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CSULB to Celebrate Largest Graduating Class in History

Published: May 15, 2009

Thousands of CSULB students are expected to participate in Commencement 2009, a collection of nine separate graduation ceremonies scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 27-29, at the Long Beach campus.

In all, university officials estimate that about 9,225 students will complete their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees by the end of the summer 2009 session, making it the largest graduating class in CSULB history.

“Graduation is clearly the highlight of the academic year at Cal State Long Beach as we celebrate the success and accomplishments of our students and the faculty and staff who helped them achieve their goals,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We’re extremely excited that this is the largest graduating class in our history, and we’re certain that our students are leaving us with the tools and capabilities they will need to succeed.”

Held in the campus’ Central Quadrangle, Commencement 2009 begins Wednesday, May 27, when the College of Health and Human Services graduates cross the dais in two different ceremonies — one at 9 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. College of Business Administration graduates will be recognized in a 5 p.m. ceremony.

On Thursday, May 28, the College of Liberal Arts will host two ceremonies for its graduates, the first beginning at 9 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. The College of Education, which includes the Liberal Studies Program, will close out the second-day festivities with a 5 p.m. ceremony for its graduates.

Finally, the College of the Arts will recognize its graduates in a 9 a.m. ceremony on Friday, May 29. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will follow at 1 p.m., and the College of Engineering will conclude the campus’ 2009 graduation festivities with its 5 p.m. ceremony.

After each ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception hosted by their college on the terrace level of the University Student Union. Refreshments and music are provided.

Free parking is available for commencement guests in lots 11, 12, 14, 16 and 17 at the north end of the campus. Courtesy shuttles will be available to transport guests to the Central Quad area.

Photo by Victoria Sanchez

Visitors may enter the campus from Atherton Street, Bellflower Boulevard or Seventh Street.
Before parking, drivers may drop off passengers at the west turnaround near Brotman Hall or the east turnaround by the CSULB Foundation Building. Parking for the disabled may be arranged by calling Parking Administration at 562/985-4146. Guests with other special needs should contact Disabled Student Services at 562/985-5401.

For more information on Commencement 2009, call the commencement coordinator for the desired college ceremony:

Arts: Jamie Wentz, 562/985-4364
Business Administration: Nelson Horn, 562/985-5307
Education (including Liberal Studies): Marvel Preece, 562/985-4513
Engineering: Kim Truesdelle, 562/985-8032
Health and Human Services: Sharon Cruz, 562/985-4691
Liberal Arts: Myriam Joseph, 562/985-5381
Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Margaret Karteron, 562/985-4265.

For general information about Commencement 2009, call Barbara Hall at 562/985-2351. More information can also be found on the Web site at