U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former California Secretary of Food and Agriculture Ann M. Veneman addressed the candidates from the colleges of Agriculture, Architecture and Environmental Design, and Engineering along with thousands of friends and family members at the 9 a.m. ceremony.
Cal Poly History Professor Dan Krieger delivered the afternoon commencement address to candidates in the colleges of Business, Liberal Arts, and Science and Mathematics, as well as the University Center for Teacher Education and the Statewide Nursing Program.
During the ceremony, Veneman was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the California State University and Cal Poly, marking the third time Cal Poly has bestowed the degree.
Krieger has been teaching at Cal Poly since 1971. He has become perhaps the best-known contemporary historian of San Luis Obispo County, writing a weekly column for the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
Approximately 3,000 of the prospective graduates were candidates for bachelor's degrees and more than 200 were candidates for master's degrees.
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