LONG BEACH - Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) will confer more than 9,000 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees for the 2011-12 academic year, and many of those earning degrees are expected to walk across the stage at Commencement 2012, a collection of nine graduation ceremonies at the Long Beach campus slated for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 23-25.In addition to participating students, upwards of 60,000 family members and friends are expected to visit the campus over the three-day period to watch graduates walk across the dais and have their names called. "Without question, Commencement is the highlight of the academic year as we recognize and celebrate the success and accomplishments of our graduating students and the faculty and staff who have helped them achieve their goals," said CSULB President F. King Alexander. "As a campus community, it is important that we congratulate them, and we are confident that these students are leaving Cal State Long Beach with the tools and capabilities they need to succeed." Held in the campus' Central Quadrangle, Commencement 2012 begins Wednesday, May 23, with graduates from the College of Health and Human Services being recognized in two separate ceremonies -- one at 9 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. College of Business Administration graduates will follow and have their names called in a 5 p.m. ceremony. On Thursday, May 24, the College of Liberal Arts will host two ceremonies, the first beginning at 9 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. The College of Education, which includes the Liberal Studies Program, will close out the second day with a 5 p.m. ceremony for its graduates. On the final day, Friday, May 25, the College of the Arts will recognize its graduates in a 9 a.m. ceremony. Graduates from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will follow at 1 p.m., and the College of Engineering will close out the campus' graduation festivities with a 5 p.m. ceremony. Free parking is available for commencement guests in Lots 11, 12, 14, 16, 17 and 18 at the north end of the campus as well as Parking Structures I, II or III. Courtesy shuttles will be available to transport guests to the Central Quad area. For general information about Commencement 2012, call Barbara Hall in the CSULB Academic Events Office at (562) 985-2351.
********** Published: May 17, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 05