Camarillo, Calif., May 9, 2011 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will graduate its largest class to date with over 1,300 students at the University’s ninth-annual Commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m.  Students eligible to receive degrees or credentials include: 169 master’s degrees, 68 teaching credentials, and 1,074 bachelor’s degrees.

Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction and longtime supporter of CI, Jack O’Connell, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) and will serve as keynote speaker for the ceremony.

The University expects more than 10,000 guests and roads near the University may be impacted before and after the ceremony which is anticipated to conclude by 11 a.m.  Students, family and guests should plan to arrive early on campus to allow sufficient time for parking, student check-in and guest seating.  For additional information visit

Parking on campus will be limited to graduating students who have requested special parking passes for family and guests, as well as University faculty, staff and special guests. Limited off-campus parking on a first-come, first-served basis will be available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station located off Hwy 101, near the Lewis Road and Ventura Boulevard intersection. The VISTA bus and campus shuttles will provide free trips to and from the campus for guests who park at this location.  For exact VISTA bus times at either the Camarillo or Oxnard locations, visit

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CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.