CSU Bakersfield set for 42nd commencement

Graduation 2012 with Dr. MitchellCalifornia State University, Bakersfield will graduate a record 2,116 students, eclipsing the 2,000 threshold for the first time in its 42 year history. Members of the class of 2012 will be recognized during three ceremonies next week.

For undergraduates, two ceremonies will be held: one for the School of Social Sciences and Education on Friday, June 15 and another for the schools of Arts and Humanities, Natural Science, Mathematics, and Engineering and Business and Public Administration on Saturday, June 16.

A graduate and hooding commencement in all schools will be held Tuesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. in the Icardo Center.

Of the 1,666 undergraduate students eligible to participate in the undergraduate ceremonies, 279 are from the School of Arts and Humanities, 379 are from the School of Business and Public Administration, 246 are from the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering, and 765 are from the School of Social Sciences and Education. A total of 447 graduate students are eligible to participate in the graduate and hooding commencement.

The commencement ceremonies are as follows:

Tuesday, June 12:
Graduate students from all schools will have a graduate and hooding commencement 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 15:
The School of Social Sciences and Education will hold its ceremony at 7 a.m. at the CSUB Amphitheatre
Commencement speaker: Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and CEO of The California Endowment
Dr. Robert Ross is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate, masters in Public Administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has an extensive background as a clinician and public health administrator and has held positions as the director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego; Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia; medical director for LINK School-Based Clinic Program in New Jersey; instructor of clinical medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University's School of Public Health.

Saturday, June 16:
The schools of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Administration, and Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering will hold their ceremony at 7 a.m. at the CSUB Amphitheatre.
Commencement speaker: Bruce Johnson, Vice President of Chevron's San Joaquin Valley Business Unit

Bruce A. Johnson is vice president, San Joaquin Valley Business Unit for Chevron North America Exploration & Production Company (CNAEP). Johnson is responsible for Chevron's oil and gas production in California. Johnson graduated from the university of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., with degrees in civil engineering and geology. He joined Texaco in 1979, and has held a number of engineering and management assignments with Texaco and Chevron in the U.S. and overseas.

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