By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– It was a historic day for Cal State San Bernardino as 2,350 students graduated on June 20, at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena, the first time the commencement ceremonies have been held off campus.
Four graduation exercises were held throughout the day starting with a morning ceremony for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, followed by an early afternoon joint ceremony with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Education, a late afternoon ceremony for the College of Natural Sciences, and concluding with an evening graduation for the College of Business and Public Administration. A slideshow of the ceremonies can be seen at http://show-vid.com/view/
CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales congratulated the graduates.
“You have reached a major milestone in life and we are all here to celebrate this moment with you,” Morales said. “Class of 2015, you are the pride of Cal State San Bernardino and we salute your accomplishments.”
Philanthropist Judy Rodriquez Watson, who received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters during the College of Arts and Letters, and College of Education ceremony, offered her own praise to the graduates.
“I would like to take a moment to congratulate YOU on your hard work, dedication, sleepless nights and whatever it took to get you to this point today – your graduation day! This is a day you will remember for many, many years to come. I am so thrilled for you,” Rodriguez Watson said. “Your future holds tremendous opportunities, adventures and challenges that will lead to growth experiences, evolutions and much joy.”
Rachel Villarama, a San Bernardino resident, who graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with bachelor’s degrees in studio art and graphic design, said she felt it was finally commencement as she walked up the stage steps and down the center steps after receiving the degree.
“It felt special walking up the steps. It really hit me. You’re done. You did it,” Villarama said smiling.
To see webcasts of the CSUSB commencement ceremonies, visit http://acm.csusb.edu/