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Sacramento State News - California State University, Sacramento
May 19, 2008

Campus prepares for spring commencement


Photo: 2007 Commencement at Arco Arena
2007 Commencement at Arco Arena

For some, it will seem like the culmination of four short years and for others, the end of a long journey as almost 5,000 Sacramento State students prepare to graduate on May 23 and 24.

The seven colleges on campus will graduate 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 will receive a master’s degree.

Each of the colleges will hold a commencement ceremony on either May 23 or 24 at Arco Arena. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will be the first with a ceremony at noon Friday, May 23.

That will be followed by the College of Arts and Letters at 3 p.m. and the College of Business Administration at 6 p.m.

Ceremonies begin 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.

At commencement ceremonies, University President Alexander Gonzalez will present the President’s Award to the top graduate. He will also present 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 will be a great pleasure and a personal honor to present this award to ‘Coach.’”

Each college will also present its Dean’s Award. Recipients are: 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.

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 For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.



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