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Class of 2007

June 6, 2007
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 June 6, 2007

Sean Kearns
Media Relations Director
(323) 343-3050
Margie Low
Public Affairs Specialist
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

Note to editors and news directors: For photos of Cal State L.A. grads featured below, go to During the Commencement ceremony, sixty white doves—representing this year’s 60th graduating class—will be released to kick off the University’s 60th Anniversary year-long celebration. The release will coincide with the University Hymn, just prior to the recessional.

Cal State L.A.'s Commencement ceremonies
set for June 8, 9

Class of 2007 includes former U.S. Secretary of State, 16-year-old honors student, joint doctorates in education, father-daughter team, 5,500 more

Los Angeles, CA – More than 20,000 people are expected this year to witness the conferral of 4,161 bachelor’s degrees when the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony at California State University, Los Angeles, takes place on Saturday, June 9, 2007, in the University Athletic Stadium, located at the southeast corner of the campus. The colorful academic procession will start at 8 a.m., and the formal exercises are scheduled to end at approximately 10 a.m.

This year’s Undergraduate Commencement speaker is Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

And, former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher will be conferred an honorary doctorate by the California State University Board of Trustees during the Saturday ceremony.

A separate Master’s Commencement is scheduled for Friday, June 8, 5:30 p.m., at the stadium. Its ceremony speaker will be John D. Petersen, president of the University of Tennessee and a graduate of Cal State L.A. A total of 1,495 master’s degrees will be conferred at this ceremony.

Among the Class of 2007 will be thousands of stories of pride and persistence.

For example, award-winning biology M.S. student Heriberto “Eddie” Lima (Rosemead) has been accepted into the doctoral program in immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Lima is one of 32 students this year from Cal State L.A.’s Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Programs who have been admitted into prestigious doctoral programs.

Tina Arora (Long Beach) will receive a CSULA/UCLA joint Ph.D. in special education, and Denise L. Collier (Los Angeles) will receive a CSULA/UC Irvine joint Ed.D. in educational administration and leadership. The doctoral hooding ceremony will take place on Saturday.

This year, 23 young graduates in the Early Entrance Program (EEP) will receive baccalaureate degrees, including Stephanie Tan (Monterey Park), 18, who is the third sibling in her family to graduate from Cal State L.A.’s EEP, and English major Elizabeth Chamberlain (Monrovia), at 16 the youngest graduating senior this year, who will travel abroad for a year before pursuing her goal of becoming a university professor.

A father-daughter team will also don caps and gowns: Victor Manuel Olivas (Monterey Park) will receive his master’s degree in special education on Friday, while his daughter Claudia Vanessa will receive her bachelor’s degree in Spanish the following day.

And, communication studies graduate student Clariza Ruiz De Castilla (South Pasadena) was admitted to the University of Texas-Austin Ph.D. program in Communication Studies with a fellowship that covers tuition and a research internship on the study of feminism and Marxism.

The Commencement of Cal State L.A.’s 60th graduating class will be a festive celebration. More than 20,000 people are expected at this year’s Undergraduate Commencement to witness the conferral of 4,161 bachelor’s degrees. This year’s graduation speaker is Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Sat., June 9, 2007, 8:00 a.m.

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.

All graduating master’s students will be honored at a separate University hooding ceremony on Friday, June 8, 5:30 p.m., at the University Athletic Stadium. The master’s ceremony speaker will be John D. Petersen, president of the University of Tennessee and a graduate of Cal State L.A.

For photos or interviews, please contact the Cal State L.A. Public Affairs Office in advance at (323) 343-3050.

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 190,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.


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