2023 in Review: CSULB’s top 10 stories of the year
As 2023 comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments we’ve made at Cal State Long Beach. This year's stories reflect the power and strength of a Beach degree, the far-reaching impact of our university and our unwavering Beach spirit.
Here are the top stories of 2023:
Laura Bush, a fourth-year business management student, wins a “defy impossible”- themed contest sponsored by Kate Somerville cosmetics company in conjunction with National Foster Care Month. For Bush, who was in the foster care system as a teenager, defying impossible is represented as a butterfly. Bush's artwork - depicting an orange and purple butterfly - is featured on one of Kate Somerville's product packaging and she received a cash prize.
The Cal State Long Beach Pow Wow - the largest university-based powwow west of the Mississippi River - returns after a three-year hiatus to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Thousands of guests gather for the largest and oldest continuously running student-sponsored event and enjoy a two-day celebration of music, dancing, food, clothing, jewelry, textiles and more.
Joseph Valadez ‘20, ‘23 shares his personal experience from addiction, incarceration to earning a master’s degree at Cal State Long Beach. With the support of Project Rebound at The Beach, Valadez achieves his academic goals and his dream job.
Fashion designer Phillip Lim ‘98, one of the top independent designers in the U.S., receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the 2023 College of the Arts Commencement ceremony. Celebrities from former first lady Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé have donned his creations on red carpets and at major events.
Cal State Long Beach’s newest graduates share their personal experiences and explain what it means to celebrate Commencement with their loved ones at Angel Stadium.
Money recognizes The Beach as one of the “Best Colleges in America.” CSULB earns 4.5 out of 5 stars in the online publication’s college rating system. Money’s analysis also notes that CSULB’s “six-year graduation rate (81%) is well above the average of all the schools we rated this year, so it’s clear that CSULB students find it a good fit.”
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Bill Greening ‘98 shares his passion for designing fashions for Barbie, the world’s most famous doll. Some of his favorites are Ladies of the '80s, featuring Debbie Harry and Joan Jett. “Right now, Barbie clearly is having a moment,” Greening said. “It’s a great time to be working at Barbie.”
The Beach receives the No. 1 spot among “national universities” for promoting social mobility in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Colleges rankings. The social mobility rankings reflect graduation rates and performance of Pell Grant-awarded students, as well as first-generation student graduation rates and performance.
Cal State Long Beach earns the Seal of Excelencia and joins a distinctive group of 30 colleges and universities which have also been recognized for commitment to Latinx students. The accolade reinforces CSULB’s national profile and ongoing commitment to supporting Latinx students.