CSUSB fall commencement graduates more than 900 students


More than 900 students participated in Cal State San Bernardino’s 12th December commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 8.


University President Tomás Morales speaks at one of two commencement ceremonies at Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 8. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

University President Tomás Morales beamed as he led his first commencement ceremonies since becoming president of Cal State San Bernardino in August.

Calling the graduates the “pride of the university community,” Morales congratulated them.

“I am so proud of what you have accomplished. Your success is testimony to hard work, discipline and dedication. I also know that each of you made many sacrifices along the way to reach this point,” Morales told the graduates. “This marks the beginning of a new phase in your life’s journey. You have proven that you possess what it takes to succeed, and you all should feel justly proud of your accomplishments.”

The commencement exercises, which were held at Coussoulis Arena, also marks the 10th year that the graduation has been separated into two ceremonies to accommodate an increasing number of students who prefer to participate in the fall commencement.

The December ceremonies are especially popular with international and out-of-state students who have completed their studies and are likely unable to return for the traditional June graduation.

The morning ceremony for the colleges of Business and Public Administration and Social and Behavioral Sciences had nearly 500 students graduating, while the afternoon ceremony for the colleges of Arts and Letters, Education and Natural Sciences had more than 400 students graduate.

The afternoon ceremony also saw the triumphant graduation of Kevin Santos, who received his long-awaited bachelor’s degree in English-creative writing track after years of coping with the challenges of traumatic brain injury suffered in a horrific car accident caused by a reckless driver. The accident left him on the brink of death, shattering his dreams of both law school and a law career.

For more on the ceremonies, see the 2012 Commencement Slide Show that was compiled by CSUSB’s Academic Computing and Media.

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