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Commencement Doubles
  November 30, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

This is the first year two ceremonies are being held to accommodate the growing number of graduates and guests. The number of eligible graduates for this commencement has doubled since last year. "It is important to be able to recognize our increasing number of winter graduates," said Soraya Coley, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "The two ceremonies allow these larger groups of graduates the opportunity to have all their family and friends share in this important day."

Doors for the Humanities and Social Sciences ceremony will open at 12:15 p.m. with the procession beginning at 1 p.m. Doors for the ceremony for the remaining three schools will open at 5:15 p.m. with the procession beginning at 6 p.m. Graduates from the School of Business and Public Administration (87 bachelor's, 17 master's), School of Education (23 bachelor's and credentials, 94 master's), School of Humanities and Social Sciences (345 bachelor's, 17 master's) and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (49 bachelor's, five master's) will be honored during the two ceremonies.

Speaker for the third winter commencement is Sandra Serrano, chancellor of the Kern Community College District.

Serrano, now in her third year in that position, oversees taxpayer-supported college education as CEO of the largest geographic community college service area in California. Serrano served as president of Bakersfield College for six years. She has also served in several roles at CSUB including acting as assistant director of student affirmative action, director of student programs and director of student academic services. Her educational experience includes a variety of management and student service roles since 1980.

At the state and regional level, she is president elect of the Community College League of California Chief Executive Officers, member of California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Consultation Council, and member of the executive board of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium to encourage college attendance among citizens of California's San Joaquin Valley. Her community involvement includes seats on the board of directors of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the Kern High School District Board of Trustees, Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Women's Advisory Council of the Girl Scouts Joshua Tree Council, and president of the Kern County Hispanic Educators.

Serrano holds a bachelor's degree in political science from University of California, Berkeley, a law degree from UC Berkeley's Hastings College of Law, and was named an Education Policy Fellow by The Institute for Educational Leadership.

Those planning to attend winter commencement should enter the university on Roadrunner Drive off Camino Media on the south side of campus. Parking for guests is in Lot I, south of the Icardo Center and Lot E, south of the health center. Roadrunner Drive will be closed to through traffic for short periods of time at the Icardo Center from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Parking for disabled visitors is available at the northern edge of Lot I, marked by signs. A disabled drop-off point is also at Lot I's northern edge.