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  • Winter Commencement will feature new elements, faces

    Commencement excitement(Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone)

    Commencement coverage, including live-stream video

    Graduation weekend will be filled with pomp, circumstance, and a few fresh twists as Sacramento State holds its Winter Commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19, at Sleep Train Arena.

    In his first Commencement as the University’s top Hornet, President Robert S. Nelsen plans to do things a little differently and shake each graduate’s hand as he or she crosses the stage. Nearly 3,500 students – including bachelor’s, master’s and credential candidates – are eligible to participate. And for the first time, Sacramento State will live-stream each ceremony for graduates’ friends and family, with remote- and replay-viewing (available through a link on Graduates and guests at the arena will be able to view the ceremonies on two 192-inch monitors, stationed on each side of the stage.

    Community leader Joyce Raley Teel will be awarded an honorary doctorate during the College of Business Administration ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. The daughter of Raley’s grocery store chain founder Thomas Raley, Teel started the company’s Food for Families program, which last year alone collected more than 3 million pounds of food for area families. She also co-chairs the Thomas Raley Foundation with her husband, Sac State alumnus James Teel ’53 (Business Administration).

    The College of Business Administration ceremony also will feature the college’s “Golden Grads.” Graduates from the Class of 1965, attired in special gold gowns and mortarboards, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their own commencements.

    Commencement Schedule

    Friday, Dec. 18

    • 11:30 a.m.: College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, 852 graduates
    • 3 p.m.: College of Engineering and Computer Science, 369 graduates
    • 5:30 p.m.: College of Arts and Letters, 570 graduates

    Saturday, Dec. 19

    • 8:30 a.m.: College of Health and Human Services, 687 graduates
    • 11:30 a.m.: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 157 graduates
    • 2 p.m.: College of Business Administration, 547 graduates
    • 5 p.m.: College of Education, 227 graduates, 69 credential

    For more information, visit Sacramento State’s Commencement website (, which includes information on parking, disability services, places to stay and more for students, their families and friends. For media assistance, contact the University’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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