In This Issue

Bronco Grit

Sean Yu didn’t feel like an exceptional student before he attended Cal Poly Pomona. His high school GPA was a 2.7, with a semester where it fell below 2.0, due to his parents getting a divorce. Even though he had relatively high SAT scores and his GPA was the lowest amongst his friends, his college applications were “decent enough” to be accepted into several Cal State Universities. But exceptional is precisely what his post-graduate life became.

Shoulders to Stand On

For half a century, the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association has worked to connect alumni willing to share their experience and expertise. The aim is to help students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, reach for the stars.

A Fond Farewell

More than 8,000 graduates from spring 2022, fall 2021 and summer 2021 crossed the stage in the University Quad to receive their undergraduate and graduate degrees in front of more than 64,000 family members, friends and supporters.

A Fulfilling Journey

Ira Pemstein found a fulfilling career by following his father’s advice. His father, Walter, would say: “If you love what you do, you will find a way to be successful at it.” That was a message that resonated with Pemstein and fueled his return to Cal Poly Pomona, first as a student and later a volunteer.

‘Best Colleges in America’

Cal Poly Pomona was recognized by Money Magazine as one of the “Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value 2022.” The university ranked No. 28 nationally based on quality, affordability, and alumni outcomes.

A Seat at the Table

On paper, Christina Gonzales’ father was a copper miner with an eighth-grade education. In reality, he was a progressive member of his community in southern New Mexico who knew the value of an education. Without college or even high school credentials, he had to work that much harder for his transformative accomplishments. Herminio “Chumino” Gonzales […]

New Rose Float Lab

Decade by decade, they were asked to stand and be acknowledged. Alumni and students spanning many of the 73 years of existence of the Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Float program gathered on May 7 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally introduce The Don Miller and Ron Simons Rose Float Lab on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.

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