) 869-3333 or e-mail

Campus parking is free during commencement weekend. Those attending are encouraged to utilize lots C, D, F and J. Additional commencement information is available by calling (909) 869-5369 or by visiting