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8,500 Set To Graduate At 2011 Commencement Ceremonies

Published: May 16, 2011

Some 8,500 students will earn 8,900 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at CSULB by the end of the academic year, and the university will recognize those graduates Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 25-27, at Commencement 2011, a collection of nine separate graduation ceremonies at the Long Beach campus.

Campus officials are expecting about 7,000 students to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies. Additionally, they are anticipating some 70,000 family members and friends to visit the campus over the three-day period and watch the graduates walk across the stage.

“Commencement is the highlight of the academic year at Cal State Long Beach as we recognize and celebrate the success and accomplishments of our students and the faculty and staff who have helped them reach their goals,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “As a campus community, we congratulate those who have earned their degrees this year, and we are certain that they are leaving us with the tools and capabilities they need to succeed.”

Commencement 2011, held in the campus’ Central Quadrangle, begins Wednesday, May 25, with graduates from the College of Health and Human Services getting their names called in two different ceremonies — one at 9 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. College of Business Administration graduates will be recognized in a 5 p.m. ceremony.

On Thursday, May 26, the College of Liberal Arts will host two ceremonies for its graduates, the first beginning at 9 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. The College of Education, which includes the Liberal Studies Program, will close out the second day with a 5 p.m. ceremony for its graduates.

On the final day, the College of the Arts will recognize its graduates in a 9 a.m. ceremony on Friday, May 27. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will follow at 1 p.m., and the College of Engineering will conclude the campus’ 2011 graduation festivities with its 5 p.m. ceremony.

After each ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception hosted by their college on the terrace level of the University Student Union. Refreshments and music will be provided.

With the freeway construction going on in the area, those planning to attend any of CSULB’s graduation ceremonies are encouraged to give themselves extra time to get to the university in the event of traffic delays on the freeways or detouring side streets.

Free parking is available for commencement guests in Lots 11, 12, 14, 16 and 17 at the north end of the campus. Courtesy shuttles will be available to transport guests to the Central Quad area.

Visitors may enter the campus from Atherton Street, Bellflower Boulevard or 7th Street. Before parking, drivers may drop off passengers at the west turnaround near Brotman Hall or the east turnaround by the CSULB Foundation Building. Parking for the disabled may be arranged by calling Parking Administration at 562/985-4146. Guests with other special needs should contact Disabled Student Services at 562/985-5401.

For more information on Commencement 2011, call the commencement coordinator for the desired college ceremony: Arts — Bethany Price, 562/985-4364; Business Administration — Margaret Willisma, 562/985-5307; Education (including Liberal Studies) — Marvel Whitson, 562/985-4513; Engineering — Kim Truesdelle, 562/985-8032; Health and Human Services — Sharon Cruz, 562/985-4691; Liberal Arts — Myriam Joseph, 562/985-5381; and Natural Sciences and Mathematics — Margaret Karteron, 562/985-4265.

For general information about Commencement 2011, call Barbara Hall at 562/985-2351. More information can also be found on the Commencement website.

–Rick Gloady