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KCBX News Update: Cal Poly SLO to hold two commencement ceremonies this weekend, and 40 Prado opens warming center amid chance of rain

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Cal Poly SLO will hold two graduation ceremonies this weekend.

Cal Poly SLO to hold two graduation ceremonies this weekend

The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus will be busy this weekend.

The university is holding two graduation ceremonies: one for the fall class of 2021, and another for graduates of the class of 2020, whose in-person ceremony was postponed last year due to the pandemic.

The class of 2021’s commencement ceremony is on Saturday, while the class of 2020’s is on Sunday. Both ceremonies start at 10 a.m. on their respective days.

Both events will include a pinning ceremony and something the university is calling a “celebratory surprise.” The ceremonies will be live-streamed online with closed captioning for those unable to attend.

Cal Poly officials say they expect roughly 9,000 attendees Saturday and about 7,000 on Sunday.

California Boulevard will be closed to through traffic, and parking permits are not necessary on campus during commencement.

40 Prado to provide warming center due to chance of rain this weekend

40 Prado Homeless Services Centerin San Luis Obispo will provide a warming center amid a high chance of rain today and tomorrow.

According to the center, people can check in between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and the warming center is open until 6 a.m. the next day.

According to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO), which runs the facility, everyone who uses the warming center will be provided a rapid COVID-19 test before entry.

COVID-19 precautions like mask requirements and social distancing will also be in place within the facility.

Service animals are allowed inside, and kennels are provided for pets who are not registered as service animals.

40 Prado opens its warming center when the temperature reaches 38 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, or if the National Weather Service forecasts a 50 percent or greater chance of rain.

The facility is accepting donations for things like trash bags, tents, food, warm clothing and more. They are also seeking volunteers.

More information is at capslo.org.

Benjamin Purper was News Director of KCBX from May of 2021 to September of 2023. He came from California’s Inland Empire, where he spent three years as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KVCR in San Bernardino. Dozens of his stories have aired on KQED’s California Report, and his work has broadcast on NPR's news magazines, as well. In addition to radio, Ben has worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.
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