|June 3, 2005
Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or
California State University, Bakersfield will celebrate its 35th commencement Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, with more than 1,300 members of the class of 2005 being recognized at four ceremonies. This also marks the first spring commencement for CSUB President Horace Mitchell.
The prospective graduates will don their caps and gowns to participate in the ceremony, which culminates their education. Of the 1,373 people eligible to participate in the spring ceremonies, 789 are from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 214 from the School of Business and Public Administration, 213 from the School of Education, and 152 from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Last year, CSUB graduated 1,494 students. The number of students actually awarded degrees is usually somewhat less than the number eligible to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Officials expect that of those eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies this spring, about 1,000 will receive degrees when record verification is complete sometime in August.
In addition to Mitchell presiding over CSUB’s four commencement ceremonies, he is also the commencement speaker for one of them. The commencement ceremonies are as follows:
- The School of Education holds the first of the commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in the Icardo Center.
- The School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ ceremony begins Saturday, June 11, at 7:15 a.m. in the Amphitheater.
- The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics ceremony follows on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Icardo Center.
- The School of Business and Public Administration’s ceremony will be Saturday at 5:45 p.m. in the Icardo Center.
The university will also host a reception for Antelope Valley graduates on Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. in the Essex House in Lancaster.
Each school recognizes honor graduates at separate events prior to commencement.
- The School of Education hosts its honors brunch Friday, June 3, at 6 p.m. in the Runner Café.
- The School of Humanities and Social Sciences honors its graduates Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m. in the Runner Café.
- The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosts its brunch Sunday, June 5, at 10 a.m. in the Stockdale Room of the Runner Café.
The School of Business and Public Administration held its honors dinner May 13.
Commencement speakers this year are as follows:
- School of Education, Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of public instruction.
- School of Humanities and Social Sciences, CSUB President Horace Mitchell.
- School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dr. Hans E. Einstein, retired medical director, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.
- School of Business and Public Administration, Joseph Macllvaine, president, Paramount Farming Company.
Speakers’ biographical sketches
- Einstein is a prominent Bakersfield physician and has had a long association with CSUB since its opening in 1970. As a world authority on Valley Fever, he was instrumental in organizing a concentrated effort by five research institutions to develop a vaccine against Valley Fever. CSUB is the lead administrative institution in this effort. He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in South Carolina and attended medical school at New York Medical College. After serving in the U.S. Army as a medical officer, and finishing his internship and residency in internal medicine, he came to Kern County General Hospital in 1951 as a resident in internal medicine. Since then he has held numerous appointments at hospitals throughout southern California. He also served for 24 years as a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He has received a number of honors recognizing his many contributions including Man of the Year by the California Chapter of the American College of Chest Physicians in 1978, and Physician of the Year by the Trudeau Society of Los Angeles in 1988.
- Macllvaine has been president of Paramount Farming Co. since May 1987. He is responsible for general management of the company’s operations, including the management of 120,000 acres of agricultural properties. The company’s primary crops are almonds, pistachios and pomegranates. In each of these products Paramount is the largest grower in the country. Prior to his employment at Paramount, Macllvaine was general manager of Tejon Farming Co., part of Tejon Ranch. He is president of two water districts, and has been at various times treasurer and director of Western Grower’s Association, chairman of the Almond Board of California, vice chair of the California Pistachio Commission, and president of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield. He is active in a number of community organizations. His education includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, master of business administration from UCLA, and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Mitchell became the fourth president of CSUB in July 2004 after 36 years of experience in higher education. Mitchell came to his current position from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as vice chancellor for business and administrative services, and professor of African American Studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in counseling, and a doctorate in counseling psychology, all from Washington University in St. Louis. He continues to teach one course each year, and maintains his California license for private practice as a psychologist.
- O’Connell was elected California’s 26th state superintendent of public instruction in 2002. Before that he served for two decades in the California Legislature representing the Central Coast. Among O’Connell’s priorities as state superintendent are reducing the bureaucratic burden placed by state government on school districts and creating a clearer, communications tools to parents, strengthening California’s assessment system and bolstering support for the state’s classrooms. He received his bachelor’s in history from CSU Fullerton and earned his secondary teaching credential from CSU Long Beach.