President's Monthly Campus Update

December Commencement
Earlier this month we recognized the completion of years of study for almost 1,000 students in our fifth annual December commencement ceremonies. As I have expressed on numerous occasions, “a dream deferred is a dream denied.” The December ceremonies allow students, their families, and the campus community to celebrate our students’ accomplishments when degrees are earned as opposed to waiting until the Spring ceremonies. We were honored to award more than 520 bachelor’s degrees, 120 master’s degrees, and 120 teaching credentials.

I was pleased to serve as commencement speaker for the December ceremonies. While many of our graduates will enter a workforce facing tough economic challenges, their CSUB education equips them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to allow them to enter their chosen professions competitively. Many other graduates will pursue advanced degrees in their desired areas of study. Whatever paths they take, our graduates, regardless of background and pedigree, have the ability to accomplish bold goals and dreams, forging ahead with the support, belief, and encouragement of their families and CSUB faculty, administrators, and staff. Congratulations to our graduates.

Holiday Wishes
As we prepare for Winter break, I want to take this time to thank each of you for your contributions to the success of our university. Standing together, we achieved many successes this year in the face of difficult challenges. Our shared commitment to the university and to the success of our students strengthens our resolve to plan strategically and manage prudently as we move forward to realize our vision of excellence. Each of you contributes uniquely to this vision.

First Lady Barbara Mitchell and I wish you and yours healthy, happy holidays and a prosperous New Year. Enjoy the company of family and friends over the Winter break. We look forward to the beginning of a new year and academic term on January 5, 2009.

University Council
The first University Council meeting of the academic year is scheduled for January 16, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

I look forward to seeing you in 2009.