News Release| Commencement 2010; Cal State L.A.


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Cal State L.A.’s Commencement June 11-12

L.A. bishop, 17-year-old grad,
visually-impaired honors student, 66-year-old senior, single-mother
educator, scholars, joint doctorates among Cal State L.A.’s Class of

Los Angeles, CA –
A two-day festivity filled with pride and celebrations,
California State University, Los Angeles will confer more than
5,500 bachelor’s and master’s degrees at this year’s Commencement
June 11 and 12.

The Friday 5 p.m. ceremony will
honor graduates in the Charter College of Education; College of
Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology; and College of Health and
Human Services. Its keynote speaker will be Jorge Ramirez,
president/CEO of Heateflex Corporation and president of the CSULA Alumni

The Saturday 8 a.m. ceremony will honor graduates in the College
of Arts and Letters; College of Business and Economics; and College of
Natural and Social Sciences. Its speaker will be Dr. Richard
, president, CEO and founder of Heritage Provider Network.

The following are among the thousands of stories of pride and
persistence amid the Class of 2010:

  • West Angeles Church pastor

    Charles E. Blake

    will be conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane
    by the CSU Board of Trustees at Cal State L.A.’s
    Saturday Commencement. He is also the presiding bishop of the Church
    of God in Christ, one of the nation’s largest denominations, and
    founder/CEO of Save Africa’s Children, a program that serves over
    100,000 children in more than 20 nations in Africa.

  • Twenty-four graduates in the Early Entrance
    (EEP)—ages 17-20—will receive baccalaureate degrees this
    weekend, including

    17-year-old biology major Alexandria Huynh
    (Torrance), the
    youngest graduating senior this year. Huynh, who will be marching at
    the Saturday Commencement, has been accepted into the Harvard
    University Ph.D. immunology program
    with full funding and an
    additional stipend. Becoming a family tradition, 2010 EEP
    graduates include twins Anita and Sonya Dhanvanthari (Agoura
    Hills) and siblings Aditya and Sudipta Mohanty (Rancho


  • Among Cal State L.A.’s most “senior” students is

    66-year-old David Crittendon
    (Los Angeles), who
    will receive an interdisciplinary M.A. in creative writing, music
    and education
    at the Saturday Commencement. He was involved in
    the Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964, worked for the Congress of
    Racial Equality in New York, and taught elementary school in Echo
    Park for 17 years.


  • Mario Zamora

    (South Central L.A.)—who became blind when he was a
    teen—moved from Mexico to Los Angeles to learn Braille and English.
    A Dean’s List and G.E. Honors student, Zamora will be conferred a
    bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services
    with a minor in
    English. With his guide dog by his side, Zamora will proudly march
    at the Friday Commencement.


  • Born in Haiti and raised in Central Africa and

    Marie Alcindor
    (Northridge) moved to the U.S.
    in 1991 to further her education and achieve a college
    degree. A single mother, she had to juggle family, work and school.
    At the Friday Commencement, she will be conferred a master’s
    degree in educational administration
    . She has already earned her
    teaching credential and B.A. in French from Cal State L.A.


  • President’s Scholar

    Oseloka Valentine Ewudo
    (East Los Angeles) will be one of
    only seven students to graduate as a President’s Scholar in the
    Class of 2010. He will receive his bachelor’s degree in nursing at
    the Friday Commencement. Cal State L.A.’s President’s Scholars
    were awarded full scholarships for four-year study at Cal State L.A.


  • Five CSULA grads—Silke M. Bradford, Vince Carbino,
    Arnett Carl Duncan/A. Mpigani Kweli, Frank Olmos
    and Freda
    Elena Rossi
    —will be conferred their

    joint doctorates
    in educational administration and leadership.

    The doctoral hooding ceremony will take place on Friday.


  • Latin American Studies M.A. student

    Alex Villalpando
    (South Los Angeles) has been
    accepted with full funding into the doctoral program in ethnic
    studies at UC Riverside. Villalpando is one of 14 graduates
    selected for the 2009-10 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar awards,
    which covers travel expenses to doctoral-granting institutions and
    to attend professional conferences as well as fees for college
    applications and graduate exams.
    He will march at the Saturday


Both 2010 Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live. The web streams
will be broadcast through Cal State L.A.’s Eagles Live Cast at

The Commencement of Cal State
L.A.’s 63d graduating class
will be a festive celebration.

Fri., June 11, 2010,  5 p.m.

Conferring degrees to graduates in the Charter College of Education,
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, and College of
Health and Human Services

Speaker: Jorge Ramirez, president/CEO of Heateflex Corporation and
president of the CSULA Alumni Association.

Sat., June 12, 2010,  8 a.m.

Conferring degrees to graduates in the College of Arts and Letters,
College of Business and Economics, and College of Natural and Social

Speaker: Dr. Richard Merkin,
president, CEO and founder of Heritage Provider Network

State L.A.’s University Athletic Stadium
, at the southeast corner of
the campus.  The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San
Bernardino (I-10) freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710

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