City, bars, Cal Poly reach agreement on Graduation Day drinking

May 14, 2014

Cal Poly Student Affairs, the Mayor of San Luis Obispo, the Downtown Association, and local bar owners have all come to an agreement regarding the opening hours for local watering holes the mornings of graduation—they'll remain at 6 a.m.

Dominic Tartaglia, executive director of the Downtown Association, says the situation will be used as a way to educate students on responsible drinking. Cal Poly plans to roll out that campaign over the next few weeks.

"ASI student leaders requested that bars continue opening at 6 a.m. on Graduation Day, since students are adults and must take responsibility for their own behavior," a statement issued by the various parties stated. 

The school had contacted Mayor Jan Marx asking if it would be possible for bars to open later than 6:00 a.m., in an effort to keep some graduates from getting too drunk to make it through the official ceremonies.

Cal Poly graduation is set for June 14 and 15.