CSULB Commencement Ceremonies To Be Held May 17-20

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California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) expects to confer a school-record of more than 10,000 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees for the 2015-16 academic year, with many of those earning degrees expected to walk across the stage at Commencement 2016. The four-day celebration will highlight a collection of 10 graduation ceremonies at the Long Beach campus scheduled for Tuesday-Friday, May 17-20.

In addition to participating students, approximately 70,000 family members and friends are expected to visit the university over the four-day period to hear their graduate’s name and watch them walk across the dais.

The record-number of graduates comes as the university’s graduation rates have reached all-time highs – 66.7 percent in 2014-15 with an additional increase expected this year. The number of minority students earning degrees at CSULB is also increasing. The university has been one of the most successful four-year public institutions at reducing opportunity gaps – the difference in graduation rates between typically underrepresented students and the rest of the university – according to a 2016 report by the Education Trust.

During commencement, each college will be honoring its Outstanding Graduate. Nohemi Gonzalez, the lone American killed in the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, will be honored as the Outstanding Graduate for the College of the Arts and members of her family will be on hand to receive her degree posthumously. That ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 19. Information about other graduates with unique stories, such as Michael Valentekovic who overcame brain cancer to earn his degree in vocal performance, can be found in the Class of 2016 Spotlights here.

All ceremonies are held in the campus’ Central Quadrangle. For more information and the full schedule of ceremonies, please click here. Media parking is available in Lots 8 and 8A.

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