May 26, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, email@example.com
California State University, Bakersfield will celebrate its 36th commencement Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, with nearly 1,200 members of the class of 2006 being recognized at four ceremonies.
The prospective graduates will don their caps and gowns to participate in the ceremony, which culminates their education. Of the 1,198 people eligible to participate in the spring ceremonies, 682 are from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 188 from the School of Business and Public Administration, 163 from the School of Education, and 164 from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. One person is graduating with a master's in interdisciplinary studies.
During winter commencement in December 2005, 259 students received their diplomas, bringing the total for the 2005-06 academic year to 1,457. Last year, CSUB graduated 1,373 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.
The commencement ceremonies are as follows:
- The School of Education holds the first of the commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in the Icardo Center.
- The School of Humanities and Social Sciences' ceremony begins Saturday, June 10, 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 4, 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 dinner Friday, June 2, at 6 p.m. in the Runner Café.
- The School of Humanities and Social Sciences honors its graduates Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. in the Runner Café.
- The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosts its brunch Sunday, June 4, at 10 a.m. in the Stockdale Room of the Runner Café.
The School of Business and Public Administration held its honors dinner May 19.
Commencement speakers this year are as follows:
- School of Education, Christine Frazier, associate superintendent for the Kern County superintendent of schools.
- School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tara-Nicholle Nelson, real estate broker, attorney and author.
- School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, David Gross, Nobel Prize winning physicist and the Frederick W. Gluck professor of Theoretical Physics and the director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
- School of Business and Public Administration, Raymond Bishop, director of Kern County Airports.