CSUB Set to Commence Nearly 2,500 Students in Class of 2016

California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) celebrates its 46th annual commencement in three ceremonies on June 7, 10, and 11. Students applying for graduation include 2,027 undergraduates and 460 master’s degree candidates from the University’s four schools, a 15% increase in the applications for graduation in 2015.

“The record number of graduates for 2016 reflects: 1) the continuing positive impacts of better academic preparation of high school students and community college transfers; and 2) the University’s increased focus on best practices that enhance the success of our students in earning their degrees. These factors are indications of the increasing level of educational attainment in our communities,” said CSUB President Horace Mitchell.

The University will hood master’s degree candidates during the Graduate and Hooding Ceremony on Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. in the Icardo Center. The evening’s keynote speaker will be CSUB alumna, Tara-Nicholle Nelson, J.D., former Vice President of Marketing at MyFitnessPal. Nelson’s marketing team took the company from 45 million to 100 million users and from securing an $18 million Series A round of funding to a $475 million acquisition by Under Armour.

The Schools of Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; and Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering will hold a joint ceremony on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7 a.m. in the CSUB Amphitheatre. Stephen Schilling, Chief Executive Officer of Clinica Sierra Vista, will deliver the the commencement address for the combined ceremony. Schilling also will be awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. Under his leadership, Clinica Sierra Vista has grown from a single storefront location to the fourth largest community health center in the nation, providing multi-specialty healthcare services to some 200,000 low- and moderate- income families annually. CSU Board of Trustees members Hugo Morales and Steven Stepanek will join CSUB President Horace Mitchell in awarding the honorary degree. Morales is Executive Director and co-founder of Radio Bilingüe and Stepanek is Chair of the CSU Northridge Department of Computer Science.

The School of Social Sciences and Education (SSE) will commence on Saturday, June 11, in the CSUB Amphitheatre at 7 a.m. The commencement address will be given by Kern County Superior

Court Judge Robert Tafoya. Prior to his 2002 appointment to the bench, he began his legal career with the Kern County Public Defender, went into private practice at Rawson and Tafoya; and 10 years later joined Chain, Younger, Cohn and Stiles.

“The CSUB faculty and staff are proud of the graduates and their accomplishments. We look forward to the contributions these graduates will make in the future of Bakersfield, the region, state, nation, and world,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jenny Zorn.

For Tuesday evening’s ceremony in the Icardo Center, parking will be available in Lots I and H. For Friday and Saturday’s ceremonies in the Amphitheatre, parking will be available in Lots A, K1, K2, and Lot D for those with disability needs. This year marks CSUB’s last commencement ceremony to take place in June, as the university makes the transition from the quarter to semester academic calendar in Fall 2016.

For more commencement information, please visit csub.edu/commencement. Media interested in covering the 2016 commencement ceremonies should contact Evelyn Young Spath, Interim Director of Public Affairs and Communications, at (661) 654-2241.

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