CSUB Campus Community Reaches Agreement on Commencement Plan

Following extensive consultation among faculty and student leaders, deans, and members of the administration, the California State University, Bakersfield community has jointly decided on a plan for the 2017 Undergraduate Commencement.

The plan calls for CSUB to hold two commencement ceremonies for undergraduates on Friday, May 19, at the Main Soccer Field on campus:

  • A ceremony for graduates in the Schools of Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; and Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering will start at 7 a.m.  A total of 913 students have registered to participate in this ceremony.
  • A ceremony for graduates in the School of Social Sciences and Education will begin at noon.  A total of 619 students have registered to participate in this ceremony.

The concept of requiring tickets to attend the ceremonies has been reconsidered, and no tickets will be necessary for either commencement ceremony.  Guests who prefer indoor seating may view the ceremony on a large video board in the Icardo Center.  The video board will show each student while they are on stage and contain graphics with the students’ names and majors.

A reception will be held at the Student Recreation Center immediately following each ceremony to allow graduates and guests the opportunity to interact and take photos with President Horace Mitchell, administrators, faculty, classmates, and families.

Statements from campus community leaders:

“I’m pleased that we have consensus on how our graduations ought to move forward, and we will now be able to achieve the celebration of graduation that we envisioned,” CSUB President Mitchell said.

“This is one of the most important days in the lives of our students and their families,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jenny Zorn.  “We recognize that importance and are very pleased with how all of this has turned out.”

“We really appreciate President Mitchell’s willingness to adjust the plans,” said Deborah Boschini, associate professor of nursing and Academic Senate Chair. “The commencement ceremonies that honor our graduates should be accessible and inclusive.  The faculty is really excited about the number of family and friends that will be celebrating with us on May 19, and we are glad that our university found a better way to accommodate all of our graduates and their guests this year.  Graduation means so much to our students – many are the first in their families to complete a college degree.  It’s profoundly meaningful for our graduates to have their loved ones cheering for them at commencement, and I’m glad our students won’t have to choose between family members to attend their ceremony.  Having two ceremonies is the best solution.”

Alex Dominguez, president of the Associated Students, Inc., said, “I stand behind the new changes to commencement. The two-ceremony option avoids the need for tickets and limiting our students' guests. I am thankful to the CSUB Academic Senate for their support and President Horace Mitchell for his speedy response to the students' concerns.”

“I was very happy to see how faculty, staff, students, and administration came together quickly and thoughtfully to find a solution that will create a great celebration for our students,” said Steve Bacon, dean of Social Sciences and Education.

Further information on items such as parking and transportation for the Undergraduate Ceremonies will be provided early next week.

CSUB’s Graduate and Hooding Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, at the Icardo Center.  A total of 316 students are registered for the ceremony.

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