|Students chat on a granite bench in the Japanese Garden, a gift from the graduating class of 2005.|
|The Aratani Japanese Garden flourishes with traditional Asian flora and creates a small slice of peaceful paradise in the midst of campus.|
Recognizing that the university's Japanese Garden is a serene place for students to escape the pressures of campus life, Cal Poly Pomona's graduating seniors are contributing granite benches for the garden as their 2005 class gift.
The class gift tradition began in the 1960s. Each year the graduating class leaves a gift to the university to enhance and improve the campus for future students. Examples of prior gifts include:
- The clock outside the Bronco Bookstore, class of 1993
- The gazebo in the Rose Garden, class of 1994
- The bike racks all over campus, classes of 1987 and 1988
- The flag pole outside Union Plaza, class of 1989
- The bridges in the Japanese Garden, classes of 2002 and 2003
- Additional outside seating for the Campus Center Marketplace, class of 1999
The Class of 2005 raised more than $10,000 to purchase and place solid granite benches throughout the Japanese Garden. One bench has already been positioned overlooking the pond, and several more are on the way. This year's gift will be presented to President Michael Ortiz at commencement.
The class gift committee is currently looking for graduating seniors to participate in the project. The committee will start meeting in early winter quarter. For more information contact Dolores Elias, '03, staff adviser, at (909) 869-4970 or via e-mail at email@example.com.