By Lisa McMullen
Director of Alumni Relations
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 Joseph F. Sheley at our commencement ceremonies.
President Sheley brought the practice of reuniting Golden Grads — those who graduated 50 years prior — to CSU Stanislaus last year. A Sacramento State alumnus himself, President Sheley has a deep-rooted passion for alumni engagement and for the Golden Grads in particular.
The participation of the Golden Grads further enriches our commencement activities by way of the storytelling and memories relived by these alumni and friends. On Commencement Day, they spend the morning with fellow classmates and enjoying time with university leadership at the President’s Breakfast. During the ceremony, their stories are told to the newest cohort of alumni, with whom they now share a common past as graduates of CSU Stanislaus. This tradition reinforces the commitment our campus has to its alumni, the importance of continued alumni engagement and the richness that comes from honoring our campus’ history.
The tie one has to his or her alma mater is timeless, and this is no better reflected than through our Golden Grads, who remain advocates for the university they called home more than 50 years ago. Whether it has been days, months or decades since their last visit to campus, it is undeniable — the pride our alumni have for CSU Stanislaus is unwavering.