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Celebrate Cal Poly Founders Day with Alumni

Cal Poly alumni smiling for the camera.

On March 8, 1901, Governor Henry Gage signed legislation establishing Cal Poly. This exciting announcement came after a group of local citizens led by journalist Myron Angel had been lobbying for a state school in San Luis Obispo since 1894.

Photo of the first three Cal Poly campus buildings.
The first three buildings at the California Polytechnic School in 1906, designed by architect William Weeks.

To commemorate this special day in Cal Poly's history, alumni communities and networks are hosting gatherings across the US on March 8, 2024. Join us to network with fellow alumni in your area, meet alumni volunteer leaders and show your Cal Poly pride!

See below for the available events organized by volunteers in the community. 

Don't see your community on the list? Kick off the new year by getting involved with Cal Poly alumni! We are always looking for enthusiastic alums to volunteer their time hosting events, supporting their community and sharing their Cal Poly pride. 

Founders day Events


Austin, TX Community

Boston, MA Community

Denver, CO Community

East Bay Community (Alameda, CA)

Fresno, CA Community

Los Angeles Community (El Segundo, CA)

Los Angeles Community (Pasadena, CA)

Minneapolis, MN

Modesto Community (Turlock, CA)

Nashville, TN

North Bay Community (Healdsburg, CA)

Orange County Community (Huntington Beach, CA)

San Diego Community (Coronado, CA)

San Francisco, CA Community

San Jose, CA Community

San Luis Obispo, CA Community

Seattle, WA Community

Washington D.C. Community