Honors Convocation | Spotlight

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Close up: A few of the students being honored at the Honors Convocation ceremony at Cal State L.A. Friday, April 29.

4,000 students commended at annual ceremony

Raytheon CEO returns to alma mater to keynote 50th Honors Convocation

Thousands of families and friends converged at the University’s 50th annual Honors Convocation April 29, 2011, to celebrate the stellar academic achievements of 4,000 students. Adorned with balloons and flowers in gold and black, the Eagles Nest Gym was beaming with pride from those who witnessed the students being commended that evening.

Friday’s special program honored CSULA students whose academic records place them in the top fifth percentile of their peers—along with Dean’s List honorees, recipients of scholarships and grants, incoming freshmen with high grade-point averages, and G.E. honors program participants. After the ceremony, students were recognized at separate College programs and receptions on campus.

Pictured: Honors Convocation keynote speaker Emanuel Brady, Jr.
Pictured: Honors Convocation keynote speaker Emanuel Brady, Jr.


This year’s Honors Convocation speaker was CSULA alumnus Emanuel Brady Jr., vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Raytheon Company.

“The foundation that you build here [at CSULA] will take you anywhere you want to go,” said Brady. “Go boldly in to whatever you choose to do and do not be afraid of a tough challenge. The education you’ve received here has prepared you for it. ...What’s required of you is to say ‘yes’ to the opportunities that lie before you.”

Brady, a member of Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems leadership team, has previously served as vice president of its Electronic Systems Division. Raytheon, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world.

Brady—who earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cal State L.A., and his master’s degree in business administration from USC—was selected as CSULA’s Los Angeles Information Technologist of the Year in 2010. He was named one of Computerworld magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2009 and Executive of the Year by the Raytheon Management Club in 2007. He is also the recipient of the 2002 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Career Achievement in Industry. Brady’s career dedication to diversity and mentoring in the workforce was featured in a 2007 issue of Urban Influence magazine. More recently, he was a contributing author of “The Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams.”

If you missed the 2011 Honors Convocation ceremony, you can view it here: /eagleslive/.

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