20th Annual Black Graduate Recognition Ceremony: Cultural Affair Celebrates Student Success

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– It’s that time of year again in which Cal State San Bernardino celebrates all of its graduating students. During this time the university holds many commencement and special ceremonies. One of those special ones is the 20th annual Black Graduate Recognition Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, June 8.

Embracing African American culture, the ceremony celebrates the graduates’ success. Students can dress in graduation attire and receive symbolic kente stoles. Guests are welcomed to dress in African American traditional cultural clothing.

The theme for the event is “Closer to my Dreams,” and Danny Tillman, a CSUSB alumnus, will be the keynote speaker. Tillman graduated from CSUSB in 2003 with a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in information technology. He is now running for California’s 31st Congressional District seat.

Jenise Bush is the co-founder of the CSUSB Black Graduate Recognition Ceremony and will emcee the event. A CSUSB alumna who graduated with three credentials and two degrees, Bush is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of La Verne.

CSUSB students Lee Moore and Jeremy Young will speak about their plans after graduation. Moore is a first-generation college graduate and will receive her B.A. in psychology. She is a California native and plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical social work at the University of Nevada. Young is the current president of the student group Enrichment Through Action, a community service-based organization at CSUSB. He will graduate with a degree in information systems and technology.

Performers from Dare to Dream Arts Academy will dance at the event.

Tickets for the event are $50 each and can be purchased in the Santos Manuel Student Union’s Student Leadership and Development office in room 204. Students who purchase tickets can have an unlimited number of guests that can attend the event with them. The last day to register is June 4.

The 20th annual Black Graduate Recognition Ceremony will take place at CSUSB’s Coussoulis Arena at 7 p.m. Parking is $5.

For more information on the 20th Annual Black Graduate Recognition Ceremony, contact Doreen Hatcher at(909) 537-5234 or by e-mail at dhatcher@csusb.edu, or contact Misty Levingston at (909) 537-7198,mlevings@csusb.edu.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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