News Release| CSULA, Cal State L.A.; Commencement; Graduation Speakers, Wanda Austin, Michael Harper; Class of 2008

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Aerospace Corp. CEO, Frost Medalist poet
to address Cal State L.A.’s Class of 2008

Doubleheader Commencement June 6-7

Los Angeles, CA – Culminating its 60th anniversary year, California State University, Los Angeles will conduct a two-day Commencement ceremony Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, in the University Athletic Stadium. More than 3,700 bachelor’s degrees and 1,400 master’s degrees will be conferred at this year’s Commencement exercises.

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 Wanda M. Austin, president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corporation.

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 Michael S. Harper, first poet laureate of Rhode Island and professor of English at Brown University. Harper, a Cal State L.A. alumnus, received the 2008 Frost Medal (named for American icon of 20th century poetry Robert Frost) from the Poetry Society of America.

During the Friday ceremony, Dionicio Morales, founder of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), will be conferred an honorary doctorate by the California State University Board of Trustees. MAOF is the nation’s largest Latino-serving social service organization, helping children and families in need since 1963.

What:              The Commencement of Cal State L.A.’s 61st graduating class will be a festive celebration.

When:             Fri., June 6, 2008,  5 p.m.

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

Speaker: Wanda M. Austin, president/CEO of The Aerospace Corp.

                        Sat., June 7, 2008,  8 a.m.

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

Speaker: Michael S. Harper, 2008 Frost Medal recipient/Brown University professor

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 more information, go to www.calstatela.edu/commencement.

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