More than 9,000 students will have completed their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) by the end of the summer 2010 session.
The 2010 graduating class is the largest in the university’s history with students earning 9,070 degrees. This year, CSULB will confer 220 more bachelor’s degrees and 20 more master’s degrees than last year.
“Clearly, graduation is 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 have helped them achieve their goals,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “As we conclude the celebration of the campus’ 60-year anniversary, we are mindful of the nearly 250,000 students who have graduated from this institution. We also congratulate this year’s graduates those and are certain that they are leaving us with the tools and capabilities they will need to succeed.”
Out of the CSULB bachelors’ and master’s degrees awarded, 790 were earned from the College of the Arts; 1,510 from College of Business Administration; 670 from the College of Education; 660 from the College of Engineering; 2,390 from the College of Health and Human Services; 2,600 from the College of Liberal Arts; and 450 from College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
CSULB also takes pride in increasing the number of its graduates from California’s underserved communities. The bachelor’s and master’s degree students graduating this spring include 510 African Americans, 1,840 Asian Americans, 3,140 Caucasian Americans, 1,850 Hispanic Americans and 220 Native Americans. Nine-hundred forty are of undetermined ethnicity. An additional 390 are non-U.S./visa students.
Also graduated the first recipients of CSULB’s independently awarded doctor of education degree (Ed.D.). This first cohort of doctoral candidates began their work toward the degree in fall 2007.
The California State University (CSU) system developed the doctoral education programs in response to the state’s need for well-prepared administrators to lead public schools and community colleges. In 2005, the state supported the CSU’s request to offer graduate level instruction leading to the doctor of education degree (Ed.D.) and Senate Bill 724 was enacted, granting the CSU for the first time independent authority to offer doctorate degree programs.