|November 30, 2004
Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or
One-hundred-nineteen students will participate in California State University, Bakersfield’s first winter commencement Friday evening (Dec. 3) in the Icardo Center on the CSUB campus.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the procession beginning at 5:45 p.m. Degree recipients from the School of Business and Public Administration (seven bachelor’s, eight master’s), School of Education (five bachelor’s, 14 master’s, 12 credential candidates), School of Humanities and Social Sciences (67 bachelor’s, one master’s) and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (four bachelor’s) will be honored during the ceremony.
Winter commencement was initiated because the June ceremonies had become increasingly large due to the growing number of graduates, said James George, CSUB provost and vice president for academic affairs. In June, more than 2,000 students participated in commencement, the largest commencement ceremony in CSUB’s history. “Commencement is a special time for not only the graduates but also family and friends,” he said. “We didn’t want to restrict access to these important ceremonies, so we added a winter commencement.”
George said the addition of a winter commencement is a good indication of the health and vitality of the university. “The university has experienced significant growth the past two years in spite of budget problems, not only in enrollment numbers but also academic achievement and program development.”
Homer Montalvo, CSUB registrar, added that the additional commencement also accommodates people who might not be available in the spring. “We’ve had requests before from people leaving the area before the spring commencement, people who wouldn’t be around or couldn’t make it back for commencement. We’re trying to make graduation more convenient for people. We’re trying to accommodate as many people as we can.”
Speaker for the first winter commencement is CSUB’s new president, Horace Mitchell. Mitchell began at CSUB in July after serving as vice chancellor for business and administrative services at the University of California, Berkeley since 1995. From 1978 to 1995 he was the vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life at UC Irvine, where he also served as the associate dean for student and curricular affairs in the College of Medicine. At UC Irvine, he also served as an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior and as the special assistant to the vice chancellor of student affairs. At Washington University in St. Louis, where he served from 1968 to 1978, he was the chair of the Black Studies Program, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and assistant professor of education and black studies. His degrees are all from Washington University. His bachelor's degree is in psychology, his master's is in counseling, and his doctorate is in counseling psychology.
Those planning to attend winter commencement should enter the university on Roadrunner Drive off of Camino Media on the south side of campus. Parking is in Lot I, south of the Icardo Center, and Lot E.
A reception with light refreshments will follow the ceremony.