Karina | Cal Poly Senior | San Luis Obispo | Class of 2017

The month of December is the month of celebrations; Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Winter Solstice to name a few. BUT, it is also a time to celebrate Cal Poly seniors who graduate in the Fall. Approximately 900-1,000 graduates will receive diplomas and turn their tassels to the left while their families, faculty, administrators, and friends watch this accomplishment. 

Karina is one of those seniors graduating in December. I met her in 2013 as an excited Freshman (we called them FIRST year's at the university). To see her now as a senior photographer, it gives me such pride. Cal Poly is not an easy university to graduate. She was patient, persistent and practical while attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Liberal Arts. Congratulations Karina and to your family. I celebrate with you! 

Cal Poly Black Commencement | Special Events Photography | San Luis Obispo, CA

For the past 29 years, Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) has celebrated the graduating African American students by honoring them with a Black Commencement ceremony held on the Friday before the larger commencements. At Cal Poly, the African American student population has been less than 1% of the general student population (147 students of21,300 students according to the Cal Poly 2017 PolyView) for a few years now. The graduating committee worked really hard to make this event a success for this small and prestigious group. The theme for this graduating class was “Love, Integrity and Enlightenment.” The event started off with the Sitkoto Drummers. Their style of African drumming shaped how the rest of the commencement would be, soulful and lively. The keynote speaker was Bri Blue. Her keynote and take-aways for the graduating seniors was not just for the students, but for all who attended. One nugget of information that I will remember is “flowers wilt, be the tree” in all that you try to accomplish. The students are always so excited to receive their stoles made of kente cloth woven from Ghanaian craftsmen.The traditions of this commencement like many of the other cultural commencements (Chicana-Latino, Native American, Middle Eastern, Lavender and Asian Pacific Islander) are very heart felt and family focused. I look forward to next year’s festivities.

Natalie | College Senior Photography Session | San Luis Obispo, CA

I met Natalie as a first year Industrial Technology & Packaging major for the Orfalea College of Business (OCOB) at California Polytechnic State University. From the first time that I met her, I had a feeling that she would make an impact on the university before she graduated. I got to know her best in her second year. She was always calm, composed, answered questions carefully, but in depth and had an amazing smile. Natalie worked with OCOB staff to help launch the Multicultural Business Program , and served as a Peer Advisor for the College of Business for two years. Congratulations Natalie on your accomplishments. I am so proud of you!

Student Academic Services EOP Service Awards | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

It is an honor every year to photograph the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) Service Awards. There usually isn’t a dry eye in the house after these first generation, low-income graduating students offer their stories of adversity, strength and determination. They offer hope to the other students who are still trying to be successful at Cal Poly. The validate the difficult work that the staff do--working with these students to make sure that they are successful. The administration, faculty, staff and the students are present to cheer on each other and offer love and support as they leave for the workplace. Each graduating senior receives a gold EOP graduation stole that the students wear with pride. As one of the Advisors for these students, I was also fortunate enough to offer their graduation stoles to wear at commencement as seen in the last photo. Congratulations Seniors!

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Location: Advanced Technology Lab

Sponsor: EOP Program 

Sponsor: Student Academic Services Department  

 

Emily, Alpha Chi Omega | Renoda Campbell Photography Senior photographer | Cal Poly

I have known the beautiful Emily since her second year at Cal Poly. She is an amazing leader, has a vivacious personality and is a loyal friend.

 She has already received a GREAT job offer after college in the field that she wants!

We met while I was advisor for Sorority/Fraternity Life  at Cal Poly and she served on the Panhellenic Board. Serving as Panhellenic Advisor was one of my favorite positions at Cal Poly. I had the opportunity to work with young women who worked on improving their leadership and communication skills as well as collaborating with the male fraternities and multicultural greek organizations. It wasn’t easy all of the time, but she managed with grace and calmness. She took all of her positions to the highest degree of professionalism and fun.

Best of luck and love to Emily in all of her future endeavors, congratulations on your graduation and please keep in touch! <3

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 

Sorority Affiliation: Alpha Chi Omega National Offices

Sorority Affiliation: Alpha Chi Omega, San Luis Obispo

Black Student Union “Decades” Fashion Show | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

The Cal Poly Black Student Union team worked very hard to make their May 2016 fashion show a success. The theme was “Decades”. There was a combination of music videos and fashion for every era: African cultural attire, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and current/future fashion. As a San Luis Obispo Events photographer, it was a lot of fun to watch and photograph.

Urban Optics EyeWear donated frames for the various eras.

Once the fashion show ended, there was a performance by BSU dancers and students socialized, asked questions about the fashions and looked at the clothing up close.

All enjoyed the activities and the delicious desserts from SeaBreeze Cupcakes.

 

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Sponsor: Connections for Academic Success

Sponsor: MultiCultural Center 

Sponsor: Urban Optics

Desserts: SeaBreeze Cupcakes