CSUSB College of Business and Public Administration honors outstanding students


Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Business and Public Administration will honor students Alton Hardin of Colton and Mowan Xie of San Bernardino for their outstanding accomplishments.

Alton Hardin (l) and Mowan Xie

Alton Hardin (l) and Mowan Xie

Hardin will be honored as the college’s outstanding graduate student and Xie will be honored as the outstanding undergraduate student. They will be honored during separate ceremonies at CSUSB’s commencement weekend, June 16-17.

Hardin will be recognized during a commencement ceremony for students from all five academic colleges who will earn graduate degrees. The graduate student ceremony will be Saturday, June 16, at 12:45 p.m. in Coussoulis Arena, and marks the first time the university has held a separate commencement exclusively for them.

Xie will be honored during the college’s commencement exercise on Saturday, June 16, at 4:45 p.m.

Hardin, who completed his M.B.A. degree in information assurance and security management last December with a GPA of 3.94, was a recipient of CSUSB’s first Cybercorps Scholarship. He also taught undergraduate courses in the information and decision sciences department as a part-time instructor.

In April, Hardin started a doctoral program in information assurance and hopes to continue teaching as he pursues his doctoral degree and works for the federal government in the cybersecurity field.

He currently works for cyber security division of the Internal Revenue Service, governing and overseeing the IRS’s multi-million dollar portfolio of cybersecurity investments.

Xie, who lives in San Bernardino, is an exchange student from China who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and graduates with a 3.9 grade point average. She has participated in the CSUSB Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, where students prepare free tax returns for low-income and elderly taxpayers, and she works as a student assistant for the Global Management Center on campus.

Xie has been honored by several national honor societies and has received two scholarships in recognition of her excellent academic performance. She also served as the director of activities in the Chinese Student Association and planned the Chinese Spring Festival Ceremony last year.

The university’s commencement exercises begin on Thursday, June 14, for students from CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus, including graduate students. The ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

Commencement ceremonies shift to the main campus’s Coussoulis Arena for the June 16 and 17 exercises.

The CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will hold its graduation at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, June 16. On Sunday, June 17, the College of Natural Sciences will hold its ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Professional golfer Dave Stockton, who has been a longtime supporter of the university through his generous commitment to the Dave Stockton Coyote Classic Golf Tournament, will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the ceremony.

The final commencement ceremony will be at 12:45 p.m. on June 17 for the College of Arts and Letters.

The university’s College of Education will no longer have a dedicated commencement, because it primarily awards graduate degrees and those students will be honored at the graduate student commencement. Students earning bachelor’s degrees from the College of Education will participate in the College of Arts and Letters commencement.

The graduation ceremonies at Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena will be streamed online on the university’s academic computing and media live webcast page. For more information on the university’s commencement ceremonies, visit the CSUSB commencement Web page.

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