By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Commencements are not only seen as ceremonies to honor the accomplishments of graduating students, but also as a time to celebrate with family and friends.
At Cal State San Bernardino, there were plenty of both as more than 2,500 of its nearly 3,400 eligible graduating students participated in the university’s commencement ceremonies June 13, 15 and 16 at CSUSB and at its Palm Desert Campus.
In fact, the university had its largest single college commencement in its 48-year history as 730 students graduated from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences during its June 15 morning ceremony.
The number of participating graduates in the other college ceremonies was: Arts and Letters – 423; Business and Public Administration – 391; Natural Sciences – 410; and the graduate student commencement – 349.
CSUSB officials estimate that about 17,000 families and friends of the graduates filled Coussoulis Arena for five graduation ceremonies, which included a commencement ceremony for students graduating with a master’s or doctorate degree.
The commencement ceremonies were also webcast live for families and friends who were unable to be at the university. A total of 560 visits from viewers in the United States and abroad watched the ceremonies online.
Those countries were Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, the isle of Dominica, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.
The university’s Palm Desert Campus celebrated the graduation of 201 students during its ceremony on June 13 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino and Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. More than 1,700 guests attended the ceremony.
Replays of commencement ceremonies can be viewed online on the Academic Computing & Media video library’s website at http://acm.csusb.edu/videoarchive/Default.aspx.