By Andres Torres
Cal Poly Pomona celebrated its third annual Homecoming on Saturday, diversifying the community and bridging the gap between new and old students.
“Homecoming is intended to bring together current students, former students and some future students as well,” said Byron Howlett, acting associate vice president and dean of students of the Division of Student Affairs.
With an average attendance of 5,000, CPP aims to diversify and increase the attendance of both alumni and students in the years to come. With the event lasting from 1 p.m. to midnight, parents, faculty and students were able enjoy daylong festivities.
One of many events was the parent and family barbeque.
“We had about 230 parents come to this event today,” said Melissa Riordan, the executive director alumni and external relations for the Division of University Advancement. “We’ve got about 500 alumni plus our alumni volunteers here, and then our students and our faculty so we have a very good, broad representation of our community.”
According to Riordan, who hosted the family barbeque, it provided alumni and family members with the opportunity to mingle with one another and with faculty members. At the barbeque, many attendees were able to speak with President Soraya Coley.
A large variety of colleges and departments contributed to the event. From petting zoos to club showcases, such as the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, each booth and department entertained the masses.
Booths ranging from Greek life to collegiate organizations provided information and various games that allowed CPP students and faculty alike to experience the CPP “learn by doing” motto firsthand.
Music was the centerpiece of the event. Students rallied for the headlining indie pop band The Drums with a surprise guest band Sad Girl.
“I think it’s the fundamental structure of Cal Poly Pomona. From the diversity of our students, faculty and staff [to] the ways in which we really connect with the community, and it’s really exciting,” said Coley.
One of the final festivities was an art gallery curated by the College of Environmental Design. CPP was able to premiere a gallery showcasing the talent of Michi and Walter Weglyn, who were able to grant attendees an interactive experience. The college was able to appeal to a mass that not only sought to express school spirit, but also indulge in the artistic nature of the festivities.
However, some felt that more could have been done to diversify the event.
“The diversity here today is somewhat limited,” said Joyce Brown (’76, behavioral science). “I think the percentage of African Americans that are here is small. I think we need to extend that to everyone so that [the event] is more inclusive.”
With the event constantly growing and expanding, Homecoming did its best to include past and present students of CPP. Through rewarding students with a firework “extravaganza” and an inclusive dance, the focus turned to present students with an opportunity to enjoy their time with fellow classmates and mark the end of another successful Homecoming.
Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post
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