Last week, CSULB concluded its 2007-08 academic year by graduating the largest and most diverse class in its 59-year history. A total of 8,225 students received or will receive bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees by year's end while 1,233 will have earned teaching credentials.
CSULB conferred its degrees over three days from May 28-30, in nine separate ceremonies to fully recognize all of its high-achieving graduates.
"Collectively, this year's graduating class was perhaps the most successful in our university's history. Not only did we graduate more undergraduate and graduate students this spring, but the class of 2008 will also have the highest graduation rate of any previous graduating class," said CSULB President F. King Alexander.
"Furthermore, our university offers its students an exceptional education, and when they graduate, especially in these kinds of numbers, they will have an enormous impact on the local and state economy," he added. "Our university is engaged in the development of human capital ready to enter the workforce well prepared. We're very proud of our students, and know that they will leave with the tools and capabilities they will need to succeed."
Among the degrees conferred this academic year were approximately 2,340 liberal arts graduates; 2,350 health and human services graduates including more than 300 nurses; 1,330 business graduates including more than 300 accountants and MBAs; 760 artists and musicians; 690 education graduates; 450 engineers; and more than 400 natural science and mathematics graduates. In education and health and human services, these numbers represent a 3 percent increase over the number of last year's graduates; in all other areas, there was a 2 percent growth among those receiving degrees.
Nationally recognized for its record of awarding degrees to qualified students of diverse backgrounds, this year's CSULB graduating class was also its most diverse. CSULB conferred undergraduate and graduate degrees to 1,830 Asian and Asian-American students, 1,880 to Latino students, 440 to African American students and 50 degrees to Native American students.
These figures represent a 2 percent increase from last year's graduation class, which was then the largest in the university's history in awarding degrees to students of diverse backgrounds. Additionally, women received approximately 4,860 degrees, while men received 3,360.
Among its academic programs, CSULB offers 84 baccalaureate degrees, 67 master's and two doctoral degrees. With more than 230,000 living alumni, CSULB has graduates in every state in the nation and numerous other countries. The largest percentage of alumni, nearly 85 percent, resides in California.