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First Annual BUILD Commencement Celebrates Graduating Scholars

Published May 24, 2017

On Friday, May 19, CSULB BUILD held its first annual Commencement celebration to honor the first cohort of Scholars who have completed the two-year research training program. The evening featured Rhea-Comfort Addo speaking for her class and Keynote speaker Ramon Velazquez, Ph.D., who also acted as DJ to close out the event. Velasquez is a senior post-doctoral fellow in the Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center, Biodesign Institute, at Arizona State University.

Photo Highlights from the Commencement Celebration

For more (and larger) images from the party, view the photo album on Facebook.

Full house at Commencement Party
The house was full at the 2017 Commencement Party
BUILD Scholars Amalia Lira and Nicholas Nieto
BUILD Scholars Amalia Lira and Nicholas Nieto
Student Training Core Director Chi-Ah Chun did her best to visit everyone who came to the party
Student Training Core Director Chi-Ah Chun did her best to visit everyone who came to the party
BUILD Scholar Gina Vimbela and friends
BUILD Scholar Gina Vimbela (center) and friends
BUILD Scholars Matthew Argame (far left) and Author Yao (far right) with Principal Investigator Laura Kingsford (center left) and Student Training Core Director Chi-Ah Chun
BUILD Scholars Matthew Argame (far left) and Author Yao (far right) with Principal Investigator Laura Kingsford (center left) and Student Training Core Director Chi-Ah Chun (center right)
BUILD Scholar Rhea-Comfort Addo with her family
BUILD Scholar Rhea-Comfort Addo with her family
BUILD Scholar Layla Ramos shows off her page in the Commencement program
BUILD Scholar Layla Ramos shows off her page in the Commencement program
BUILD Principal Investigator Laura Kingsford opened the ceremonies with a welcome speech
BUILD Principal Investigator Laura Kingsford opened the ceremonies with a welcome speech
BUILD Principal Investigator Guido Urizar gave the welcome address in Spanish
BUILD Principal Investigator Guido Urizar gave the welcome address in Spanish
The completing class of BUILD Scholars chose Rhea-Comfort Addo to give the student address at the event
The completing class of BUILD Scholars chose Rhea-Comfort Addo to give the student address at the event
Ramon Valasquez, Ph.D., from Arizona State University, gave the keynote address
Ramon Valasquez, Ph.D., from Arizona State University, gave the keynote address
Specially designed CSULB BUILD sashes were distributed to the Scholars
Specially designed CSULB BUILD sashes were distributed to the Scholars
BUILD Scholar Malik Rogers with Dr. Chun
BUILD Scholar Malik Rogers with Dr. Chun
BUILD Scholar Selin Ari receives her certificate from Dr. Chun
BUILD Scholar Selin Ari receives her certificate from Dr. Chun
CSULB BUILD Class of 2017 proudly poses
CSULB BUILD Class of 2017 proudly poses
Family and friends snap pictures of the Scholars like paparazzi
Family and friends snap pictures of the Scholars like paparazzi
BUILD Scholar Author Yao shows off the BUILD sash BUILD Graphic Designer Alex Garbanati designed
BUILD Scholar Author Yao (left) shows off the BUILD sash BUILD Graphic Designer Alex (right) designed
Nathan Sollenberger, Michael Carillo and Robbin Nameki took advantage of the banner photo opp
Nathan Sollenberger, Michael Carillo and Robbin Nameki took advantage of the banner photo opp
Ramon Velazquez spun the dance tunes as DJ of the evening
Ramon Velazquez spun the dance tunes as DJ of the evening
BUILD Scholar Huong Dang gets down while other scholars cheer him on
BUILD Scholar Hoang Dang gets down while other scholars cheer him on
BUILD Scholar Rhea-Comfort Addo dances with her fellow Scholars
BUILD Scholar Rhea-Comfort Addo dances with her fellow Scholars