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8,600+ Degrees to be Conferred by CSULB

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 10

By Rick Gloady

Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) will confer more than 8,600 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees for the 2012-13 academic year. Many of those earning degrees are expected to walk across the stage at Commencement 2013, a collection of nine graduation ceremonies at the Long Beach campus scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 22-24.

In addition to participating students, upwards of 70,000 family members and friends are expected to visit the university over the three-day period to watch their graduates walk across the dais and have their names called.

“Commencement is the highlight of the academic year as we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students and the faculty and staff who have helped them achieve their goals,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We are confident that these students are leaving Cal State Long Beach with the tools and capabilities they need to succeed.

“This year’s ceremonies will be bittersweet for me as this is my last time presiding over commencement at Cal State Long Beach,” added Alexander, who will begin his new position as president and chancellor with the Louisiana State University system in July. “Still, I am looking forward to having the opportunity to shake the hand of every 2013 CSULB graduate and wish them success.”

Free parking is available for commencement guests in Lots 11, 12, 14, 16, 17 and 18 at the north end of the campus as well as Parking Structures I, II or III. Courtesy shuttles will be available to transport guests to the Central Quad area.

Visitors may enter the campus from Atherton Street, Bellflower Boulevard or 7th Street. Before parking, drivers may drop off passengers at the west turnaround near Brotman Hall or the east turnaround by the CSULB Foundation Building. Parking for the disabled may be arranged by calling Parking Administration at (562) 985-4146. Guests with other special needs should contact Disabled Student Services at (562) 985-5401.

For general information about Commencement 2013, visit the graduation website or call Barbara Hall in the CSULB Academic Events Office at (562) 985-2351.