to host CSUS spring commencement May 23-24
information on Spring 2003 Commencement
its largest spring commencement ever, almost 4,000 new graduates
will be honored at California State University, Sacramento May 23-24.
At the commencement ceremonies, the University will present the
President’s Award to Sacramento community leaders Stan Atkinson,
Muriel Johnson, Dennis Mangers and Sandy Smoley. Honorary doctorates
will be presented to Ingrid Moses of Australia and Hans J.A. van
Ginkel of the Netherlands.
The event is also notable as the final commencement as president
for Donald R. Gerth, who leaves the presidency this summer. Since
becoming president in 1986, Gerth will have officiated at more than
180 commencement ceremonies.
Each of the University’s seven colleges will hold a ceremony
over the two days. Ceremonies will be held at Hornet Stadium and
the Outdoor Theatre on the west side of the University Library;
a full schedule follows.
More than 6,000 students will graduate from CSUS this academic year,
including about 3,150 eligible to take part in commencement ceremonies
held last fall. The
2002-03 graduating class has more than 800 students graduating with
honors, including 35 who received the Academic Achievement Award
and seven Outstanding Senior Awards, one from each college.
speakers will include John Schimandle of Hewlett Packard at the
College of Engineering and Computer Science ceremony; Congressman
Robert Matsui at the College of Heath and Human Services ceremony;
Edward Del Biaggio, CSUS vice president for administration, at the
College of Business Administration ceremony; Sukhbir Mahajan, astronomy
and physics professor, at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
ceremony; and two student speakers.
The President’s Award honors outstanding service to the University,
higher education or the public and common good. Atkinson will receive
his award at the College of Business Administration ceremony. A
former Sacramento news anchor and reporter, Atkinson has raised
over $7 million for local agencies and charities.
Johnson’s award will be presented at the College of Education.
As a member of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, she has
worked to improve transportation, air quality, flood control and
support of youth and education.
Mangers will receive his award at the College of Social Sciences
and Interdisciplinary Studies ceremony. The senior vice president
and principal lobbyist for the California Cable Television Association,
Mangers is active in issues involving healthcare, education, the
arts and diversity.
Smoley will receive her award at the College of Health and Human
Services ceremony. President of The Sandy Smoley Group, she is immediate
past secretary of California’s Health and Welfare Agency and
was the first woman elected to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.
An honorary doctorate from the California State University System
Board of Trustees for professional and scholarly achievement will
be presented to Moses at the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary
Studies ceremony. Moses is also the College’s
commencement speaker. She is the vice chancellor and president of
the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales. Through
her research and consulting work she has developed an internationally
recognized expertise of the academic environment.
Van Ginkel will receive his honorary doctorate at the College of
Arts and Letters ceremony. He will also be the commencement speaker.
Now the rector of United Nations University, van Ginkel has held
posts in international academic and teaching organizations and was
rector magnificus of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
2003 Commencement Schedule
12:30 p.m. College
of Arts and Letters, Hornet Stadium
5:30 p.m. College
of Engineering and Computer Science, Outdoor Theatre
7 p.m. College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies,
Saturday, May 24
8 a.m. College
of Health and Human Services, Hornet Stadium
10 a.m. College
of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Outdoor Theatre
of Business Administration, Hornet Stadium
6 p.m. College
of Education, Hornet Stadium
on campus will be free during both days of commencement. Candidates
will assemble at the practice field one half-hour prior to each
For more information, call (916) 278-4724 or visit www.csus.edu/commence.
Media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs
at (916) 278-6156.