May 15, 2002
Spring Commencement set for May 24-25;
Kevin Johnson, Phil Isenberg to be recognized
returns to campus this spring, as California State University,
Sacramento honors more than 3,000 graduates May 24 and 25.
The University will also present a president's award to basketball
great Kevin Johnson and an honorary doctorate to former Sacramento
mayor and assembly member Phil Isenberg.
There will be seven ceremonies over the two days, one for
each of the University's Colleges. Ceremonies will be held
at Hornet Stadium and at the Outdoor Theatre on the west side
of the University Library (full schedule below).
More than 5,000 students will graduate from CSUS this academic
year, including about 2,000 who already took part in fall
commencement ceremonies. The 2001-02 graduating class also
has 895 students graduating with some sort of honors, including
42 who were chosen for top Academic Achievement Awards in
their major and seven chosen as the top graduating students
in their Colleges.
Commencement speakers will include Shekhar Khandekar of Intel
at the College of Engineering and Computer Science ceremony;
Jan Scully, Sacramento County District Attorney, at the College
of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies ceremony;
Madeleine P. Fish, CSUS professor and MESA director, at the
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics ceremony; and
Carla Vasquez, president and CEO of CV Logistics, at the College
of Business Administration ceremony.
Kevin Johnson will receive the President's Award - given periodically
for outstanding service to the University, higher education
or the public and common good - at the College of Business
Administration ceremony, 11 a.m., Saturday, May 25 at Hornet
Stadium. At 12:30 p.m., Friday, he will give the commencement
address at the College of Education ceremony.
Johnson is a Sacramento native, a former National Basketball
Association all-star and a dedicated community leader. He
played for the Phoenix Suns for more than 10 years, but never
forgot his roots in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood. In
1991, he founded the St. Hope Academy to provide "at-risk"
children with a structured and positive environment, and he
continues to work for the betterment of Oak Park. He has partnered
with CSUS to establish a charter school in the neighborhood.
Phil Isenberg will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of
Laws from the CSU system at the College of Social Sciences
and Interdisciplinary Studies ceremony, 7:30 p.m., Friday,
May 24 at Hornet Stadium.
Isenberg was a Sacramento city council member and its mayor,
and spent 14 years in the State Legislature, where he held
numerous leadership roles. Since retiring from the Legislature
in 1996, he has continued to work in the public policy arena.
He lectures widely, and has served as an instructor in the
CSUS department of public policy and UC Berkeley's Graduate
School of Public Policy.
Spring Commencement 2002
Friday, May 24
12:30 p.m. College of Education (Stadium)
6 p.m. College of Engineering and Computer Science (Outdoor
7:30 p.m. College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary
Satuday, May 25
8 a.m. College of Health and Human Services (Stadium)
9:30 a.m. College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Outdoor
11 a.m. College of Business Administration (Hornet Stadium)
6 p.m. College of Arts and Letters (Hornet Stadium)
Parking on campus will be free during both days of commencement.
Candidates will assemble one-half hour prior to each ceremony.
More information is available by calling (916) 278-4724 or
Additional media assistance is available by contacting CSUS
public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
For further information, send an e-mail
public affairs at (916) 278-6156. For ticketed events, call
the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
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