May 24, 2008

Campus celebrates spring commencement

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Photo: 2008 Commencement at Arco Arena
2008 Commencement at Arco Arena

For some, it was the culmination of four short years and for others, the end of a long journey as almost 5,000 Sacramento State students graduated May 23 and 24.

The seven colleges on campus graduated 4,812 candidates. The largest class is from the College of Health and Human Services, with 967 students. Of the 4,812 graduating students, 801 received master’s degrees.

During the ceremonies, University President Alexander Gonzalez presented the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service to former Hornets’ football coach and  current development consultant Bob Mattos. The award is not given every year, but instead, at the President’s discretion. 

“For more than 45 years, dating back to when he was a student here, Coach Mattos has been the epitome of Hornet pride,” says President Gonzalez. “On and off the field he has been a tremendous supporter of the University, its programs and its student athletes. It is a great pleasure and a personal honor to present this award to ‘Coach.’”

Each college also presented its Dean’s Award for outstanding academic achievement. Recipients were: Jesse West Manton, College of Business Administration; Stacie Hiratsuka, College of Engineering and Computer Science; Jason Cooper, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Charles Stuthard, College of Arts and Letters; Sarah Sanderson, College of Health and Human Services; Daniel Sanchez, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies; and Aurora Murillo, College of Education.

Stuthard also received the President’s Medal. During an emotional acceptance statement, Stuthard singled out his stepmother for her devotion to him and his brothers.

The commencements were held May 23 and 24 at Arco Arena. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics was first with a ceremony at noon Friday, May 23. That was followed by the College of Arts and Letters at 3 p.m. and the College of Business Administration at 6 p.m.

Ceremonies began at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24, with the College of Health and Human Services, followed by the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at 11:30 a.m., the College of Engineering and Computer Science at 2:30 p.m., and the College of Education at 5 p.m.
           
This year’s class, including the 3,604 students who graduated in the winter, totals 8,416. Sacramento State has an annual enrollment of about 28,500 students.

The graduation breakdown by college:

Arts and Letters 809
Business Administration 797
Education 854
Engineering and Computer Science 262
Health and Human Services 967
Natural Sciences and Mathematics 227
Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies 867
Special Majors 29

For more information on commencement, call the commencement office at (916) 278-4724 or visit www.csus.edu/commence. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.