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Best Ways to Celebrate Cal Poly’s Graduation

The Central Coast is lucky to have the renowned California Polytechnic State University and all its wonderful students as residents to this beautiful area! Ranked number 9 among California’s public universities by Forbes magazine, this cutting edge university boasts a beautiful campus of 1,2321 acres and 21,000 students. Many young people love relocating to the Central Coast and exploring all it has to offer over their four years as a student at Cal Poly. Everything must come to an end though, and every spring thousands of students and their families gather together in San Luis Obispo and beyond to celebrate the end of their chapter as an undergraduate student. While Cal Poly’s Commencement Ceremony only marks the beginning of a bright future for these young minds, it is important to celebrate this amazing moment! Grads will gather in cap and gown for a high-energy program and receiving of degrees this June on the 17th and 18th. Don’t limit yourself to just the fun of the ceremonies though, as there’s endless opportunities for fun on the Central Coast!

(c) @calpolycommencement


Every student loves having family visit and showing them around the beautiful Central Coast of California! One of the very unique features of Cal Poly and its surrounding areas is the array of dining options and unique spots unlike anywhere else. When you’re visiting this month for graduation, check out these delicious eateries to immerse yourself in the Central Coast lifestyle and culture!

Luna Red

The Steakhouse at Paso Robles Inn


Shell Beach Brewhouse

F.McLintocks Saloon & Dining

Custom House


• Artisan

Tapas & Cocktails at Luna Red (c) @camauch


One of the greatest parts about the Central Coast is the sunny, warm weather, especially in the late spring! Graduation is planned on the perfect weekend to enjoy some outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, and swimming. Pack your best active clothes are take on a new activity during your stay here. Below are a few of our favorite ways to spend a day off in the sun on the Central Coast!

Hike Shell Beach Bluff Trail

Bike or walk Bob Jones Trail

Kayak through sea caves in Pismo Beach

Visit Hearst Castle in San Simeon

Wine tasting in Paso Robles

Relaxing on the beach in Avila

See a movie at Sunset Drive-In

Pack a picnic for Pirate’s Cove

Avila Beach (c) @alexa.vitale


If you’re visiting for graduation, you probably had to book your accommodations very far in advance. The influx of visitors for Cal Poly’s Commencement Ceremonies means just about every hotel, inn, and bed and breakfast in the area is booked up for the weekend. Often times, it is even recommended to book your stay a year ahead of the graduation you’re hoping to attend! Having a nearby place to relax and enjoy all the Central Coast has to offer though is essential to creating your perfect graduation weekend. Family suites at Pismo Lighthouse Suites are a great option for larger parties. Located just a little south of the college campus, this spot provides you views of the beautiful ocean and plenty of space to lounge. If you’re looking to stroll the shores, head to Avila Lighthouse Suites, where you can spend every morning on the beachfront. Upscale, contemporary spots like Shore Cliff Hotel are great for those who are looking to explore the area and then retreat to their comfortable guestroom when they need a break. If you want to go on a wine tasting adventure, the acclaimed Paso Robles Inn is located in the heart of Paso Robles and is just a short drive from the area’s most renowned wineries!

Guestroom at Shore Cliff Hotel

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