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December 10, 2001

'Tis the season to get a diploma

It'll begin to look a lot like commencement Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 when as many as 1,700 California State University, Sacramento students will be eligible to take part in Winter Commencement ceremonies at Arco Arena.

The ceremony for the College of Education, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies will be Friday at 2 p.m.

The ceremony for the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Health and Human Services will be Saturday at 9 a.m.

The ceremonies will also feature speakers with national perspectives on education and business. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley will give the commencement address at the Friday ceremony where he will also be awarded an honorary degree, doctor of humane letters. Janis Besler Heaphy, publisher and president of The Sacramento Bee, will address Saturday's graduates.

Riley served as education secretary under President Bill Clinton after receiving national recognition for his educational efforts as governor of South Carolina. As secretary, he launched initiatives to raise academic standards, improve instruction for the poor and disadvantaged, expand college grants and loan programs, and improve teaching. He also led a charge to give schools and libraries discounted Internet access and improve the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act. He graduated cum laude from Furman University and holds a law degree from the University of South Carolina.

Besler Heaphy heads the oldest and second largest newspaper in the 24-paper McClatchy Company. She held several high-level positions in advertising and marketing for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine and Omni Magazine including national advertising manager and senior vice president of advertising and marketing for the Times before being named publisher and president of the Bee in 1998. She earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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