Annual Honors Convocation | Spotlight

Photo of Marquita Grenot-Scheyer.

“As dean of the College of Education at CSULB, I have always wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

“As an undergraduate at CSULA, my first service-learning opportunity was with a group of elementary students with significant disabilities at a segregated school in Huntington Park. As is true for many of us in education, this early service-learning experience was one of those life-changing moments that led to my initial teaching position and this experience has stayed with me throughout my career.

“My educational preparation at CSULA included many opportunities to learn from and collaborate with engaging faculty who were able to make the critical linkage between theory and practice. And they provided networks of support.

“Like many current CSULA students, I am the first in my family to attain advanced degrees. I am very proud to be an alumna of CSULA.” – Marquita Grenot-Scheyer

48th Honors to fete 3,000

Noted alumna returns to keynote as annual Convocation celebrates array of student achievements

Amid pageantry, 3,000 Cal State L.A. students will be recognized at the University’s 48th Honors Convocation Friday, April 24. The main ceremony will begin 7 p.m. at the Eagles Nest Gymnasium, followed by individual College programs and receptions.

Coordinated by the Division of Academic Affairs, Friday’s special program will honor Cal State L.A. students whose academic records place them in the top fifth percentile of their peers. Dean’s List honorees, recipients of scholarships and grants, incoming freshmen with high grade-point averages, and general-education honors program participants will also be acknowledged.

Delivering this year’s keynote address will be Cal State L.A. alumna Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, now dean of the College of Education and professor of education at Cal State Long Beach. She also represents the CSU Chancellor’s Office on the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Autism Advisory Committee and the California Department of Education’s State Performance and Personnel Department Plan Stakeholder Group.

A recipient of Cal State L.A.’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award, Grenot-Scheyer received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in education from Cal State L.A. Also, she received her Ph.D. in special education from the Cal State L.A./UCLA joint program.