Winter Commencement Scheduled

November 16, 2007
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California State University, Bakersfield will celebrate its fourth winter commencement in two separate ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 30, in the Icardo Center on campus. Nearly 1,200 students are eligible to participate.

"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."

Procession for the Humanities and Social Sciences school will start at 9:40 a.m. Doors for the ceremony for the remaining three schools will open at 1:15 p.m. and the processional will start at 2 p.m.

Degree recipients from the School of Business and Public Administration (102 bachelor's, 22 master's), School of Education (26 bachelor's, 89 master's, which may include a number of the 521 teacher credential awardees), School of Humanities and Social Sciences (363 bachelor's, 15 master's) and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (46 bachelor's, 9 master's) will be honored during the two ceremonies.

Speaker for this fourth winter commencement is William Andrews, president of Bakersfield College.

Andrews assumed his role at BC in April 2005. BC, one of the oldest community colleges in the nation, prepares students for transfer to senior institutions of higher education. It has been his intent to build on this tradition in order to meet the needs of the second fastest growing metropolitan area in California. Andrews recently announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2008 academic year.

He began his career with the California community colleges in 1990. Andrews assumed the position of director of planning, research and development with the South Orange Community College District. From 1995-1998 he served as the vice president of Instruction at Saddleback College in the South Orange County Community College District. He next served as the vice president of Academic Affairs with the Riverside Community College District from 1998-2000.Andrews was selected as the president of Porterville College in 2000.

Andrews earned his associate's degree in liberal arts from Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in English/teaching, from the University of Northern Iowa, followed by a master's degree in library science and a master's in education degree in educational media from the same institution. He completed his doctoral work in higher education administration and management at New Mexico State University.

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 Student Health Center. Roadrunner Drive will be closed to through traffic for short periods of time at the Icardo Center from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 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.

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