Officials at CSULB will confer some 6,400 bachelor’s and master’s degrees during Commencement 2008, a collection of nine separate graduation ceremonies scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 28-30, at the Long Beach campus.
In addition, the university will confer three honorary doctorate degrees during two of its ceremonies. These are the first honorary doctorates the campus has conferred in eight years.
Held in the campus’ Central Quadrangle, Commencement 2008 begins Wednesday, May 28, when the College of Health and Human Services graduates receive their degrees in two different ceremonies — one at 9 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. College of Business Administration graduates will receive their degrees in the 5 p.m. ceremony.
On Thursday, May 29, the first two honorary doctorate degrees will be awarded during the 9 a.m. ceremony for College of Liberal Arts graduates as active alumni, community volunteers and long-time university supporters Robert and Janet Spidell are honored with Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.
The ensuing 1 p.m. ceremony for College of Liberal Arts graduates will feature the presentation of the remaining honorary doctorate degree as former California Governor, Long Beach civic leader and CSULB supporter George Deukmejian receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. The College of Education, which includes the Liberal Studies Program, will close out the second-day festivities with a 5 p.m. ceremony for its graduates.
Finally, the College of the Arts will recognize its graduates in a 9 a.m. ceremony on Friday, May 30. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will follow at 1 p.m., and the College of Engineering will conclude the campus’ 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 are provided.
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 Seventh 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, and for guests with other special needs, contact Disabled Student Services at 562/985-5401.
For more information on Commencement 2008, call the commencement coordinator for the desired college ceremony: Arts — Noelle Leiblic, 562/985-4366; Business Administration — Nelson Horn, 562/985-5307; Education (including Liberal Studies) — Marvel Preece-Whitson, 562/985-4513; Engineering — Kim Truesdelle, 562/985-8032; Health and Human Services — Sharon Cruz, 562/985-4691; Liberal Arts — Myriam Joseph, 562/985-5384; and Natural Sciences and Mathematics — Margaret Karteron, 562/985-4265.
For general information about Commencement 2008, call 562/985-2351. More information can also be found on the Web site at www.csulb.edu/projects/commencement.