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2017 Convocation Highlights

Published: September 5, 2017

CSULB’s 2017 Convocation event in August highlighted institutional achievements and outlined initiatives for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year and beyond. At the event held in the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, President Jane Close Conoley and Provost Brian Jersky addressed the campus community and guests. There were also remarks from Academic Senate Chair Norbert Schürer and Associated Students’ President Joseph Nino.

“I am very optimistic about the future of our university,” said Conoley during her remarks to the audience. “We face today some looming challenges, but we have faced looming challenges every year for the past 67 years or so I imagine. And as the old song celebrates, we’re still here, and here in great style.

“In addition to a history of success,” she added, “my optimism is based on the conviction that we can continue to build on our commitments to student success, embrace challenges with innovative and entrepreneurial strategies and maintain and improve our position as one of the nation’s great comprehensive universities. We have shown the persistence and dedication to get hard things done.”

In addition, School of Art professor Aubry Mintz introduced a screening of an animated short film titled “Ugat” by Theresa Reyes, a recent CSULB graduate who now works at Disney’s Pixar.

Cal State Long Beach continues to be an attractive option for incoming students. The campus had 103,605 student applications for Fall 2017, the most in the university’s history.

The projected enrollment for this fall is approximately 37,000, with new freshmen numbering nearly 4,200 and a transfer enrollment of 3,850, similar to last year. Among the new students will be 32 President’s Scholars. President’s Scholars are selected from throughout the state because of their high-level of achievements, to learn more about the program, click here.

Classes for the fall semester at the university began on Monday, Aug. 28.

Jane Close Conoley
PHOTO BY SEAN DUFRENE
President Jane Close Conoley speaks at the 2017 Convocation.

• To access the 2017 Convocation website, which includes the text of President Conoley’s remarks, click here.

–Shayne Schroeder