Cal Poly graduation riddled with drunkenness and rule-breaking

Graduation festivities at Cal Poly last weekend did not go exactly as planned, with a pair of arrests for public intoxication and numerous complaints about how the event was organized and run.

This year, the university reduced the number of graduation ceremonies from three to two and pushed back the Sunday ceremony to 5 p.m. Administrators said they were trying to keep everyone out of the midday sun. [KSBY]

Saturday’s ceremony reportedly proceeded without significant problems. But, due in part to the later start time, many graduates showed up intoxicated to the Sunday ceremony.

Video shows one graduate passed out and being carried away on a stretcher. 

Additionally, capacity issues arose at the Sunday ceremony. The university limited each graduate to seven tickets for guests.

At least several people were caught entering the ceremony unauthorized. Some of the individuals without tickets took seats belonging to people who had tickets, university officials said

Other critiques of the event included that the late start time prevented some graduates from celebrating with their family after the event. Also, some graduates were said to be cutting lines to receive their diplomas.