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CSU Campuses Celebrate Graduates of 2009

By Teresa Ruiz
May 29, 2009

CSU Graduates celebrate accross the system.
California State University campuses
will graduate an estimated 94,400
students this year.

An estimated 94,400 students will graduate from the California State University this year, making the class of 2009 CSU’s largest class to date. Families and friends continue to gather across the state to take part in graduation ceremonies at CSU’s 23 campuses. Take a look at how the campuses and their graduates are celebrating this spring:

CSU Bakersfield: CSUSB will hold its 39th commencement ceremonies on June 10, 12 and 13.

CSU Channel Islands: Channel Islands marked its seventh commencement on May 16 with more than 630 CSUCI grads participating. Keynote remarks were made by CSU Trustees A. Robert Linscheid and Lou Monville, as well as University President Richard R. Rush.

CSU Chico: Chico’s 119th commencement featured two ceremonies on May 23 and 24. Approximately 2,800 students received their degrees. Many of the graduates had the unique opportunity to hear keynote speaker Sheikha (Princess) Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi - the Chico State alumna and Nobel Peace Prize nominee that has been listed as one of Forbes 100 most influential women and as one of the Wall Street Journal’s 50 international women to watch.

CSU Dominguez Hills: The graduate and undergraduate classes each had their own ceremony on May 21 and 22, respectively. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis provided the keynote address at the undergraduate ceremony and Los Angeles Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt was the keynote speaker at the graduate ceremony. 

Cal State East Bay: Ceremonies for Cal State East Bay will be held June 12-14. The author of the best-selling novel “The Kite Runner” Khaled Hosseini, Internet pioneer and Chairman of Jupiter Networks Scott Kriens, and Contra Costa County businessman and philanthropist Leo Fontana will all receive honorary doctoral degrees at this year's commencement.

Fresno State: The university’s 98th commencement ceremony took place May 23. This year Fresno State honored 12 central San Joaquin Valley teachers who are the nation’s first group of graduates in the Master of Arts Teaching American History program.

Cal State Fullerton: CSUF Graduates walked on May 23-24. Among those students was Carmen J. Cortez who earned her bachelor’s degree in biological science, and received a $101,500 award from the National Science Foundation to conduct scientific research.

Humboldt State: Humboldt State University alumnus Dan Curry (’79), a seven-time Emmy-award winning visual effects wizard for Star Trek: the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise, keynoted Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16.

Cal State Long Beach: Thousands of students are expected to participate in CSULB’s nine separate graduation ceremonies held May 27- 29.

Cal State L.A.: CSULA will hold its 61st commencement ceremonies June 12-13. Boeing’s CFO James A. Bell and Cambridge College President Tito Guerrero, III will provide the keynote addresses this year.

Cal Maritime: Commencement ceremonies were held May 2 for Cal Maritime.

CSU Monterey Bay: The university’s ceremonies took place May 16. With more than 880 students receiving bachelor's and master's degrees, and about 100 earning teaching credentials, it was the largest graduating class in school history.

Cal State Northridge: A record 10,110 students were invited to walk across the stage at Cal State Northridge on May 19-21.  Among the university's graduates was 82-year-old Huntington Beach resident Frank Carr who earned his B.S. in Business Administration.

Cal Poly Pomona: Cal Poly Pomona's 53rd Annual Commencement Ceremonies will occur on the weekend of June 12 -14.

Sacramento State: Eleven audio slide shows are available of select Sacramento State graduates who took the stage on May 22 and 23 for the university’s commencement ceremonies. The slide shows tell the stories of Sac State graduates like 92 year-old Estelle Rees Arroyo, who achieved a milestone when she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History at commencement ceremonies this year.

Cal State San Bernardino: Commencement ceremonies will take place June 20 and June 21. Nicholas Coussoulis, chairman of Coussoulis Development in San Bernardino, and Ernest Siva, respected elder of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, will receive honorary doctorate degrees at the June commencement ceremonies.

San Diego State: Nearly 10,000 students took part in San Diego State’s commencement festivities May 21- 24. New SDSU grads and alumni are taking volunteering to new level with approximately 39 Aztecs applying to the Peace Corps this year. Since 1961 approximately 1,048 alums have served in the Peace Corps, making SDSU the 24th top university and college producer of Peace Corps volunteers in the nation and ranking second among all CSU campuses.

San Francisco State: At San Francisco State’s 108th commencement on May 23, more than 8,000 graduates were urged to work for equity and social justice and to continue to level the playing field by civil rights champion Morris Dees and baseball legend Willie Mays Jr. Laughter was provided by critically acclaimed actor Jeffrey Tambor.

San Jose State: Approximately 6,000 candidates were eligible to participate in San Jose State’s commencement on May 23. U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren was San José State's 2009 commencement speaker.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Cal Poly students are set to graduate in eight separate ceremonies June 13-14.

Cal State San Marcos: At its May 16 commencement ceremonies, approximately 1,800 graduates participated in the two ceremonies, including the first cohort of nursing graduates who earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

Sonoma State: On May 23 Sonoma State University awarded diplomas to the largest graduating class in its history – 2,242 students - at its 48th annual commencement ceremonies. The keynote speaker was Henry Rollins, a Grammy-winning musician, activist, spoken-word artist and former lead of punk band Black Flag.

CSU Stanislaus: Commencement ceremonies will take place the weekend of June 5 and 6 at Stanislaus.

CSU enrollment continues to grow each year, with more than 437,000 students as of fall 2008. As the largest and most diverse university system in the nation, the CSU produces graduates that impact the state, country and world.