2014 University Commencement – California State University, Fresno

2014 University Commencement – California State University, Fresno

August 29, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.MY NAME IS MOSES
MENCHACA, AND I AM THE ASI PRESIDENT.WELCOME TO THE 103RD GRADUATION
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY.TODAY STUDENTS FROM 26 COUNTRIES WILL GRADUATE.THEIR
HOMELAND FLAGS ARE DISPLAYED BEHIND ME.I STARTED COLLEGE WITH MANY OF YOU AND I AM
EXCITED TODAY AS YOU GRADUATE AND CONTINUE WITH YOUR LIFE.BUT AT THIS TIME, I
ASK THAT YOU STAND TO HONOR AMERICA AS THE FRESNO STATE AIR FORCE ROTC PRESENTS
THE COLORS.AND PLEASE REMAIN STANDING FOR THE SINGING OF THE NATIONAL
ANTHEM BY GRADUATE MUSIC MAJORS, SHARON ROGERS AND KATHERINE SIMMONS. [APPLAUSE] WASN’T THAT SHOW BEAUTIFUL, THAT WAS A
PERFECT WAY TO START OUR DAY TODAY.I WANT TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU TO
THE 103RD COMMENCEMENT OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
FRESNO.I AM JOSEPH CASTRO, PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY.THANK YOU.MANY
OF OUR GRADUATES OUT THERE HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH ME TODAY.IT’S OUR
FIRST COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY HERE AT FRESNO STATE.AND MANY OF YOU ALSO
HAVE SOMETHING ELSE IN COMMON WITH ME, SORRY ABOUT THAT THANK YOU.FIRST TIME. [APPLAUSE] MANY OF YOU HAVE
SOMETHING ELSE IN COMMON WITH ME, BEING THE FIRST IN OUR FAMILIES
TO EARN COLLEGE DEGREES. [APPLAUSE] TO ALL OF YOU STUDENTS
FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, I AM SO PROUD TO BE SHARING IN TODAY’S
FESTIVITIES WITH YOU.SO LET ME WELCOME ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE EARNED DEGREES TODAY AS WELL
AS ALUMNI AND DISTINGUISHFACTULTY BUT JOIN IN A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THE SUPPORT
THROUGHOUT YOUR SCHOOLING.I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE WARM WELCOME THAT MY FAMILY
AND I HAVE RECEIVED FROM STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF ON CAMPUS, SINCE OUR
ARRIVAL LAST AUGUST.SHORTLY THEREAFTER, I CHALLENGED OUR COMMUNITY AND INCLUDING OUR
GREAT STUDENTS, TO BE BOLD.IN THEIR THINKING, THEIR STUDIES AND CAREER PATH.TODAY I
REITERATE THAT.IF YOU TAKE ONE THING AWAY FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE, AS YOU STEP OFF
CAMPUS AND INTO YOUR CHOSEN CAREER, REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BE BOLD.DREAM
BIG.THINK BIG.AND SHARE YOUR NEW AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS.TAKE
CALCULATED RISKS.AND STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.BE
BOLD.IT’S THE BULLDOG WAY. [APPLAUSE] I AM DEEPLY HONORED TO CELEBRATE
THIS PASSAGE OF FRESNO’S STATE BEST AND BRIGHTEST FROM CAMPUS INTO
OUR COMMUNITY.I WAS PRIVILEGED TO MEET A GREAT NUMBER OF YOU OVER THE PAST
YEAR ON CAMPUS.AND I HOPE THAT YOU WILL STAY IN TOUCH WITH ME AND OUR
FACULTY AND STAFF AS YOU ADVANCE IN YOUR CAREERS.YOU LEFT YOUR MARK ON
OUR UNIVERSITY AS A STUDENT.AND WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL STAY ENGAGED WITH FRESNO
STATE AS A PROFESSIONAL.TOGETHER WITH OUR THRIVING ALUMNI BASE, WE CAN AND
WE WILL DEFINE THE FUTURE OF FRESNO STATE IN EVERY WAY IMAGINABLE.ENROLLMENT.NEW
PROGRAMS.FACULTY.RESEARCH.PRIVATE SUPPORT.SERVICE AND ENGAGEMENT
WITH THE COMMUNITY. WE ARE UPDATING OUR CLASSROOMS AND
BUILDING EXCITING NEW FACILITIES.SUCH AS THE JORDAN RESEARCH CENTER THAT WILL EQUIP
FRESNO STATE STUDENTS WITH A WORLDCLASS VENUE TO DISCOVER AND INVESTIGATE THE MOST
SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND NATURAL RESOURCES.WE ARE MAKING
NECESSARY INVESTMENTS IN ACADEMICS AND ATHLETICS.SO THAT THE UNIVERSITY CAN
CONTINUE TO RISE TO NEW HEIGHTS.AND WE’RE ON THE FOREFRONT OF BRINGING
TECHNOLOGY INTO THE CLASSROOM WITH OUR NEW TABLET INITIATIVE CALLED
DISCOVERE.40 FACULTY MEMBERS ARE READY TO IMPLEMENT TABLET LEARNING IN THEIR
DAILY CLASSROOM CURRICULUM THIS FALL AS WE WORK TOWARDS OUR GOAL TO
MAKE TABLETS READILY AVAILABLE TO ALL FRESNO STATE STUDENTS.AS
FACULTY AND STAFF AT THE UNIVERSITY, OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL IS TO SEE YOU ACHIEVE
STUDENT SUCCESS.WE HOPE YOU HAVE FELT A STRONG LEVEL OF SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT
FROM US IN YOUR JOURNEY ON CAMPUS, AND HAVE GROWN ACADEMICALLY AND SOCIALLY. OUR ENROLLMENT THIS YEAR WAS AN ALLTIME
HIGH WITH MORE THAN 23,000 STUDENTS ON CAMPUS LAST FALL.WHILE THE UNIVERSITY
ALWAYS DOES ITS VERY BEST TO ACCEPT AS MANY STUDENTS FROM RIGHT
HERE IN OUR VALLEY AS POSSIBLE.WE ALSO SET AN ALLTIME RECORD
FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ON CAMPUS. [APPLAUSE] IT’S SUCH A SPECIAL DYNAMIC TO
SEE ON CAMPUS PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT CITIES AND COUNTRIES.DIFFERENT ETHNIC AND
SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS ALL COMING TOGETHER TO SHARE THE BULLDOG SPIRIT
AND HELP DEFINE OUR CAMPUS BY EMBRACING OUR UNIQUE DIFFERENCES. OUR CAMPUS TAG LINE IS
DISCOVERY, DIVERSITY, DISTINCTION. WE ARE INSPIRED BY ALUMNI
WHO HAVE WON OSCARS, EMMYS, PULTIZER PRIZES AND SUPER BOWLS. WE ARE MOTIVATED BY ALUMNI WHO HAVE
LAUNCHED INTO OUTER SPACE WITH NASA, HELPED PASS LEGISLATION ON CAPITOL HILL,
AND LANDED A NUMBER OF LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY ALL ACROSS THE
STATE AND COUNTRY.WE ARE A HUB OF DISCOVERY, PERFORMING RESEARCH THAT LEADS TO
REALWORLD APPLICATIONS EVERY DAY. WHETHER IT IS WATER TECHNOLOGY,
CANCER RESEARCH, OR THE PHYSICS TEAM INVESTIGATING OUR
UNIVERSE’S ORIGIN, FRESNO STATE STUDENTS ACROSS THE BOARD ARE GETTING VALUABLE
HANDS ON EXPERIENCE.WE PROUD OF OUR ALUMNI AND WHAT THEY HAVE ACCOMPLISH AND WE
ARE ANXIOUS TO SEE FROM ALL OF YOU. WHAT WILL BE YOUR IMPACT BE ON OUR SOCIETY,
OUR STATE OR OUR COMMUNITYALL OF YOU SITTING ON THE ARENA FLOOR TODAY ARE CAPABLE
OF SOMETHING THAT WILL INSPIRE OTHERS. PERHAPS YOUR NAME OR ACCOMPLISHMENT WILL BE
CELEBRATED BY THE UNIVERSITY IN THE YEARS TO COME.FOR THAT WE CAN’T
WAIT.CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES, IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE BOLD AND
IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE A BULLDOG. [APPLAUSE] AT THIS TIME I WOULD
LIKE TO INTRODUCE HUGO MORALES, MEMBER OF THE CSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, DR. CASTRO. BONGA, GOOD MORNING, IT’S
A PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO FRESNO STATE’S 103RD
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY THIS MORNING. WE SALUTE GRADUATING SENIORS AND GRADUATING
RECIPIENTS AS WELL AS FAMILY AND FACULTY AND FRIENDS THAT SUPPORTED THE GRADUATES THROUGH THEIR CAREERS.TODAY IS A MILESTONE
NOT ONLY FOR GRADUATES BUT FOR DR. CASTRO AS HE PRESIDES OVER HIS FIRST COMMENCEMENT OF THIS DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY.PRESIDENT
CASTRO THE BOARD THANKS FOR THE COMMUNITY VALLEY AND THE CALIFORNIA
STATE COLLEGE SYSTEM.OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU PRESIDENT CASTRO AND OUR
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2014. [APPLAUSE] I AM NOW PLEASED TO AWARD THIS
YEAR’S HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE AWARDED IN EXCELLENCE AND EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT
AND SIGNIFICANT ENDEAVORS OF HUMAN ENDEAVOR, THAT EMBODY THE IDEALS OF
THE CALIFORNIA STATE COLLEGE. THESE DEGREES HONOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE
TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, COLLECTIVELY TO ITS CAMPUSES AND
INDIVIDUALLY TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA OR THE UNITED STATES OR HUMANITY
AT LARGE.THEY RECOGNIZE MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE LIVES AND SIGNIFICANT
ACHIEVEMENTS SHOULD SERVE EXAMPLES OF TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR ITS
DIVERSE STUDENT BODY.PETER G. MEHAS, THE SON OF GREEK IMMIGRANTS LEARNED EARLY ON
ABOUT THE VALUE OF HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE FROM HIS PARENTS.WHO EMICIZED THAT ALL DREAMS
COULD BE ACHIEVED THROUGH EDUCATION.THE FIRST IN HIS FAMILY TO GRADUATE FROM
COLLEGE.AND HE BECAME A MENTOR AND FRIEND TO MANY FIRSTGENERATIONS
STUDENTS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. HE VALUED THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM HIS
PARENTS AS A YOUTH, HONEST DAY’S WORK AND INTEGRITY.HE IS REMEMBERED FOR HIS
UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO THE STUDENTS OF FRESNO AND YOUTH AND SPECIAL
NEED STUDENTS.PETE MEHAS GRADUATED FROM FRESNO HIGH SCHOOL AND ATTENED
FRESNO CITY COLLEGE AND TRANSFERRED TO FRESNO STATE.ACTIVE
ON THE CAMPUS IN FOOTBALL AND LOVED WRESTLING.AND HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE 1961 MERCY BOWL TEAM.HE EARNED A
BACHELOR’S DEGREE AND SEVERAL TEACHING AND ADMINISTRATIVE CREDENTIALS FROM
FRESNO STATE AND MASTER FROM UCLA AND DOCTORATE FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.DR. MEHAS CREDITED HIS TEACHERS AND COACHES FROM INSPIRING HIS CAREER.IN 1987
governor DEUKMEJIIAN APPOINTED HIM AS CHIEF EDUCATION ADVISOR
AND IN 1990 ELECTED TO THE FRESNO CALIFORNIA
SCHOOLS, THREE TIMES. SERVED THROUGH 2006. IN 1991 PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH
APPOINTED HIM OVER SPANISH AMERICANS.AND IN 199293 HE SERVED ON THE CALIFORNIA
BOARD OF EDUCATION.HIS FINAL ACT OF SERVICE FOR FRESNO STATE WAS CHAIRING THE SEARCH
COMMITTEE FOR THE EIGHTH PRESIDENT FOR 201213, WHICH OF COURSE WE
NOW HAVE OUR PRESIDENT CASTRO. A PRINCIPAL AND UNCOMPROMISING TO HELP
OTHERS ACHIEVE THEIR EDUCATION.HE WAS A LOVER OF HISTORY AND WRESTLING AND MASTER OF QUOTES
AND COULD OFTEN BE HEARD UTTERING THE WORDS, SEIZE THE DAY.TO STUDENTS, FRIENDS AND
COLLEAGUES, HE LOVED RECOUNTING THE WISDOM OF GREAT PHILOSOPHERS.IN RECOMMENDATION OF
HIS ACHIEVEMENTS AND OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS LOCALLY
AND regionally AND NATIONALLY, THE BOARD OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
AND CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FRESNO, ARE PROUD TO CONFER UPON PETER G. MEHAS
THE HONARY DOCTORATE OF HUMANE LETTERS. AND ACCEPTING ON HIS BEHALF
IS HIS WIFE, DEMI MEHAS. [APPLAUSE]>>THIS IS A LITTLE BIT INTIMIDATING.GOOD
MORNING, DR. CASTRO, TRUSTEE MORALES, TEACHERS, GRADUATES AND FRIENDS.I AM
HONORED AND PLEASED TO BE HERE TODAY TO ACCEPT THIS AWARD ON BEHALF OF MY HUSBAND, PETER.I KNOW THAT HE WOULD HAVE
BEEN DEEPLY HONORED TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THIS UNIVERSITY.WHICH
MEANT A GREAT DEAL TO HIM. WHEN I SAW THE DISTINGUISHED
LIST OF PAST RECIPIENTS, I KNEW THAT PETER WOULD BE HUMBLED TO BE INCLUDED AMONGST THEM.PETER’S PASSION
WAS EDUCATION.EDUCATION FOR EVERYONE AND THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT IT PROVIDES. IF PETER WERE HERE TODAY,
HE WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT
TO SEE IN THIS WORLD. AS YOU HAVE HEARD, MY HUSBAND OFTEN
CONCLUDED HIS SPEECHES WITH A QUOTE. I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS FINAL THOUGHT,
IT IS NOT HOW MANY YEARS YOU LIVE BUT HOW MUCH LIFE YOU HAVE IN THOSE YEARS. THANK YOU, AND CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, DEMI, AND THANK
YOU, TRUSTEE MORALES, AND YOU NOTICE THAT HE INSERTED THE
WORD WRESTLING A COUPLE OF TIMES. AND IN MY LAST CONVERSATION WITH DR. MEHAS,
HE BROUGHT UP THE TOPIC OF WRESTLING. IT’S DULY NOTED. FOR OUR GRADUATES TODAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THEIR CAREERS.AT THE SAME TIME
THIS MORNING MARKS THE ENDING OF PRIME TEACHING CAREERS OF A NUMBER OF
FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS WHO ARE RETIRING AND WHO ARE BEING HONORED BY THE
CONFERRAL OF EMERITUS STATUS. I WOULD LIKE TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO
OUR VIDEO BOARD WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL NAMES OF EMERITUS FACULTY AND STAFF WILL APPEAR.IN
ADDITION EMERITUS FACULTY ARE HONORED AT VARIOUS ACADEMIC CEREMONIES AND AT A
LUNCHEON HELD EACH FALL IN THEIR HONOR. WOULD THOSE EMERITI FACULTY AND STAFF WOULD
YOU STAND AS WE RECOGNIZE YOUR SERVICE TO CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FRESNO. [APPLAUSE] OUR VERY BEST WISHES TO
EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU. AT THIS TIME I ASK THAT YOU
JOIN ME IN A BRIEF MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING FACULTY
MEMBER THAT PASSED AWAY THIS ACADEMIC YEAR, WENDELL HOVEY FROM THE CIVIC
GEOMATICS ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT. THANK YOU.>>GOOD MORNING, I AM
ANDREW HOFF, INTERIM PROVOST, I ASK YOU TO HONOR THESE
FACULTY AND ASK THEM TO STAND. CHRISTOPHER LUCEY COUNCILOR OF EDUCATION. WILLIAM SKUBAN, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, IS ACKNOWLEDGED FOR EXEMPLARY
GRADUATE TEACHING AND MENTORING. YONGSHENG GAO IS ACKNOWLEDGED FOR
DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AND AND SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT. ARUN NAMBIAR IS ACKNOWLEDGED FOR
OUTSTANDING USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION. IN ADDITION TO THESE RECOGNITIONS THE
PROMISING NEW FACULTY AWARD RECOGNIZES FACULTY WHO HAVE LAUNCHED
EXCEPTIONALLY PROMISING CAREERS AND HAVE EARNED SIGNIFICANT DISTINCTION
DURING THE FIRST FEW YEARS ON CAMPUS. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE SEVEN NEW FACULTY AND ASK THEM TO STAND WHEN THEIR NAME IS ANNOUNCED: :50PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING
OUR FACULTY AWARD WINNERS. [APPLAUSE] :50WHILE EACH OF THESE AREAS IS IMPORTANT TO
THE CENTRAL WORK OF THE UNIVERSITY.NONE IS AS CRITICAL AS TEACHING.THEREFORE
WE HAVE ESTABLISHED AN AWARD FOR OVERALL EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THIS YEAR’S AWARD
RECIPIENT, PRISCILLA CHAFFESTENGEL, PROFESSOR OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND
DECISION SCIENCES, TO JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM. [APPLAUSE] :50 DR. CHAFFESTENGEL HAS BEEN AT
FRESNO STATE SINCE 1984, HER RESEARCH AND TEACHING ARE DEEPLY CONNECTED. :50A DEDICATEULTY MEMBER FOR 30 YEARS, SHE CARES ABOUT STUDENTS INSIDE
AND OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM. :50SHE DESIGNS ASSIGNMENTS THAT ALLOWS
STUDENT TO ENGAGE IN THE WORKPLACE AND TO APPLY PROBLEMS AND PRACTICAL SETTINGS. :50UNDER HER DIRECTION THE COURSES
AND DECISION SCIENCES IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE COORDINATE THE
SETS IN THE MULTISECTION OF COURSES IN THE CRAIG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS.SHE’S ON THREE EDUCATIONAL grants
THAT SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING. :50AS A RESULT OF HER WORK
THE COURSE IS RECOGNIZED UNDER THE CHANCELLOR’S
OFFICE OF ITS INITIATIVE. DR. CHAFFESTENGEL CONTINUES
TO PROMOTE COURSES WITH INNOVATIVE STUDENT DROPIN PROGRAM. :50AS INSTRUMENTAL IN SECURING
BUSINESS PARTNERS IN THE VALLEY, AND BRINGING CURRENT PRACTICES
INTO THE CLASSROOM.I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT PRISCILLA CHAFFESTENGEL FOR THE
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR TEACHING FOR 2014. [APPLAUSE] GOOD MORNING GRADUATES, FACULTY,
FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY, THIS IS A GREAT DAY.I WOULD LIKE TO
ADD MY WELCOME TO THE SIGNIFICANT DAY IN YOUR LIVES.I AM DELIGHTED TO BE ABLE
TO BRIEFLY ADDRESS YOU THIS MORNING. I DECIDED TO SHARE WITH YOU A STORY. A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO I WAS WORKING WITH A
COLLEAGUE TO PRODUCE A RESEARCH PROPOSAL. AS WE DESIGNED THE SCOPE AND FOCUS OF THE
PROPOSAL, WE DEVELOPED A LIST OF THINGS THAT EACH OF US WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR. MY SIDE OF THE LIST HAD A LOT
OF THINGS THAT I HAD TO DO. HIS SIDE OF THE LIST HAD A NUMBER
OF TITLES.THAT HE WOULD HAVE. AS I LOOKED AT THE LIST, I FROWNED AND SAID, HOW COME I GET ALL THE VERBS,
AND YOU GET ALL THE NOUNS? AT THE TIME I THOUGHT, SOMETHING WAS WRONG, THAT I WOULD BE DOING ALL THE WORK WHILE
SOMEONE ELSE WOULD REAP THE ACCOLADES. I NOW REALIZE THERE WAS AN
IMPORTANT NUGGET IN THAT MOMENT. AS I HAVE WORKED THESE PAST 30 YEARS AT FRESNO STATES ARE I HAVE
REALIZED HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO FOCUS ON WHAT YOU ARE DOING. TO FOCUS ON THOSE VERBS. KEEPING ATTENTION ON WHAT YOU ARE
DOING ALLOWS THOUGHT TO BECOME DEED, BELIEF TO BECOME ACTION, AND
CAN TURN IDEALISM INTO REALITY. AN IMPORTANT MORALE COMES WITH THE STORY,
IF YOU TRULY FOCUS ON YOUR PERFORMANCE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING, ON YOUR VERBS, IF YOU HONE YOUR PERFORMANCE TO ACHIEVE YOUR
GOALS DESPITE WHATEVER LIFE’S CHALLENGES AND PROBLEMS SEEM TO BE, THE PROMOTIONS, THE TITLES THE NOUNS IN
THIS LIFE WILL COME TO YOU. AS BUCKMAN STIFFLER POINTED OUT, NO MATTER
HOW CHALLENGING LIFE’S PROBLEMS SEEM TO BE, ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IN FACT IT’S ALMOST ALWAYS THAT BECAUSE OF
ONE PERSON THAT ALL THE CHANGES THAT MATTER IN THE WORLD COME ABOUT,
SO BE THAT ONE PERSON, IT’S THE VERBS IN LIFE
THAT DELIVER THE NOUNS. CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS DAY AND I HOPE YOU
CAPTURE A FEW GOOD NOUNS IN YOUR FUTURE. [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU. MR. PRESIDENT, 178 UNDERGRADUATE
STUDENTS COMPLETED DEGREE REQUIREMENT WITH A LATIN DESIGNATION SUMMA
CUM LAUDE NOTED ON THEIR DIPLOMAS, THEY HAVE COMPILED A GRADE POINT AVERAGE
OF 3.9 OR BETTER IN ALL WORK TAKEN AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FRENSO. THE INDIVIDUALS I WILL NOW ASK TO STAND HAVE
ACCOMPLISHED AN EVEN MORE REMARKABLE FEAT OF HAVING COMPILED A PERFECT 4.0
STRAIGHT A AVERAGE FOR ALL OF THE STUDIES. WILL THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS STAND AND
REMAIN STANDING AS I READ THEIR NAMES: AROOB SHAHIN ABDEL-HAMID, DAVID AGUILAR,
JESSICA LYNN ARNOLD, ALEXANDRA P. AXARY, RAYMOND ABRAHAM BRADNI, DANIELLE MARIE CAREY,
GABRIELLA ANGELA CASTILLO, ALYSSE W. CLARK, KAYLENE ANN DE BORD, CORINNE DENISE
DENHARTOG, KATHERINE MICHELE DORN, ADA MARGARITA GAETA, BRENDA GARIA LEMUS,
CHELSEA LIN GONG, BRENT MICHAEL HANSON, SHELBY ANNE JONES, ALINA CLAIRE MARRONE,
ANGELICA A. MARTINEZ, MORIAH RAIN MEHLMAN, MARCES ABEL MENDOZA, JENNA MICHELLE
MERSEREAU, LAWTON HIGGINS NICHOLS, HAZEL ALARCON OKIALDA, RUZAN ORKUSYAN,
SARAH ELIZABETH PALMER, DINA PABIC, JOESPHINE MORGAN PEREZ, HEATHER
MARIE PIEARCY, REBECCA MARY PINGS, LARISSA NYKOLE ROJAS, CHETAN SINGH SANDHU,
TYLER DODGE SIMMONS, KATHLEEN ANNE SORENSON, MIRIAM SOTO, KATHRYN ALEXANDRA UPDYKE, ESTHER
GRACE VERRINDER, AND KIMBERLY GAIL WHEELER. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR
PERFECT 4.0 GRADE AVERAGE. YOU MAY BE SEATED. [APPLAUSE] THE SMITTCAMP FAMILY HONORS
COLLEGE SERVES AS AN UMBRELLA FOR THREE TYPES ON HONORS PROGRAMS ON CAMPUS. UNIVERSITY, WHICH ARE THE PRESIDENT HONOR
SCHOLARS, SCHOOL AND COLLEGE AND DEPARTMENT. INITIALLY FUNDED THROUGH A GENEROUS GIFT FROM
EARL AND MURIEL SMITTCAMP AND THEIR FAMILY. THE PRESIDENT SCHOLARSHIP IS THE LARGEST
INDIVIDUAL AWARDED BY THE UNIVERSITY. AND PROVIDES TWO YEARS OF
FUNDING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS. ALL THOSE SERVING AS AMBASSADORS OF THE
UNIVERSITY AND REPRESENTED THE UNIVERSITY IN MANY WAYS THROUGHOUT
THEIR ACADEMIC CAREERS. THEY PERFROM HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF COMMUNITY
SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE FRESNO AREA. THE PRESIDENT SCHOLARS ARE IDENTIFIED
BY A GREEN SASH WORN OVER THEIR ROBES. I WOULD NOW LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR
HONOR’S COLLEGE PRESIDENT SCHOLARS, PLEASE STAND AS I CALL YOUR NAME: Aroob
Abdelhamid, Elaina Aceves, Miriam Ahmad, Jessica Arnold, Anne Badasci, Blaize
Banevedes, April Booth, Jessica Boujikian, Ryan Brisco, Elizabeth Brown, Bryan
Chow, Jaime Cook, Bethany Correia, Corinne DenHartog, olman Dennis, Courtney
DeWitt, Shelby Fredrickson, Andrew Gabriel, Chelsea Gong, Alyssa Gutnik, Deanna Halliday,
Brent Hanson, Emily Hentschke, Shelby Jones, Alexi Kimura, Zoe Kisling, Kayla
Lawler, German Marquez, Alina Marrone, Jenna Mersereau, Lauryn Moles, Parker
Nalchajian, Lawton Nichols, Ruzan Orkusyan, Maria Ortega, Bradley Parson, Kori Peterson,
Ashley Peton, Rebecca Pings, Joseph Rea, Hannah Richardson, Alisa Shimada, Sierra
Spitulski, James Stinecipher, Luke Vera, Daniel Ward, Denton Watkins,
anf Megan Zwetsloot CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE] YOU MAY BE SEATED. MR. PRESIDENT, APPROXIMATELY 4,675
STUDENTS HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE FOR THE 2013-14
ACADEMIC YEAR, AND HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE FACULTY FOR GRADUATION.AS I INVITE
EACH DEAN OF EACH COLLEGE IN EACH SCHOOL, TO PRESENT THEIR BACCALAUREATE CANDIDATES
AND THE DEAN AWARDS, I ASK THAT THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF EACH CANDIDATE PARTICIPATE IN
THE RECOGNITION OF THE STUDENTS BY STANDING WHEN THE CANDIDATES ARE ASKED TO STAND. THUS EVERYONE INVOLVED IN OUR
GRADUATE’S SUCCESSES IS ACKNOWLEDGED. WILL THE DEANS COME FORWARD
TO PRESENT THE CANDIDATES.>>GOOD MORNING. I AM CHARLES BOYER, DEAN OF THE
JORDAN COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY, WILL GERMAN MARQUEZ
ALCALA, AND MINH NGUYEN LE, STEP FORWARD. GERMAN, WILL YOU JOIN ME. GERMAN IS GRADUATING WITH THE 4.0 GPA,
MAJORING IN AGRICULTURE OF BUSINESS AND PART OF THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES HONOR PROGRAM. HE HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN UNDERGRADUATE
RESEARCH AND AGRICULTURE BUSINESS WORKING ON SUSTAINABLE ECONOMICS, THE
FUTURE OF THE PRODUCE INDUSTRY AND THE ARTS AND HUMANITY PROGRAM WORKING
ON THE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS KANTIAN APPROACH. HE’S HELD NUMEROUS LEADERSHIP
ROLES, INCLUDING PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL SCHOLARS FOR 2013-14. HE ACQUIRED INDUSTRIAL
EXPERIENCE INCLUDING INTERNSHIP WITH THE CALIFORNIA RAISIN MARKETING BOARD. HE WAS NAMED THE AMERICAN DEGREE,
THE HIGHEST MEMBERSHIP AWARD FOR FUTURE FARMER WAS AMERICA AND U.S. PRESIDENT VOLUNTEER
SERVICE AWARD AT THE GOLD LEVEL. AMONG HIS IMPRESSIVE COMMUNITY SERVICES
INCLUDES ORGANIZING A CARNIVAL FOR PATIENTS AT THE CHILDREN HOSPITAL AND NOW THIS
IS AN ANNUAL EVENT FOR THE HOSPITAL. GERMAN HAS ACCEPTED A FULLRIDE
SCHOLARSHIP AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY, ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS
UNIVERSITIES IN AGRICULTURE BUSINESS. THIS FULLRIDE SCHOLARSHIP WILL SUPPORT HIM
THROUGH HIS COMPLETION OF THE PHD DEGREE. THE JORDAN COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE IS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE GERMAN MARQUEZ
ALCALA, AS A RECIPIENT FOR 201314. [APPLAUSE] JAMES, PLEASE JOIN ME. JAMES LE, COMPLETED HIS ASSOCIATE
DEGREE FROM FRESNO COLLEGE WITH A MAJOR IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, IS THEN ENTERED
FRESNO STATE AND EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY IN MAY, 2013. DURING HIS LAST SEMESTER AS AN UNDERGREAT
HE BEGAN TAKING GRADUATE COURSES AND FOUND HIS PASSION FOR LEARNING.HE
IS GRADUATING WITH HIS MASTER’S DEGREE IN TWO SEMESTERS WITH A 4.0 GPA. JAMES HAS BEEN A VOLUNTEER FOR
THREE YEARS WITH THE FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA FIELD DAY TECHNOLOGY
COMPETITION AND REPORTED NUMEROUS HOURS FOR HINTON MULTICULTURAL CENTER. AT THIS CENTER HE WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP A COMPUTER NETWORK
FOR THE ADMINISTRATION. HE DIRECTED A TEAM FOR THE INSTALLATION
AND MAINTENANCE OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM THAT HAS 14 OPERATING SYSTEMS
WHICH INCLUDE THE SYSTEM SECURITY. THE DIRECTOR FOR THE CENTER NOTED THAT
JAMES IS INTELLIGENT, HAS A HIGH WORK ETHIC, POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND DEMONSTRATED
LEADERSHIP AND DILIGENCE. WHILE COMPLETING HIS DEGREE HE
SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF EPSILON PITAU, AND SERVED AS A ROLE MODEL FOR
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN THE DEPARTMENT. THE JORDAN COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY IS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE MR. JAMES LE, AS RECIPIENT OF
OUR GRADUATE DEAN’S MEDALIST FOR 2013-14. [APPLAUSE] WILL THE FACULTY OF THE JORDAN
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY PLEASE STAND, WILL THE
CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE FOR THE JORDAN COLLEGE OF
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS PLEASE STAND. [APPLAUSE] MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF THE FACULTY OF
THE JORDAN COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY, I PRESENT OUR
CANDIDATES TO YOU.CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE] YOU MAY BE SEATED.>>I AM JOSE DIAZ, THE ASSOCIATE DEAN
FOR COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES STANDING IN FOR DEAN SAMIIAN.WILL KEVIN PIERCY
AND BRADLEY RUTLEDGE PLEASE STEP FORWARD. KEVIN, CAN YOU PLEASE JOIN ME. KEVIN PIERCY AN ARMY VETERAN WILL GRADUATE
CUMMA CUM LAUDE WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS, AND HE SERVED IN THE ARMY AS A HUMAN
INTELLIGENCE COLLECTOR, AND SERVED IN IRAQ WHERE HE EARNED THE ACCOMMODATION
COMMODATION MEDAL.IN 2010 [APPLAUSE] IN 2010 HE STRUGGLED WITH POSTTRAUMATIC
STRESS DISORDER AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER IN AFGHANISTAN.AFTER
RETURNING FROM IRAQ, KEVIN BECAME INVOLVED WITH IRAQ VETERANS WITH THE WAR, AND RETURNING TO SCHOOL HE FELT HE WAS GIVEN
A SECOND CHANCE AND RAISED HIS GPA TO 3.89 AND IN HIS WORDS, FELL
IN LOVE WITH PHILOSOPHY. HE IS A COCAPTAIN FOR DELTA SIGMA INVOLVED
WITH VETERANS OF WAR.AND PART OF THE SOCIETY OF RED, WHITE AND BLUE, AND
ON THE PRESIDENT’S MOCK TEAM, KEVIN WILL ATTEND UCLA LAW SCHOOL WITH
THE GOAL OF A CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY. I PRESENT TO YOU THE DEAN’S MEDALIST FOR THE
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES, KEVIN PIERCY. [APPLAUSE] WILL BRADLEY RUTLEDGE PLEASE STEP FORWARD. BRADLEY RUTLEDGE, WITH A 4.0
GPA IS OUR GRADUATE MEDALIST, AS A FORMER SMITTCAMP HONORS
SCHOLAR, BRADLEY WAS SELECTED FOR BOTH OF THE GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
AND THE DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIP. HE WAS A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE
WOOD ORCHESTRA, AND WORKS FOR MUSIC WITH LOVE PROVIDING MUSIC LESSONS
TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN THAT MAY NOT BE HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY OTHERWISE. BRADLEY IS PLANNING TO PURSUE A DOCTORATE
AS I PRESENT TO YOU BRADLEY RUTLEDGE. WILL THE FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE OF
ARTS AND HUMANITIES PLEASE STAND. WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELOR’S
DEGREE IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES, AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS PLEASE STAND. [APPLAUSE] MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF THE
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES, I PRESENT OUR CANDIDATES TO YOU. YOU MAY BE SEATED.>>GOOD MORNING. I AM JODY HIRONAKAJUTEAU, INTERIM DEAN
OF THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND SERVICES. WILL EMILY BOSH AND KARINA
HARRIS PLEASE STEP FORWARD. EMILY, WILL YOU PLEASE JOIN ME. MS.BOSH COMPLETED HER UNDERGRADUATE
WORK AND HER COMMITMENT IN COMMUNITY SERVICE IS VERY STRONG. SHE WAS ELECTED BY HERE PEERS
IMPACTING THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ALLOWING HER TO HONE
CRITICAL SKILLS IN COMMERCIAL RECREATION AND EVENT PLANNING, TO ENSURE THAT
PEOPLE HAVE A HIGHER QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGH RECREATIONAL EXPERIENCES. AS AN ASI MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE SHE
SPOKE ON BEHALF OF HER COLLEAGUES. WITH COMMUNICATION THAT WOULD
LEAD TO ENHANCED COLLABORATION IN THE WORKFORCE IS CERTAINLY VALUED. IT’S THROUGH SUCH INTERPROFESSIONAL
AND COLLABORATIVE WORK THAT OUR GRADUATES CAN BE
BEST SERVED IN OUR REGION. MS. BOSH WILL MAKE A COMMITMENT TO HER
COMMUNITY AND BEYOND, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WITNESSING HER INFLUENCE AND IMPACT. I PRESENT TO YOU THE DEAN MEDALIST
FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, MS. EMILY BOSH. WILL MS. KARINA HARRIS
PLEASE STEP FORWARD.MS. HARRIS IS GRADUATING WITH A MASTER’S
OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS, SHE OBTAINED A 4.0 THROUGHOUT
HER STUDIES AND RECEIVED AWARDS SUCH AS TOKALON WOMEN’S HONOR
SOCIETY, A WOMAN OF DISTINCTION AWARD. A JUMPSTART SPARK AWARD. HER THESIS FOCUSED ON SPEECH THERAPY
TECHNIQUES IN THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING POPULATION,
FOCUSED ON ONE NOT YET STUDIED. SHE HAS AN INTEREST AND PASSION FOR RESEARCH AND
TEACHING OF HIGHER EDUCATION. SELECTED FOR THE DEAN’S MEDALIST FOR HER
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS AND HER PLANS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY WITH SPEECH THERAPIST
AND FOCUSED IN DISORDERS AND DEAF STUDIES. :50SHE’S A PRIME CANDIDATE TO ENSURE
THAT CENTRAL CALIFORNIA LIVES WELL. I PRESENT TO YOU THE GRADUATE DEAN
MEDALIST FOR THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, MS. KARINA HARRIS. [APPLAUSE] :50WILL THE FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PLEASE STAND.WILL
THE CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES,
THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS PLEASE STAND. [APPLAUSE] :50MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF THE FACULTY
OF THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, I PRESENT OUR CANDIDATES
TO YOU.YOU MAY BE SEATED. [APPLAUSE]>>:50GOOD MORNING.I AM BOB HARPER,
DEAN OF THE CRAIG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS. WILL BRENDA GARCIA LEMUS, AND
KURTIS WILLEY STEP FORWARD. :50BRENDA, WILL YOU JOIN ME. BRENDA GARCIA IS OUR FIRST DEAN’S
MEDALIST FROM THE ECONOMIC DEPARTMENT THAT JOINED THE CRAIG SCHOOL IN AUGUST, 2012. BRENDA HAS FINISHED IN THREE YEARS WITH A 4.0
GPA AND THE FIRST ECONOMIC MAJOR TO COMPLETE IN THE CRAIG SCHOOL PROGRAM TO COMPLETE
HER HONOR’S THESIS THIS SEMESTER CONCERNING MISMATCH IN FRESNO. :50SHE IS ACCEPTED IN NUMEROUS DISTINGUISHED
GRADUATE PROGRAMS.IN THE FALL BRENDA WILL PURSUE OR MASTER’S DEGREE AT DUKE
UNIVERSITY ON A FULLSCHOLARSHIP. THE FRESNO CHAPTER OF PSI
KAPPA PSI HAS PRESENTED BRENDA AND I AM SURE SHE WILL DO WELL, I PRESENT TO
YOU THE DEAN’S MEDALIST IN THE CRAIG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, BRENDA GARCIA LEMUS. :50KURTIS, WILL YOU STEP FORWARD. KURTIS WILLEY IS A GRADUATE FROM THE
EXECUTIVE CRAIG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS WHERE HE MAINTAINED A 4.0 GPA AND
THE FIRST GRADUATE DEAN MEDALIST FROM OUR EXECUTIVE PROGRAM. :50THIS IS QUITE A CHANGE FROM HIS
INITIAL PERFORMANCE IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE THAT HE WILL ACCOUNT THAT HIS
GRADES WERE LESS THAN STELLAR. AND HE STAYED FOR ANOTHER SEMESTER AND
DISCOVERED HIS PASSION IN BUSINESS. HE IS RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE AND SERVED
IN DISTRICT 5 AND LATER UNANIMOUSLY SELECTED AS THE FRESNO CHAPTER REPUBLICAN PARTY. KURTIS OVERSEES ACCOUNTS THAT ACCOUNT
60% OF THE COMPANY REVENUES.I PRESENT TO YOU THE DEAN’S MEDALIST FOR THE
CRAIG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, KURTIS WILLEY. [APPLAUSE] :50WILL THE FACULTY FROM THE CRAIG
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS PLEASE STAND. :50WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELOR’S
DEGREE IN THE CRAIG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS PLEASE
STAND AND MAKE SOME NOISE. [APPLAUSE] :50MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF THE
FACULTY OF THE CRAIG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, I PRESENT OUR CANDIDATES TO YOU. [APPLAUSE] YOU MAY BE SEATED.>>:50I AM SUSAN ELROD, DEAN OF THE
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS. WILL AROOB ABDELHAMID AND
NICOLE JONES JOIN ME ON STAGE. :50AROOB, PLEASE JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM. AROOB IS A SMITTCAMP FAMILY HONORS COLLEGE
STUDENT WITH A MAJOR IN NATURAL SCIENCE AND A MINOR IN MATHEMATICS.SHE’S
EARNED A PERFECT 4.0 GPA AND SERVING IN THE RETAIL PROGRAM OF DR. ALAM HASSON WITH
WORK CONTRIBUTING TO PAPERS IN PREPARATION FOR OTHER PEER REVIEW SCIENTIFIC
JOURNALS.SHE’S MADE SEVEN RESEARCH PRESENTATION TWO AT WHICH WERE AT THE COUNCIL
PROGRAM.AND SHE’S WORKED ON OUTREACH EVENTS WITH THE PHYSIC OUTREACH PROGRAM IN FRESNO
STATE CHEMISTRY CLUB AND HAS A PASSION THROUGH THESE EVENTS FOR TEACHING AND HAS
HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT ON MANY STUDENTS THAT HAVE ATTENDED THESE EVENTS. :50AROOB PLANS TO FOLLOW HER DREAM TO DO
RESEARCH AND TEACHING BY OBTAINING A PHD IN ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND WAS
ACCEPTED TO FOUR GRADUATE PROGRAMS HAVING TO MAKE THE HARD CHOICE TO GO TO THE
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER, WHICH IS ONE OF THE TOP SCHOOLS IN THE
NATION TO STUDY ATMOSPHERE CHEMISTRY. :50AS SHE PURSUES HER DOCTORAL DEGREE, I AM
CONVINCED SHE WILL CONTINUE TO BREAK BARRIERS AND MAKE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS
BOTH TO THE DISCIPLINE OF CHEMISTRY AND WITH THE INFLUENCE ON STUDENTS THAT
SHE CONTINUES TO HAVE CONTACT WITH. PLEASE CONGRATULATE AROOB ABDELHAMID. :50WILL NICOLE JONES PLEASE STEP FORWARD. NICOLE GRADUATED IN DECEMBER SUMMA CUM LAUDE
WITH A PERFECT 4.0 GPA IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MATH AND SCIENCE WITH SPECIALTY
IN GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY.HER RESEARCH, TITLED MEXICAN ORGENTATION
AND ANGLO ORIENTATION OF STRESSORS WAS THE FIRST AUTHORED PAPER
TO THE HISPANIC JOURNAL OF SCIENCES. IN ADDITION HAS SPEARHEADED TWO PROJECTS
WITH TWO PROFESSORS, AND PRESENTED HER WORK AT TWO NATIONAL AND ONE
LOCAL RESEARCH CONFERENCES. :50DURING HER GRADUATE WORK SHE WAS A
RECIPIENT OF SEVERAL PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AND ACTIVE
TEACHING WITH OTHERS IN THE DEPARTMENT.AND WON
THE TEACHING AWARD IN 2013. NICOLE IS ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE SHE’S
BEEN PART OF THE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM IN 2012. IN THIS ROLE SHE VISITS RESIDENTIAL CARE
FACILITIES TO MONITOR AND PREVENT ABUSE. :50SHE WILL BE PURSUING HER
STUDIES BY CONTINUING WITH A PHD IN PSYCHOLOGY.PLEASE CONGRATULATE WITH ME NICOLE JONES THE GRADUATE
DEGREE PROGRAM OF SCIENCE AND MATH. :50NOW WILL THE FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE
OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS PLEASE STAND. :50WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELOR’S
DEGREE IN THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS PLEASE STAND ALONG
WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. [APPLAUSE] :50MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF THE FACULTY
OF THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS, I PRESENT OUR CANDIDATES
TO YOU.YOU MAY BE SEATED.>>:50GOOD MORNING. I AM PAUL BEARE, DEAN OF
THE COLLEGE OF KREMEN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. WITH POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
IN TEACHING LEADERSHIP AND COUNSELING CAREERS.AN UNDERGRADUATE
MAJOR IS AWARDED IN DISCIPLINE STUDIES IN THE MULTIPLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIAL. WILL NEREVDA DOMINGUEZ AND
CLIFFORD FRAZIER STEP FORWARD. :50NAREV DADOMINGUEZ, LIKE MANY OF OUR
STUDENTS ARE FIRSTYEAR COLLEGE STUDENT AND HER SECONDGRADE TEACHER HELPED HER
OVERCOME HER LANGUAGE BARRIER.AND NOW NEREVDA HAS THE GIFT OF BILINGUALISM, TO BELIEVE
THAT EVERY TEACHER SHOULD ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THEIR STUDENTS.AN OUTSTANDING STUDENT
EARNING 4.0 GPA IN THE LAST SIX SEMESTERS AND ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL
AND VOLUNTEERING TUTORING AND MENTORING AS SHE COMPLETED THE PROGRAM. VOLUNTEER WORK HAS INCLUDED WITH
INVOLVEMENT WITH THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF BILINGIAL EDUCATAION AND
ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATION EDUCATORS. :50NEREVDA HAS WORKED WITH DR. SUSAN TRACZ
AND SINGLE HANDEDLY CREATE THE POWERPOINTS FOR THE PROGRAM SHE CREATED A
MANAGEMENT AND ONLINE NEWSLETTER. :50RECENTLY NEREVDA CREATED A DICTORY FOR THE CONSORTIUM.AND HOLDS
INFORMATION SESSIONS EASY FOR ME TO SAY, AND ATTENDING VARIOUS MEETINGS
TO TALK ABOUT THE PROGRAM. :50ASIDE FOR WORKING FOR THE KREMEN
SCHOOL NEREVDA IS PART OF THE FOUNDATION AS A MORNING TUTOR IN AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE STUDIES FOR FIRST THROUGH FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS.AND ALSO
WORKS WITH FIVE KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS AND ASSISTS THE TEACHER WITH INSTRUCTION. ALONG WITH HER PAID WORK, NEREVDA VOLUNTEERS IN A KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM
HELPING AS NEEDED. :50NEREVDA SAYS THAT A SIMPLE SMILE FROM
A STUDENT ALWAYS REMINDS ME WHY I WANT TO BE A TEACHER.THIS IS
AN OUTSTANDING STUDENT. SHE EPITOMIZES FRESNO STATE AS A
TRANSITIONAL STUDENT, SHE WILL IN TURN TEACH IN OUR COMMUNITY AND TRANSFORM
HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS EDUCATING AND GIVING THEM THEIR BEST
HOPE FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE. MONDAY MORNING STARTING IN FRESNO
UNIFIED LEADING IN A TEACHING DEGREE OVER THE NEXT TWO SEMESTERS.RECEIVING
AN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. :50PLEASE CONGRATULATE NEREVDA AS SHE’S
IS DESERVING OF THIS SPECIAL AWARD. :50CLIFFORD.CURRENTLY CLIFFORD IS
EMPLOYED AS THE RESIDENT DIRECTOR OF UNIVERSITY COURTYARD WHILE HE COMPLETED
HIS MASTER’S IN COUNSELING WITH A 4.0 GPA IN THAT PROGRAM, AND HIS PROGRAM WAS BLACK
MALE COMPLETION IN THE AMERICAN SYSTEM, :50AND CLIFFORD HAS LIVED THAT JOURNEY. AS RESIDENT DIRECTOR CLIFFORD HAS
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WELFARE OF 600 COLLEGE STUDENTS PROVIDING
CRISIS AND DAYTODAY COUNSELING ALONG WITH SUPERVISING RESIDENT
DIRECTORS AND ADVISORS AND OTHER ASSISTANTS.HE?S ALSO WORKED
IN THE EDUCATIONAL COUNSELING PROGRAM AND STUDENT AMBASSADOR
FOR UNIVERSITY OUTREACH. :50HIS STUDENT AMBASSADOR ROLE
BROUGHT HIM IN CONTACT WITH HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS NEEDING ADVISE AND COUNSELING.MR. FRAZIER HAS HAD A NUMBER OF LEADERSHIP
POSITIONS IN HIS GRADUATE PROGRAM. HE’S A TRAINER WITH THE INSTITUTE
AND CHAIR OF THE PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR PSI SIGMA PI.AND PRESIDENT OF THE
MINISTRY AT FRESNO BAPTIST CHURCH, AND CHAIR OF THE BLACK MALE UNITED. A MEMBER OF THE PI SOCIETY AND WORKS
WITH THE COALITION BUILDING INSTITUTE. :50DR. SUSSAN TRACZ WROTE,
ASIDE FROM HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, MR. FRAZIER IS A DEDICATED SUPPORT PERSON. HE’S A HARD WORKER AND TEAM
PLAYER AND HIGH PROFESSIONAL. :50I AGREE WITH SUSAN’S STATEMENT,
CLIFFORD WAS SHAPED FROM AN UNDERGRADUATE TO AN OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL.HE
HAD A DIFFICULT EARLY CHILD BUT A LOVING GRANDMOTHER AND SIBLINGS
HELPED HIM BECOME THE MAN HE IS TODAY. I SELDOM KNOW A STUDENT THAT IS
SO COMMITTED TO GREAT THINGS. I AM HONORED TO NAME CLIFFORD
FRAZIER TO THIS AWARD FOR 2014. :50WILL THE FACULTY OF THE KREMEN
SCHOOL EDUCATION PLEASE STAND. :50WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELOR’S
DEGREE FOR KREMEN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY AND FRIEND PLEASE STAND. :50MR. PRESIDENT, I PRESENT TO YOU
THE CANDIDATES FROM THE KREMEN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. [APPLAUSE] YOU MAY BE SEATED. :50MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD ALSO
LIKE TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT MANY CANDIDATES HAVE
COMPLETED REQUIREMENTS FOR TEACHING CREDENTIALS.WORK DONE IN A
CREDENTIAL PROGRAM IN ADDITION TO WORK IN MAJOR FIELDS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH THE
NECESSARY PREPARATION WHICH THEY WILL APPLY IN FILLING THEIR VARIOUS
ROLES IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I CONGRATULATE THEM FOR
THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. [APPLAUSE]>>:50I AM LUZ GONZALEZ, THE DEAN OF
THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES. WILL MARIA ORTEGA AND DALIA HAITAYAN
PLEASE STEP FORWARD AND JOIN ME ON STAGE. [APPLAUSE] :50MARIA ORTEGA COMPLETED A BA DEGREE
IN POLITICAL SCIENCE WITH A 4.0 GPA AND A SECOND MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY WITH
A GPA OF 3.9, EARNING HER A SEAT IN THE SMITTCAMP HONORS COLLEGE. :50MARIA IS A SALLY CASANOVA AND
RONALD MCNEAR SCHOLAR AND A MEMBER OF THE PI KAPPA PHI AND THE GOLDEN
KEY INTERNATIONAL HONOR’S SOCIETY. :50SHE IS THE RECIPIENT OF NUMEROUS
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS INCLUDING THE JESSE RUSHING AND THE BET PETER AWARDS. MARIA ARRIVED IN THE UNITED
STATES AT A YOUNG AGE. HER HUNGER FOR AN EDUCATION
AND HER COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE WAS THE
DRIVING FORCE BEHIND HER SUCCESS. :50IN HIGH SCHOOL SHE JOINED
CALIFORNIA FOR JUSTICE AND FOCUSED ON REMEDY THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE. HER EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE EDUCATIONAL
CONDITIONS OF MINORITY YOUTH PROMPTED HER TO JOIN THE MEXICAN LIBERATION ASSOCIATION
AND UNION OF CALIFORNIA AND META, ALL ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO IMPROVE THE
SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICALAL CONSCIENCE OF HISTORICALLY UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY. :50MARIA’S GOAL IS TO EARN A PHD IN
SOCIOLOGY AND RETURN TO THE CENTRAL VALLEY AS A PROFESSOR TO INSPIRE VALLEY
STUDENTS TO PURSUE AN EDUCATION. ACCEPTED TO BROWN UNIVERSITY
ON A FULL SCHOLARSHIP WHERE SHE WILL PURSUE A PHD THIS FALL, 2014. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I PRESENT TO YOU THE
UNDERGRADUATE DEAN’S MEDALIST OF THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, MARIA ORTEGA. :50WILL DALIA HAITAYAN PLEASE STEP FORWARD. AN ACCOMPLISHED GRADUATE STUDENT WHO
COMPLETED A MASTER’S OF ARTS IN HISTORY WITH A PERFECT 4.0, WHILE AT FRESNO STATE. SHE ALSO EARNED PRESIDENT AND DEAN
LIST DISTINCTIONS.AND INDUCTED INTO THE PHI ALPHA BETA HISTORY
SOCIETY AND MEMBER OF MANY FELLOWSHIP, INCLUDING ROBERT AND BETHA CRAIG SCHOLARSHIP. :50DALIA COMES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
BY HER PROFESSORS.DR. ROBERTS HAD THIS IS AN
ABOUT DALIA’S RESEARCH. :50SHE HAS UNDERTAKEN THE FIRSTEVER
EXAMINATION OF EVANGELICAL TO FRESNO SUBURBS. A FASITATING TOPIC THAT BRINGS TOGETHER
ISSUES OF CONSERVISM, RELIGION AND RACE AND SUBURBANIZATION OF
HOW WE UNDER THE INTERPLAY OF THESE FORCES IN AMERICAN HISTORY. :50SIMPLY PUT, NO SCHOLAR HAS EVER
STUDIED THE CENTRAL VALLEY’S LARGEST CITY THROUGH THE LENS OF THESE
FORCES.IT WAS NO SURPRISE TO US THAT DALIA WOULD BE ACCEPTED
THIS FALL INTO THE PHD PROGRAM IN HISTORY AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I PRESENT TO YOU
THE DEAN’S MEDALIST FROM THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE, DALIA HAITAYAN. :50WILL THE FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE
OF SOCIAL SCIENCES PLEASE STAND. WILL THE CANDIDATES BACHELOR’S DEGREE
OF THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS PLEASE STAND. [APPLAUSE] :50MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF THE
FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, I PRESENT TO YOU OUR CANDIDATES.YOU
MAY BE SEATED.>>:50I AM RAM NUNNA, DEAN OF THE COLLEGE
OF ENGINEERINGING, WILL KATHRYN UPDYKE AND ANTHONY CEMO PLEASE STEP FORWARD. :50KATHRYN UPDYKE GRADUATED WITH A
PERFECT 4.0 GPA, IN THE HONORS PROGRAM OF ENGINEERING, AND WITH A
FOUR-YEAR BOEING SCHOLARSHIP. AS A STUDENT KATHRYN WORKED ON MANY PROJECTS. WORKING WITH HER WAS DR. GREGORY
GREEN, AND CREATED A HOLOGRAM. :50THIS IS NO SMALL FEAT,
COMPLETING INTERNSHIPS AND WORKED AS AN ASSISTANT IN THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING. VERY ACTIVE. :50SCHOOL PRIDE WAS VERY IMPORTANT
TO HER, AND SHE’S HAPPY TO SAY THAT FRESNO STATE GIVE HER A NEW IDENTITY
AS A PERSON.KATHRYN IS CURRENTLY SERVING AS AN ENGINEER IN CALIFORNIA AND LOOKS
FORWARD TO A STRONG CAREER AHEAD. MR. PRESIDENT I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT
FOR THE DEAN’S MEDALIST OF COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, KATHRYN UPDYKE. :50ANTHONY CEMO GRADUATED
WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING WITH A PERFECT 4.0 GPA. HE IS WORKING IN THE FIRM CONSULTING
ENGINEERING AND WORKING ON PUBLIC UTILITY AND WATER RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. AS A GRADUATE STUDENT ANTHONY WAS
ACTIVE IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY CHAPTERS, AND SERVED AS A LAB INSTRUCTOR AND TEACHING
ASSISTANT.TEACHING FLUID MECHANICS.ANTHONY’S RESEARCH ON PRESENTED BEFORE THE
SOCIETY OF GEOCONFERENCE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA.ANTHONY IS ACTIVE AND
SERVING IN THE SAN JOAQUIN PARKS AND FRESNO PARKS.WITH A STRONG
HISTORY IN CIVIL ENGINEERING, ANTHONY LOOKS FORWARD TO
A STRONG CAREER HEAD. MR. PRESIDENT, I PRESENT TO YOU ANTHONY CEMO. :50WILL THE FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE
OF ENGINEERING PLEASE STAND. WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELOR’S
DEGREE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS PLEASE STAND. :50MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF THE
FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, I PRESENT OUR CANDIDATES
TO YOU, YOU MAY BE SEATED.>>:50GOOD MORNING. I AM CAROLYN COON, INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT
OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AND DEAN OF STUDENTS. WILL SEAN KIERNAN AND JOSE
ARREZOLA PLEASE COME FORWARD. :50SEAN CAME TO FRESNO STATE WITH A
DESIRE TO SERVE HIS CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY IN THE HIGHEST CAPACITY POSSIBLE. HE HAS FAR EXCEEDED WHAT HE
COULD HAVE IMAGINED FOUR YEARS WHEN HE ARRIVED ON CAMPUS. SEAN IS A STUDENT ADVOCATE
SERVING AS RESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS. :50SOME ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE
CREATING A CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE BIKE THEFT, HELPING TO ORGANIZE A STUDENT
MARCH IN SACRAMENTO, AND BRINGING THE FIRST
VOTING POLLING TO CAMPUS. HE IS HONORED WITH THE STUDENT
ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD. :50IN FEBRUARY MR. KIERNAN
WAS JOINED TO WELCOME MANY TO FRESNO TO HELP IN THE CLASSROOM. :50SEAN HAS EARNED A SPOT ON THE
PRESIDENT’S LIST SEVEN SEMESTERS AND THE DEAN’S LIST EIGHT SEMESTERS.AS
A POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR WITH A MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY AND CERTIFICATE IN LEGAL
STUDIES, SEAN PLANS TO USE HIS EDUCATION FROM FRESNO STATE AS A FOUNDATION
FOR CAREER AND LAW IN POLITICS. :50SEAN HAS BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN STUDENT
ADVOCACY ISSUES AND HAS MADE A DIFFERENT TO THE SYSTEM AND OUR UNIVERSITY.IT’S
A PLEASURE AND AN HONOR TO PRESENT THE UNDERGRADUATE
DEAN’S MEDALIST FOR THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS, SEAN KIERNAN. :50JOSE ARREZOLa IS GRADUATING WITH A
DEGREE IN PUBLIC HEALTH.AS AN UNDERGRADUATE FROM FRESNO STATE EARNING A
BACHELOR DEGREE IN HEALTH SCIENCE IN SPANISH.THROUGH HIS
ENROLLMENT AS UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENT HE’S
HAD AN ARRAY OF SERVICE IN THE HEALTH FIELD INCLUDING
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AND EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION. :50DUE TO HIS EXPERIENCE AND INVOLVEMENT
HE WAS HIRED TO WORK WITH MADIER COUNTY AS A HEALTH SPECIALIST WITH CA4
HEALTH.STRATEGIC LEAVE PRIOR TO HIS COMPLETION OF HIS MASTER’S DEGREE. JOSE WAS A GREAT STUDENT IN THE
COLLEGE ASSISTANT MIGRANT PROGRAM KNOWN AS CAMP.AND CONTINUES TO SERVE AS A
ROLE MODEL TO THOSE CURRENT STUDENTS. HIS DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT TO HELP OTHERS
TO SEE THE VALUE OF EDUCATION AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY ARE MUCH A PART OF HIS CORE. :50 JOSE PROUDLY REPRESENTS FRESNO
STATE ON THE CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY, AND HIS TIME AT FRESNO STATE HAS TRULY MET
ALL OF FRESNO STATE COMMITMENT TO PASSION AND CAREER AND DIVERSITY AND MANY
ACCOMPLISHMENTS.IT’S A PLEASURE TO PRESENT THE DEAN’S MEDALIST IN THE
GRADUATE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS, JOSE ARREZOLA. [APPLAUSE] :50 YOU MAY BE SEATED.>>:50 AT THIS TIME I WISH TO
MENTION A GROUP OF STUDENTS WHO ARE ALSO PART OF OUR
CEREMONY THIS MORNING. SPECIAL MAJORS AND DESIGNED
BY INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS TO MEET SPECIFIC CAREER GOALS NOT HONORED IN JUST ONE DEPARTMENT.TODAY WE HAVE 20
STUDENTS SPECIALIZING IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: ART HISTORY BUSINESS AND MUSEUM
STUDIES COMMUNICATION IN GOVERNMENTAL AND NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS GENERAL
STUDIES LIBERAL ARTS COGNITIVE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION FOR BENEFIT SERVICE
ORGANIZATIONS AND MEADEIOLOGY. :50 CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIVE STUDIES. PREPHYSICAL THERAPY INTERACTIVE INTERMEDIA,
WITH THE CANDIDATES WITH THE BACHELOR DEGREES IN SPECIAL MAJORS WITH THEIR
FAMILY AND FRIENDS PLEASE STAND. :50 MR. PRESIDENT, I PRESENT
OUR CANDIDATES TO YOU. YOU MAY BE SEATED. :50NOW WILL ALL THE BACCALAUREATE
DEGREE CANDIDATES PLEASE STAND TO RECEIVE THEIR DEGREES. WILL THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
CANDIDATES PLEASE RISE AS WELL. ALL BACCALAUREATE. [APPLAUSE] :50MR. PRESIDENT, THE CANDIDATES FOR
BACCALAUREATE DEGREES AS RECOMMENDED BY THE FACULTY OF THEIR COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS
HAVE BEEN PRESENTED BY THEIR ACADEMIC DEANS. I ASK THAT YOU NOW CONFER THE
APPROPRIATE DEGREES ON THOSE THAT HAVE MET ALL REQUIREMENTS
FOR GRADUATION.>>:50UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE
FACULTIES, OF THE DEANS, OF THE PROVOST AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS,
AND BY THE AUTHORITY INVESTED IN ME BY THE CHANCELLOR AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FRESNO, I TAKE GREAT PLEASURE IN CONFERRING THE
APPROPRIATE BACCALAUREATE DEGREES UPON ALL CANDIDATES LISTED IN THE OFFICIAL RECORDS
FOR THESE EXERCISES AND OF ADMITTING YOU TO ALL THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES
PERTAINING THERETO. [APPLAUSE] YOU MAY BE SEATED.>>:50I AM SANDRA WITTE, DEAN OF THE DIVISION OF GRADUATE STUDIES.GRADUATE DEGREES
SIGNIFY THE COMPLETION OF A PERIOD OF STUDY, AND ADVANCED STUDY AND RESEARCH.THE
CANDIDATES ARE RECOMMENDED BY THEIR DEPARTMENTS AND SCHOOLS AND
HAVE MET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE DIVISION OF GRADUATE STUDIES AND THE TRUSTEES
OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. ALTHOUGH NOT ALL ARE PRESENT TODAY, 890 STUDENTS HAVE COMPLETED
GRADUATE DEGREES THIS YEAR. WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR THE
MASTER’S DEGREE PLEASE RISE. [APPLAUSE] :50MR. PRESIDENT, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO
PRESENT TO YOU THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER’S OF ART, MASTER’S OF
BIOTECHNOLOGY, MASTER’S OF FINE ARTS, MASTER’S OF PUBLIC HEALTH, MASTER’S OF
PHYSICAL THERAPY, MASTER’S OF SCIENCE AND SOCIAL WORK AND THE
EDUCATIONAL SPECIALISTS. THESE CANDIDATES RECEIVED THEIR HOODS
DURING THE CEREMONY HELD YESTERDAY, I NOW ASK THAT YOU CONFER UPON THEM THE
DEGREE FOR WHICH THEY HAVE QUALIFIED.>>:50UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE GRADUATE
FACULTIES, THE DEAN OF THE DIVISION OF GRADUATE STUDIES AND THE
PROVOST AND VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS.UPON THE AUTHORITY
INVESTED IN ME BY THE CHANCELLOR AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IN
THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, I CONFER UPON YOU THE GRADUATE DEGREE
APPROPRIATE TO YOUR FIELD OF LEARNING, AND WITH THE GREATEST PLEASURE
ADMIT YOU TO ALL THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES PERTAINING THERETO. CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE] :50THE SILVER UNIVERSITY GRADUATE
MEDAL IS THE HIGHEST HONOR GIVE TO A GRADUATING MASTER’S
SORRY ABOUT THAT, YES, PLEASE. HIGHEST HONOR GIVEN TO A GRADUATING
MASTER STUDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY, IN RECOGNITION OF EXTRAORDINARY
SCHOLARSHIP AND LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE DURING THE
STUDENT’S GRADUATE CAREER. :50EACH OF THE DEANS GRADUATE MEDAL
RECIPIENTS IS ELIGIBLE FOR A SEAT OF THIS AWARD.YOU HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO
EACH OF THE DEAN’S GRADUATE RECIPIENTS, FROM AMONG THESE NINE ONE IS SELECTED TO
RECEIVE THE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE MEDAL. THIS YEAR’S UNIVERSITY GRADUATE
RECIPIENT IS DALIA HAITAYAN. [APPLAUSE] :50FACULTY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY
DESCRIBE DALIA AS THE BEST STUDENT IN THEIR GRADUATE PROGRAM.AND ARE
IMPRESSED WITH HER WORK ETHIC, AND INTELLECT AND HER COMMITMENT TO THE FIELD OF HISTORY. HER AREA OF RESEARCH ON FRESNO CHURCHES
HAS RESULTED IN HER IMPRESSIVE COMMAND OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY, LOCAL POLITICS
AND REGIONAL HISTORY AND DEMOGRAPHY. :50HISTORY PROFESSOR KATIE SAID
THAT SHE CAN DISCUSS THE MATERIAL IN A MANNER MORE BEFITTING AS A
COLLEAGUE THAN A STUDENT.SAYING THAT HER RESEARCH HAS GIVEN HER A NEW
APPRECIATION FOR HER HOME HOMETOWN. :50SHE IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THIS
RESEARCH ON THIS TOPIC BY EXPANDING IT, IN OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY,
STARTING IN BOSTON. [APPLAUSE] (LAUGHTER) [APPLAUSE] YOU CAN BE SEATED NOW. [APPLAUSE]>>TODAY WE WILL BE RECOGNIZING GRADUATES FROM THREE DOCTORAL PROGRAMS.THE
DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN EDUCATION LEADERSHIP AND THE JOINT DOCTORATE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY AND THE DOCTORATE OF NURSING
PRACTICE PROGRAM. WE ARE CELEBRATING OVER 21 YEARS OF
OFFERING DOCTORLEVEL WORK FOR OUR STUDENTS AT FRESNO STUDENT.WILL THE
EDUCATIONAL STUDENT AND FACULTY JOIN ME, MR. PRESIDENT THIS IS OUR PROGRAM OF
DOCTORAL PROGRAM OF LEADERSHIP.I ASK DR. HOFF TO JOIN YOU AS WE PRESENT
OUR DOCTORAL CANDIDATES. TODAY WE RECOGNIZE 34 GRADUATES JOINED BY PRESIDENT CASTRO AND
MORALES AND PROVOST HOFF. DR. SHARON BROWN WELTY
WILL START THE HOODING.>>THE HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR.
SUSAN TRACZ.THE HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. DIANE OLIVER:
THE HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. JASON EDIMAKS.THE
HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. DONALD WISE.THE
HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. LINDA HOUSER.THE
HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. DEBRA HARRIS.THE
HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. KENNETH MANDILNO.THE
HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. COLLEEN HURSDIN.THE
HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. JUAN CARLOS GONZALEZ.THE HOODING
WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. JAMES MARSHALL.MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF THE FACULTY AT
THIS UNIVERSITY, IT’S A PLEASURE TO PRESENT TO YOU THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DOCTORATE OF EDUCATION DEGREE.THANK YOU.WILL THE
NURSING PRACTICE DOCTORAL STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STUDENTS PREPARE FOR
THE AWARDING OF THE HOODING.MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR
THAT WE HAVE AWARDED DOCTORAL DEGREES FOR THE NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FRESNO.THE
CANDIDATES RECEIVED THEIR PINS LAST WEEK AND WILL BE HOODED BY THEIR FACULTY TODAY BY THEIR DISSERTATION CHAIRS.TODAY
WE RECOGNIZE 31 STUDENTS IN THIS PROGRAM.TO BEGIN THE HOODING WILL BE
DR. SILVIA MILLER.THE HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. GRIFFIN.THE HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. LAURIE RODRIGUEZ.THE
HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. MARETA.THE HOODING WILL CONTINUE
WITH DR. DARUTA.THE HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. GADAFE.WILL THE PHYSICAL THERAPY
DOCTORAL FACULTY AND STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THE AWARDING OF THE DOCTORAL DEGREES.MR. PRESIDENT THIS IS THE SECOND TIME
WE HAVE PRESENTED THESE DEGREES, THE CANDIDATES RECEIVE MEDALLIONS
FOR THEIR CEREMONIES YESTERDAY, AND WILL BE RECOGNIZE TODAY BY THEIR
CHAIRS.TODAY WE RECOGNIZE FIVE STUDENTS FROM THAT PROGRAM.THE HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. MARSHA THOMPSON.THE
HOODING WILL CONTINUE WITH DR. PEGGY TRUEBLOOD.WILL ALL THE
DOCTORAL CANDIDATES PLEASE STAND NOW. [APPLAUSE] MR. PRESIDENT, I NOW ASK THAT YOU CONFER UPON ALL DOCTORAL
CANDIDATES THE DEGREE FOR WHICH THEY QUALIFY.>>UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE
FACULTY FOR THE DOCTORATE PROGRAM AND EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, THE FACULTY FOR THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHERN
CONSORTIUM DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM AND THE FACULTY OF THE JOINT
DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN PHYSICAL THERAPY, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FRESNO, AND
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO, AND ON THE AUTHORITY INVESTED IN
ME BY THE CHANCELLORS AND TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, AND
THE PRESIDENT ON REGENTS ON UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, I HEREBY CONFER UPON YOU THE
DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF EDUCATION AND DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND
DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE, AND WITH THE GREATEST PLEASURE
ADMIT YOU TO THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES PERTAINING
THERETO.CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD AFTERNOON.I AM CLYDE
FORD, A PROUD TWOTIME GRADUATE OF FRESNO STATE.AS THE PRESIDENT OF
THE FRESNO STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, I HAVE THE VERY DISTINCT HONOR TO
BE THE FIRST PERSON TO GREET YOU AS THE OFFICIAL ALUMNI OF
THIS GREAT INSTITUTION. [APPLAUSE] AS YOU MOVE TO
A NEW PASSAGE IN YOUR LIFE, YOU WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER
YOUR EXPERIENCES HERE AT FRESNO STATE.THE EDUCATION YOU
HAVE RECEIVED HERE HAS PREPARED YOU FOR EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES AND UNKNOWN
ADVENTURES.AS AN ALUMNI YOU ARE CHARGE WITH THE TASK TO SHOW YOUR BULLDOG PRIDE.AND
DOING THIS YOU PROMOTE YOUR ALMA MATER AND ENSURE YOUR FRESNO STATE DEGREE.I INVITE
YOU TO GIVE BACK, TO GIVE BACK YOUR TIME AND SERVE ON A COMMITTEE, VOLUNTEER AND
GIVE YOUR DOLLARS AND PROMOTE A SPIRIT OF PHILANTHROPY.AT THE FRESNO
STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, WE WANT TO TELL THE WORLD HOW GREAT YOU ALL
ARE.SO WE AFFECT THAT YOU STAY CONNECTED WITH US.WE WILL ALWAYS BE
YOUR OFFICIAL CONNECTION BACK TO CAMPUS.YOUR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
IS YOUR CONNECTION FOR LIFE.YOU KNOW BULLDOGS ALWAYS EXPECT TO WIN.THE FRESNO STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MEMBERS AND STAFF AND FRIENDS, OFFER SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS TO FRESNO STATE’S 103RD GRADUATING
CLASS, THE CLASS OF 2014. [APPLAUSE] ON BEHALF OF MORE THAN 200,000
ALUMNI WORLDWIDE, I WELCOME YOU AS A MEMBER OF THE FRESNO STATE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION AND CONGRATULATE EACH OF YOU ON YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS.YOU ARE
ALL PROUD BULLDOGS FOR LIFE. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, CLYDE.AS YOU HAVE SEEN WE SEEK
TO RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE IN A NUMBER OF WAYS AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FRESNO.YOU
HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO THE WINNERS OF THE DEAN’S MEDAL FROM THE
EIGHT UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS.AND THE MEDALISTS
FROM THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS.THE DEAN’S MEDAL
RECOGNIZES ACADEMIC AND LEADERSHIP QUALITIES AS WELL AS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LIFE
OF THE UNIVERSITY AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.FROM AMONG THE NINE DEAN MEDAL
WINNERS THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSITY, ONE PERSON HAS BEEN SELECTED BY A COMMITTEE TO RECEIVE THE PRESIDENT’S MEDAL.THIS
SELECTION IS BOTH A DIFFICULT AND REWARDING TASK.AND REPRESENTS
A TRULY SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT BECAUSE THE COMPETITION IS SO KEEN.I
AM VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE PRESIDENT’S MEDAL FOR 2014,
GERMAN ALBERTO MARQUEZ ALCALA. [APPLAUSE] YOU HAVE HEARD FROM DEAN BOYER
ABOUT GERMAN’S ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND HIS LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO
COMMUNITY SERVICE.WHAT YOU HAVEN’T HEARD IS THAT GERMAN CAME TO THE UNITED
STATES AS AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT WHO OVERCAME HUGE LANGUAGE BAR BARRIERS AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES.OVERCAME ECONOMIC
BARRIERS AND CHALLENGES, TO BE WHAT IS NOBLE AND INSPIRING ABOUT A FRESNO STATE
EDUCATION.HE PROVES AGAIN HOW TRANSFORMATIVE THIS UNIVERSITY CAN BE IN THE LIVES OF
YOUNG ADULTS SEEKING OPPORTUNITY TO BE ALL THAT THEY ASPIRE TO BE.I WAS DEEPLY TOUCHED
BY READING GERMAN’S PERSONAL NARRATIVE, HE SAYS, QUOTE, THE EXCITEMENT I FEEL FOR
MY FUTURE ACADEMIC JOURNEY IS ONLY AMPLIFIED WHEN I REMEMBER THE SACRIFICES THAT MY
PARENTS ENDURED SO I COULD HAVE ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES DENIED TO THEM.THEY
TAUGHT ME THE INTRINSIC VALUE OF A HUMAN BEINGS IS NOT BY THEIR FINANCIAL
WORTH BUT RATHER THE LEVEL OF DEDICATION AND WORK ETHIC AND GRATITUDE THAT A PERSON
POSSESSES.I WILL NEVER FORGET MY IMMIGRANT ROOTS, I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE DIFFICULTIES I
FACED.THOSE EXPERIENCES LED ME IN MATURITY AND A HOPE OF A FUTURE
MADE BETTER IN EDUCATION, UNQUOTE.GERMAN YOUR WORDS RESONATED
DEEPLY AS I TRAVELED A SIMILAR PATH TO HIGHER EDUCATION.CONGRATULATIONS,
GERMAN, THE WORLD IS YOUR FUTURE. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.THIS
MEANS AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT AND I HONESTLY DIDN’T THINK I WOULD BE
UP HERE NOW.FIRST AND FOREMOST THANK YOU TO MY FAMILY, SIT SITTING UP THERE.THANK
YOU.EXCUSE ME.I WILL SAY A FEW WORDS IN SPANISH TO THEM, BECAUSE
THEY SPEAK SPANISH. [SPEAKING SPANISH] [APPLAUSE] AGAIN I WANT
TO SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY OUT HERE, THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU GRADUATES TO MAKE
THIS A GREAT EVENT.TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS AND DR. CHAPMAN AND EVERYONE IT
IN THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT AND PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT, AND EVERY TEACHER
THAT INSPIRED ME TO TAKE THE HIGHER ROAD OF EDUCATION AND PURSUE A PHD.I
HOPE ONE DAY TO BE A PROFESSOR AS YOU ARE TODAY.THANK YOU
ALL AGAIN AND BLESS YOU ALL. [APPLAUSE]>>SO I HAVE TWO REQUESTS RIGHT
NOW.WE ARE ALMOST DONE.BUT ONE IS IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO, MOVE YOUR
TASSEL OVER TO THE LEFT.YEAH![APPLAUSE] BUT THE SECOND REQUEST IS A LITTLE
BIT OF FUN.IN ORDER TO STAY CONNECTED TO FRESNO STATE AND TO ME AND THE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER.SEND YOUR PICTURES TO
US.TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING.AND TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO PRESIDENT MINSHAKA, FOLLOW HIM TOO.AS GRADUATES
YOU ARE NOW REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FRESNO. [APPLAUSE] WHILE YOU WERE WITH
US, YOU EXPANDED YOUR KNOWLEDGE, DEVELOPED YOUR IDEAS, AND ENGAGED IN
MEANINGFUL DISCOURSE WITH YOUR PROFESSORS AND PEERS.REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU BEGAN
YOUR EDUCATION HERE, AS A FRESHMAN RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, AS A
TRANSFER STUDENT WITH PART OF YOUR COLLEGE COURSE WORK ALREADY
COMPLETED, AS A NEW GRADUATE STUDENT, OR AS A MATURE ADULT RETURNING TO SCHOOL
AFTER YEARS SPENT HOLDING DOWN A JOB AND SUPPORTING A FAMILY.YOU GAINED FROM
SHARING THESE LAST FEW YEARS WITH US, AND WE BENEFITED FROM YOUR
PRESENCE.AS WE SEND YOU FORTH TODAY, WE ASK YOU THAT YOU BECOME RESPONSIBLE
ALUMNI, CONDUCT YOURSELF HONORABLY, AND MAINTAIN HIGH STANDARDS, AND GIVE BACK TO
THE COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTED YOU.AS A CITIZEN AND GRADUATE AND NOW ALUMNI OF THE CALIFORNIA
STATE UNIVERSITY, I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOUR UNIVERSITY AND ITS MISSION.YOU WILL SOON LEARN
THE REAL BENEFITS OF EARNING A DEGREE FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY.AS YOU
GO OUT INTO THE WORKFORCE.PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE CSU BY HELPING THOSE
IN NEED, AND HELP THEM KNOW HOW TO GET TO COLLEGE.SHOW THEM THE ROAD AHEAD.AND HOW
EARNING A COLLEGE DEGREE CAN BE THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD A BRIGHTER
FUTURE.FINALLY AS A GRADUATE OF FRESNO STATE, PLEASE BE AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE CALIFORNIA
STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.LET YOUR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUE, LEGISLATORS AND COMMUNITY KNOW HOW
IMPORTANT THE CSU HAS BEEN IMPORTANT TO YOU AND HOW THEY CAN KEEP THE
DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO OTHERS.YOUR CONTINUED COMMITMENT WILL
HELP US PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE GENERATIONS OF STUDENTS COMING ALONG BEHIND YOU
AND THE ASSURANCE THAT THE VALUE OF YOUR DEGREE CONTINUES TO
GROW.MY BEST WISHES TO ALL OF YOU. [APPLAUSE] PLEASE STAND FOR THE SINGING
OF THE ALMA MATER, AFTER THE ALMA MATER, MAY I ASK THE AUDIENCE TO PLEASE
BE SEATED AND REMAIN IN YOUR SEATS UNTIL THE PRESIDENT’S PARTY AND THE FACULTY
HAVE EXITED THE ARENA.AFTER THE FACULTY HAVE EXITED, WE ASK THAT ALL GUESTS
SITTING IN THE LOWER LEVELS EXIT UP THE STAIRS.GRADUATES WILL EXIT THE ARENA
BY GOING UPSTAIRS AND OUTSIDE OF THE ARENA TO MEET THEIR GUESTS.LEADING
US IN THE SINGING OF THE ALMA MATER IS TWO GRADUATING STUDENTS IN MUSIC ACCOMPANIED BY
STRING QUARTET MEMBERS.