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CSU Bakersfield set for 41st commencement

graduation 41stCalifornia State University, Bakersfield will celebrate its 41st commencement next week with nearly 2,000 members of the class of 2011 being recognized during three ceremonies. A graduate and hooding ceremony for graduate students in all schools will be held Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. in the Icardo Center.

For undergraduates, two ceremonies will be held: one for the schools of Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Business and Public Administration, on Friday, June 10 and another for the School of Social Sciences and Education on Saturday, June 11.

Of the 1,544 students eligible to participate in the spring undergraduate ceremonies, 290 are from the School of Business and Public Administration, 251 are from the School of Arts and Humanities, 765 are from the School of Social Sciences and Education, and 238 are from the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering. A total of 410 graduate students are eligible to participate in the graduate and hooding ceremony.

The commencement ceremonies are as follows:

Tuesday, June 7:
Graduate students from all schools will have a graduate and hooding ceremony at 6:00 p.m. in the Icardo Center. The hooding ceremony is for master's degree candidates during which a faculty member places the hood over the head of the graduate, signifying his or her success in completing the graduate program.
Commencement speaker: CSUB President Horace Mitchell
Dr. 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.

Friday, June 10:
The Schools of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Administration, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics will hold their ceremony at 7:00 a.m. at the CSUB Amphitheatre.
Commencement speaker: Dr. Ralph Lewin, President and CEO of California Council for the Humanities
Ralph Lewin serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Council for the Humanities, an organization devoted to connecting Californians to the power of ideas.
He is also a three time recipient of the international "Idea Prize" from the Koerber Foundation of Germany for his work to foster understanding among people through cultural programming. Mr. Lewin earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and another in Germanic Literature and Languages from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also studied for a year at Georg August University in Goettingen, Germany and a semester at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He received a master's degree from San Francisco State University in International Relations and was a guest scholar at the Institute for International Relations in Potsdam, Germany. Following his studies, Mr. Lewin lectured for a semester at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Saturday, June 11:
The School of Social Sciences and Education will hold its ceremony at 7:00 a.m. in the CSUB Amphitheatre.
Commencement speaker: Dr. Wendy Wayne, Consultant with San Joaquin Hospital
Wendy Wayne has had many careers including a teacher in the Peace Corps, a health educator, nurse practitioner and administrator of early childhood education programs. Wendy holds a BS in Zoology from UCLA, a Bachelor's degree in nursing from California State University, Bakersfield, a Master's in Public Health, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. In the last few years, Wendy has traveled to India, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and the Sudan to do volunteer work. Most recently she has enjoyed working with the Kern Medical Reserve Corps. She is currently a consultant to San Joaquin Community Hospital. Wendy is married to Gene Tackett, has two sons, two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.

Sunday, June 5
The university will also hold a reception for Antelope Valley graduates on Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. at the Hellenic Center in Lancaster.

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