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Record Number of Degrees to Be Conferred At 10 CSULB Commencement Ceremonies

Published: May 15, 2015

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CSULB will confer a school-record of nearly 10,000 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees for the 2014-15 academic year, and many of those earning degrees are expected to walk across the stage at Commencement 2015, a collection of 10 graduation ceremonies at the Long Beach campus scheduled for Tuesday-Friday, May 19-22.

In addition to participating students, upwards of 70,000 family members and friends are expected to visit the university over the four-day period to hear their graduate’s name and watch them walk across the dais.

“Commencement is the highlight of the academic year as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students, so I am truly looking forward to my first commencement at CSULB,” said President Jane Close Conoley. “Thanks to their hard work, and the support of family, friends, faculty and staff, the Class of 2015 goes into the world ready to succeed. I can’t wait to shake the hand of each one of our graduates and encourage them to stay connected and get involved. Our alumni contribute enormously to the strength and vitality of The Beach.”

Held in the campus’ Central Quadrangle, Commencement 2015 begins Tuesday, May 19, with graduates from the College of Engineering being recognized beginning at 9 a.m. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and the College of Education at 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 20, the College of Liberal Arts will host three ceremonies for its graduates—the first beginning at 9 a.m., followed by the second at 1 p.m. and the third at 5 p.m.

Two more ceremonies are set for Thursday, May 21, featuring graduates from the College of the Arts at 9 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. ceremony for those students earning degrees from the College of Business Administration.

On the final day, Friday, May 22, the College of the Health and Human Services will recognize its graduates in ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

During each of the ceremonies, President Conoley will speak as will each of the college’s respective deans. In addition, each college’s distinguished alumni will be recognized.

Speaking at the College of the Arts’ graduation ceremonies will be its distinguished alumna Alexandra Billings, an award-winning actress who co-stars as “Davina” in the Golden Globe-winning television series Transparent and who earned her master of fine arts degree from CSULB in 2013. Billings, who also serves as an assistant professor in the Theatre Arts Department, will speak at the college’s 9 a.m. ceremony on May 21.

Because of the large number of graduates at the largest ceremonies—Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts, Arts and Business—every person attending those ceremonies will need a complimentary ticket, including children. The ceremonies will also be available to be viewed at nearby live-streaming rooms which will not require tickets and are open to everyone. Banners will display designated live-streaming room locations the day of the ceremony. In addition, those unable to attend, but interested in viewing the ceremonies can do so via a live webstream.

After each ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to attend a one-hour reception hosted by their respective colleges on the terrace level of the University Student Union. Refreshments and music will be provided.

Free parking is available for commencement guests in lots 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 20 at the north end of the campus as well as Parking Structures I, II or III. Courtesy shuttles will be available to transport guests to the Central Quad area. For campus map click here.

Visitors may enter the campus from Atherton Street, Bellflower Boulevard or 7th 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 individual commencement ceremonies, call the commencement coordinator for the desired college ceremony: Arts—Bethany Price, 562/985-4364; Business Administration—Margaret Williams, 562/985-5307; Education and Liberal Studies—Kristina Hancock, 562/985-2330; Engineering—Kim Truesdelle, 562/985-8032; Health and Human Services—Sharon Cruz, 562/985-4691; Liberal Arts—Valerie Christian, 562/985-5384; and Natural Sciences and Mathematics—Lane Olsen-Cooper, 562/985-1521.

For general information about Commencement 2015, visit the CSULB Commencement website or call Lori Vidal in the CSULB Academic Events Office at 562/985-2351.

–Shayne Schroeder