Commencement This Week for Class of 2006

Commencement This Week for Class of 2006
Graduates and their fans during the College of Business Administration commencement ceremony at Cal Poly Pomona last year.
A grad waves during the College of Science commencement ceremony.

More than 3,000 students will take part in Cal Poly Pomona's commencement ceremonies this week, June 9-11. This year's class includes a mother and son who will graduate together, the first graduate students in regenerative studies, three education students who will receive the first doctorates through a joint doctoral program, as well as three Renaissance Scholars.

The university holds eight different ceremonies representing each of its colleges and The Collins School over a three-day span. All ceremonies will take place in the University Quad, adjacent to the Campus Center Marketplace (Building 97).

The 2006 commencement schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 9

4 p.m. College of Science

8 p.m. College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Saturday, June 10

9 a.m. College of Business Administration

4 p.m. College of Education & Integrative Studies

7:30 p.m. The Collins School of Hospitality Management

Sunday, June 11

10 a.m. College of Engineering

4:30 p.m. College of Environmental Design

7:30 p.m. College of Agriculture

College of Business Administration valedictorian Terry Lynn Prichard will be awarded a degree in management and human resources. Her son, Andrew Prichard, is participating in the same commencement ceremony, earning a degree in finance, real estate and law.

The 2006 graduating class also comprises the universitys first graduate students in regenerative studies, and three Cal Poly Pomona students who will receive the first set of doctorate degrees through a joint doctoral program at University of California, Irvine.

In addition, three Renaissance Scholars will be graduating from the program in June. Each year, more than 20,000 youth age out of the foster care system and are expected to make the transition to adulthood independently. Cal Poly Pomona established the Renaissance Scholars program in January 2002 to assist foster youth in making this transition successfully. In addition to receiving financial aid and scholarships, Renaissance Scholars are eligible for on-campus housing, employment opportunities, academic advising, tutoring, health care and other services to help them complete their education.

For more information, visit the Commencement 2006 web site at

A pair of grads hug during the College of Environmental Design commencement ceremony.