Commencement Profiles

Highlighted students, faculty and staff profiles. CSU leaders speak about the meaning of graduation, and 23 students reveal the challenges they overcame to obtain a degree.

CSU Voices & Views: Inspiring Future Generations

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This is my sixth year at Cal State San Marcos, both as a professor and as the coordinator of the American Indian Honoring Ceremony. This year’s ceremony was gratifying for me because I am proud to have seen the recruitment and retention levels of American Indian students increase over the last six years; but particularly special because I have come to advise and know well many of the graduates.

Nationwide, only 12 percent of American Indians earn college degrees; therefore, our alumni achieve more than just a personal milestone—their graduation marks a significant political, cultural and communal act that every American Indian and Alaska Native can take pride in.
Read more at CSU Voices & Views.

CSU Voices & Views: CSU Stanislaus Reconnects With ‘Golden Grads’

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The memory of graduation day, walking across the stage to the sound of Pomp and Circumstance with family members in attendance, is one graduates hold close for years after commencement. The feeling that accompanies the great accomplishment of obtaining a college degree ranks high with other significant lifetime achievements.

At CSU Stanislaus, we are welcoming our esteemed alumni and their families back to our beautiful campus—for some, a campus that was not yet fully developed at the time of their graduation. This year, alumni from the Class of 1964 will remember their graduation day as our Golden Grads, with an invitation to be recognized by President Sheley at commencement.
Read more at CSU Voices & Views.

CSU Voices & Views: Today We Make History

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Today, 17 Fresno State students will make history with our university’s inaugural Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Commencement Celebration.

I am the chairperson of the committee that made this event a reality. I am honored and proud to be among those first 17 participating in our celebration.

This milestone represents a major step in our personal lives and the broader community. Fresno State prides itself on discovery, diversity and distinction and the presence of an LGBTQ graduation ceremony fittingly underscores that.
Read more at the CSU Voices and Views blog.

Daniel and David Musick, CSU Bakersfield

Daniel and David Musick
Fellow CSUB students and father and son, Daniel and David Musick are achieving a life goal alongside one another. In 2014 Daniel and David will graduate from CSUB with double majors, Daniel with his double Bachelor of Arts in English, emphasis in Literature and Language, and David with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis in management. Their educational journey has been a challenging but satisfying experience, topped off with the unique opportunity to receive their diplomas side by side. Read more about the Musick family.

Katia Garcia Nava, CSU Channel Islands

Katia Garcia Nava
A migrant farmworker throughout her teenage years and early adulthood, Katia Garcia Nava has come so far. At the age of 37, she’s a first-generation college graduate poised to enter a competitive Ph.D. program in Chemistry at the University of Northern Texas this fall, after her graduation from CSUCI this May. Read more about Nava.

Vania Klee, Chico State

Vania Klee
Vania Klee, a double major who dreams of being an asylums officer in Jordan, is finishing up her last semester at Chico State. Though she battles a degenerative retinal disease which has stolen most of her sight, Klee’s leadership and involvement on campus—not to mention her academic prowess—distinguish her as someone with wisdom and strength beyond her years. Read more about Klee.

Cesar Deleon, CSU Dominguez Hills

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Cesar Deleon came from a family where hardly anyone went to college, and he was headed down the same path—until the birth of his son during his junior year of high school. That shift propelled him into maintaining a 3.8 GPA his entire four years and being involved in numerous on-and-off campus opportunities in which he supported other students. Read more about Deleon.