CSU, Chico Will Hold 117th Commencement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 05-11-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Susan Anderson
Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
530-898-6472

California State University, Chico’s 117th Commencement will feature two commencement ceremonies for the class of 2007, one on Saturday, May 19, and one on Sunday, May 20. In addition, several colleges and programs will hold receptions and special ceremonies.

Approximately 2,800 students are expected to receive bachelor’s degrees on Saturday and Sunday in the University Stadium. The ceremonies will take about two hours each and will be held rain or shine. Tickets are not required for admission.

CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and Alumni Association President Alicia Barr will speak at both ceremonies. Will Lombardi, a graduating senior in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, will speak on Saturday, and Sara E. Tindula, a graduating senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, will speak on Sunday.

Rafael Sanchez, who received a BA in modern languages in 1981 from CSU, Chico, will be awarded an honorary doctorate during the ceremony on Saturday, May 19. Sanchez, president and CEO of American Capital Ventures, has received numerous awards for his community service. He was recently honored as Business Advocate of the Year for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. He served on the Education Commission and the Sacramento Police Advisory Council under Sacramento mayor Joe Serna, Jr. He served as chair of the California-Mexico Trade Summit and as founding chair of the editorial board for “Latino Journal Magazine,” the nation’s only Latino public policy magazine.

Below is a listing of Commencement celebrations:

Thursday, May 17
The Education Recognition Ceremony will be held in Laxson Auditorium on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 pm for credential candidates.

Friday, May 18
The nurses pinning ceremony will be held on Friday, May 18 at 4 pm in the Bell Memorial Union.

The commencement ceremony for master’s graduates will be held in Laxson Auditorium at 7 pm. Tickets are necessary for the graduate ceremony. For more information on this ceremony, call Diana Parks, Master’s Commencement coordinator, at 898-6049.

Saturday, May 19
Beginning at 9 am: Ceremony for graduating students in the Colleges of Communication and Education (including Liberal Studies), Humanities and Fine Arts, International and Interdisciplinary Studies (includes Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Jewish Studies, Special Majors, and Multicultural and Gender Studies) and Natural Sciences.

The Black Commencement Celebration will be held from 1-3 pm in Harlen Adams Theatre (PAC 144).

The Latino Commencement Celebration will be held from 1-3 pm in Laxson Auditorium.

The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management will have a graduation celebration ceremony in Laxson Auditorium on Saturday, May 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. A reception for the graduating seniors and their families will be held right after the ceremony on the Kendall Hall lawn with music by Chico Faculty Jazz Ensemble.

Sunday, May 20
Beginning at 9 am: Ceremony for graduating students in the Colleges of Agriculture, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business, and Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.

For more information about Commencement exercises, call Susan Anderson at the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 898-6472 or go to the website.

###