Campus: CSU Channel Islands -- May 16, 2003

California State University Channel Islands to Hold Historic Inaugural Commencement

California State University Channel Islands will once again make history when the first public, four-year university in Ventura County holds its inaugural commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 23. Speaking during this historic event will be Debra S. Farar, chair of the California State University Board of Trustees. Cal State Channel Islands is the only public, four-year university to open nationally in 2002, admitting its first students last fall.

"This commencement is truly an inspiring benchmark for the University," said Richard R. Rush, University president. "This event marks the end of a year of tremendous growth and achievement for Cal State Channel Islands. It also joyfully throws the spotlight on the first of many students who wanted to, and finally could, earn a degree from their local University."
The first three students to graduate with degrees from Cal State Channel Islands as well as the first 16 to graduate from the university's teaching credential program will be recognized in an outdoor ceremony at the newest CSU campus. They will join with more than 800 graduating students who have completed their studies through CSUN at the Cal State Channel Islands campus. More than 400 of that group have signaled their intent to participate in the commencement ceremony.

*Media who plan to cover commencement should RSVP to 437-8947 to receive a media parking pass.

Media Contact: Peggy Hinz, Director of Communications and Marketing
805-437-8947


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