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CSU Bakersfield set for 44th commencement

More than 2,000 students to graduate in 3 ceremonies

California State University, Bakersfield will award degrees to 1,676 undergraduate and 398 master's candidates in three ceremonies during its 44th annual commencement exercises on June 10, June 13, and June 14.

The university will hood master's degree candidates and introduce the first graduates of the collaborative Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership with Fresno State at the graduate and hooding ceremony Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Icardo Center. The Schools of Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; and Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering will hold a joint ceremony on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. in the Amphitheatre. The School of Social Sciences and Education will hold its ceremony on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. in the Amphitheatre.

CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell will give the keynote address to the graduate candidates at the June 10 ceremony. Dr. Mitchell became the fourth president of CSUB in July 2004 after 36 years of experience in higher education. Under his leadership, CSUB has expanded its academic degree programs, increased access to qualified regional students and beyond, and continued development of the physical campus. CSUB recently was named by TIME Magazine as one of the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation based on accessibility, affordability, and degree completion.

The Honorable Harvey Hall, Mayor of Bakersfield, will deliver the commencement address for the combined ceremony on Friday, June 13. The four-time mayor is the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. Throughout his term, he has focused on quality of life issues, city beautification, business, and education. While in office, he established the Mayor's Scholarship Foundation and has awarded $178,500 to high school, college, and university students. Forty years after founding the company in 1971, Mayor Hall continues to serve as CEO of Hall Ambulance Service, now the largest emergency and non-emergency medical transportation provider in Kern County and the largest privately-owned emergency and non-emergency medical transportation provider in California.

A highlight of the June 13 ceremony will be the awarding of an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree to Maestro John Farrer, Bakersfield Symphony Music Director (ret.). Gail Brooks, CSU Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, will represent the CSU in awarding the honorary doctorate.

The June 14 commencement address will be given by Dr. Rubén Mendoza, founding faculty member and Professor of Social, Behavioral, and Global Studies at CSU Monterey Bay. Dr. Mendoza is an accomplished archaeologist, writer, and photographer whose notable credits include 75 published manuscripts and co-editing the book, North American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence.

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