CSUB honors graduates at upcoming winter commencement

November 21, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
Honoring Graduates Photo

California State University, Bakersfield will celebrate its fifth winter commencement in two separate ceremonies on Monday, Dec. 1, in the Icardo Center on campus. Nearly 900 students are eligible to participate.

Procession for the Humanities and Social Sciences school will start at 9:50 a.m. Doors for the ceremony for the remaining three schools will open about 1:15 p.m. and the processional will start at 2 p.m.

Degree recipients from the School of Business and Public Administration (114 bachelor's, 35 master's), School of Education (42 bachelor's, 56 master's, which may include a number of the 241 teacher credential awardees), School of Humanities and Social Sciences (307 bachelor's, 15 master's) and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (61 bachelor's, 14 master's) will be honored during the two ceremonies.

Speaker for this fifth winter commencement is CSUB President Horace Mitchell.

Mitchell became the fourth president of CSUB in July 2004 after 36 years of experience in higher education. Under Mitchell's leadership, the university has continued a period of rapid development, with a vision to extend the excellence and diversity of the faculty and academic programs, enhance the quality of the student experience and strengthen community engagement.

Mitchell came to his current position from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as vice chancellor, business and administrative services and affiliated professor of African American studies.

Mitchell holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, a master of arts in education, and doctorate in counseling psychology, all from Washington University in St. Louis. He began his professional career at his alma mater in 1968, serving as assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, assistant professor of education and black studies and chair of the black studies program.

Mitchell then spent 17 years at University of California, Irvine, serving in several faculty and management positions. He was associate dean for student and curricular affairs in the UCI College of Medicine from 1980-1984. During his last 11 years at UCI, he was vice chancellor-student affairs and campus life, and associate clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior.

Mitchell, also a psychology professor at CSUB, has teaching and research interests in the areas of identity construction, multicultural psychology, and psychological assessment. He continues to teach each year and he maintains his California license for private practice as a psychologist.

He is a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Education and a commissioner of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He has been recognized widely for his many years of community service by civic, non-profit, governmental, educational and professional organizations. Currently he serves on the board of directors of the Kern Economic Development Corporation and the governing board of the United Way of Kern County.

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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

For more information, log onto www.csub.edu/commencement/.