The Year in Photos

Twenty images that sum up 2022.

By Gabby Ferreira // Photos by Joe Johnston and Dylan Head

What’s in a year? At the end of 2022, we reflected on how the Cal Poly community came together to study, research, build and have fun throughout the year — the first somewhat normal year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Design Village returned to Poly Canyon for the first time since 2019. Summer undergraduate research projects resumed in full swing. Families packed campus for Open House, and incoming and transfer students found joy and community during the Week of Welcome. We selected our top five photos, but stay tuned till the end for a gallery of the runner-ups.

Dancers and singers dressed in white rehears on a wooden stage

A scene from a rehearsal for Cal Poly Choirs’ winter concert, which involved students from the Theatre and Dance departments along with students from the Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program.


Four students examine hardware on a wooden pier near the smoke stacks of an old power plant in Morro Bay

Engineering students crouch on the Coast Guard Pier in Morro Bay. The students worked with civil engineering professor Stefan Talke to develop low-cost wave and tide sensors as part of a summer undergraduate research program.


Students celebrate in green caps and gowns at Cal Poly commencement while green and gold streamers fly overhead

Green and gold streamers rain down around recent graduates during the spring commencement ceremony.


Three students work on a wooden Hoberman's Sphere on a grassy hillside beneath blue sky and clouds

Architecture students set up a structure in Poly Canyon during the first Design Village event since 2019.


Students sort green grapes on a metal table

Wine and viticulture students process grapes harvested from Cal Poly’s Trestle Vineyard in the brand-new JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture.

Use the arrows to scroll left and right through a gallery of more striking images from the past year.