CSUSB celebrates Class of 2017 at commencement exercises Saturday

CSUSB celebrates Class of 2017 at commencement exercises Saturday

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It’s their time.

After years of hard work in classrooms, a seemingly endless number of papers to write and nights of little sleep from studying for midterms and finals, Cal State San Bernardino’s Class of 2017 has one more hurdle to make before getting a degree — graduation.

And that will be accomplished when the university holds its five commencement ceremonies on Thursday and Saturday, June 15 and 17, where more than 3,200 graduating students will be participating.

This year the university will bestow honorary doctorates to CSUSB alumnus Lou Monville and Rabbi Hillel Cohn. Monville will be honored during College of Arts and Letters ceremony at noon June 17, and Cohn during the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences ceremony at 8 a.m. that same day.

The first graduation ceremony, for the CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus, took place on June 15 at The Show at Agua Caliente Spa and Resort, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage.

2017 Commencement. Click on the image to go to the Live WebCast page to view the commencement cermonies online.

Click on the image to go to the Live WebCast page to view the commencement cermonies online.

The PDC ceremony had its largest number of participants in the campus’ history as 308 students participated in cap and gown, which included 28 of the 30 graduates from its first freshman class. The other two graduates will participate in the San Bernardino commencements on June 17.

During the PDC ceremony, special awards were given to Nicole Phillips for Outstanding Undergraduate Student and Barbara Katic for Outstanding Graduate Student. Phillips, who lives in Palm Desert, received a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, and graduated magna cum laude, or with high honors. Katic, who also lives in Palm Desert, received a master’s degree in counseling and guidance, as well as a PPS credential.

A slideshow of photos from the Palm Desert Campus Commencement may be viewed online.

Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 17, will be for CSUSB’s five academic colleges, and will take place at Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., in Ontario. Parking at Citizens Business Bank Arena will be $5 in lots A, B, C and D. Patrons are encouraged to bring exact change.

All of the ceremonies at Citizens Business Bank Arena will be webcast live on the Creative Media Services webcast page.

Now in its third year at Citizens Business Bank Arena, the university moved its commencement ceremony to the Ontario location from the university’s Coussoulis Arena due to the increasing number of graduates and their guests.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will start the day with its graduation ceremony at 8 a.m. as 1,039 students are expected to participate. The college will honor Diana Robinson of Fontana, who will receive a master’s degree in psychology, as its outstanding graduate student, and Janhavi M. Dhargalkar of San Bernardino, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology, will be recognized as its outstanding undergraduate student.

Rabbi Cohn, will be honored during the ceremony for his years of service to the community. Cohn has led the Jewish community in the greater San Bernardino area for more than 50 years and has been a leader in a number of civic and charitable organizations and committees.

At noon, the College of Art and Letters and the College of Education will hold their joint commencement ceremony with 475 students at Arts and Letters and 115 for the College of Education. Arts and Letters will honor Monville for his leadership and volunteer efforts with CSUSB, the California State University system and in the community. Monville served on the CSU Board of Trustees for 10 years culminating with two terms as the board chair.

The college will also honor Derek Mkhaiel of Moreno Valley, who will receive master’s degree in English composition and literature, as its outstanding graduate student, and Luis Esparza of Colton, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, as its outstanding undergraduate student.

Graduates from CSUSB's Class of 2016 celebrate at Citizens Business Bank Arena at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony. Photo: Corinne McCurdy/CSUSB

Graduates from CSUSB’s Class of 2016 celebrate at Citizens Business Bank Arena at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony. Photo: Corinne McCurdy/CSUSB

The College of Education will honor Eyad Alfattal of Redlands, who will graduate with a doctorate in educational leadership, as its outstanding doctoral student, and Sharaya Tran of Ontario, who will graduate with a master’s degree in counseling and guidance in education, as its outstanding graduate student.

The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration will hold its commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. with 661 students expected to participate. The college will honor Julia Rodriguez Fuentes of Adelanto, who will graduate with a master’s degree in accounting, as its outstanding graduate student, and Jordan Gallinger of Barstow, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, as its outstanding undergraduate student.

The College of Natural Sciences will close out the day’s celebration at 8 p.m. when it holds its commencement ceremony with 617 students expected to participate. The college will honor Teresa Urbina of Corona, who will graduate with a master’s degree in biology, as the outstanding graduate student, Amylee Martin of Ontario, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and Jonathan Foreman, who graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and is now a science policy advisor for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, as the college’s outstanding alumnus.

For more information about the June 2016 graduations, visit the CSUSB Commencement website, or contact the Office of Special Events and Guest Services at (909) 537-7360.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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