Commencement 05

  
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 June 3, 2005

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Carol Selkin
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Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
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For immediate release:

CSULA Holds Undergraduate Commencement on June 11, 8 a.m.
Separate master’s hooding ceremony to take place
Fri., June 10, 5:30 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA – The 58th Undergraduate Commencement ceremony at California State University, Los Angeles, will take place on SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2005, in the University Athletic Stadium, located at the southeast corner of the campus. The colorful academic procession will start at 8:00 a.m. The formal exercises are scheduled to end at 10 a.m.

This year’s speaker for the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation—one of the largest and most active philanthropic organizations in Southern California—and former president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national nonprofit litigation and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the nation’s 35 million Latinos through the legal system, community education, research and policy initiatives. Raul Yzaguirre, recent past president and co-founder of the National Council of La Raza, will receive a CSU Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.

For the second year, a separate Master’s hooding ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 10, 5:30 p.m., at the University Athletic Stadium. Harold Goldwhite, emeritus professor of chemistry and former CSU trustee professor, will address the master’s candidates.

More than 15,000 people are expected at this year’s undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, June 11 to witness the conferral of more than 3,600 bachelor’s degrees. More than 1,500 master’s degrees will be conferred on Friday, June 10. Among the outstanding students receiving degrees are:

• Yuki Nagasawa (Los Angeles 90032), a pianist, blind since birth, who will be receiving her second master’s degree (Master of Arts in music pedagogy) at CSULA’s Master’s Hooding Ceremony on June 10, the day before the undergraduate Commencement. An international student from Osaka, Japan, she received her M.M. from Cal State L.A. in 2002.

• David Ngyuen (Downey), a 19-year-old Early Entrance Program honors student who began studying at Cal State L.A. when he was in his early teens. He will receive his B.A. in biology on June 11. One of only 60 students nationwide to receive this year’s $5,000 national Graduate Scholar Award from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, he will be attending UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine in the fall.

• Erika Reynoso (Los Angeles 90031), graduating summa cum laude in microbiology with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She was runner-up for the local Phi Kappa Phi national honor society fellowship, and is the recipient of various scholarship and fellowships—chief among them the CSU Sally Casanova pre-doctoral fellowship. As an undergraduate, Reynoso conducted cancer research under several NIH-funded programs. She was accepted to University of Pennsylvania, Stanford and Harvard, and will be attending Harvard University for its Ph.D. program in immunology in the Fall.

• Cal State L.A.’s third graduating class of President’s Scholars (high-achieving high school students who were awarded full scholarships for study at Cal State L.A.): Matthew Beard (Lakewood), an outstanding student-athlete in baseball who will receive his B.A. in criminal justice, and hopes to play pro baseball and practice law; Laurel Diskin (Eagle Rock), a double major in music (B.M., violin) and Spanish (B.A. magna cum laude), who plans to earn a M.M. and then teach; Sameera Sani (Gardena), a cum laude candidate who will receive her B.A. in economics and is considering law school; and Janine Uribe Vindel (Lynwood), who will receive her B.A. in social work and who plans to work in the field after graduation.

• Fourteen youngsters in the Early Entrance Program (EEP), who will participate in the undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, June 11 (three more will attend the Master’s Hooding Ceremony on Friday, June 10). CSULA’s EEP—the only program of its kind in the nation—admits extraordinarily gifted youngsters, some as young as 11, directly into college.

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WHAT: The Commencement of Cal State L.A.’s 58th graduating class will be a festive celebration. More than 15,000 people are expected at this year’s Undergraduate Commencement to witness the conferral of more than 3,600 bachelor’s degrees on SATURDAY June 11. At the Master’s Hooding Ceremony, June 10, more than 1,500 degrees will be conferred. On June 11, Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation, will address the undergraduate class of 2005, and Raul Yzaguirre, recent past president and co-founder of the National Council of La Raza, will receive a CSU Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. On June 10, Harold Goldwhite, former CSU Trustee and CSULA emeritus professor of chemistry, will address the master’s candidates.

WHEN: Undergraduates: Sat., June 11, 2005, 8:00 a.m.
Master’s: Fri., June 10, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cal 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 Freeways.

INFO: For photos or interviews, call the Cal State L.A. Public Affairs Office at (323) 343-3050.

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