Camarillo, Calif., Dec. 13, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will hold its 2013 Commencement in two separate ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, in the South Quad.  The dual ceremonies allow the University to accommodate the growing number of CI graduates and their Commencement guests safely and comfortably.  Last year’s Commencement ceremony attracted more than 12,000 attendees.

“Many of our students are the first in their families to graduate from college, making their accomplishment a significant event to share with family and friends,” said Nancy Covarrubias Gill, Commencement Chair and Director of Communication & Marketing.  “With dual ceremonies, we can continue the important tradition of including extended families and our community in celebrating the students’ academic achievements.”

The morning ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will include the following academic programs (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Teaching Credentials):  Anthropology, Art, Chicana/o Studies, Credentials (teaching), Early Childhood Studies, Education, English, History, Liberal Studies, Performing Arts, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
 
The afternoon ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. and will include the following academic programs (Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees): Applied Physics, Biology, Business, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, Biotechnology/MBA (dual degree), Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Science & Resource Management, Information Technology, Mathematics, Nursing, and Spanish.
 
Eligible degree candidates will receive a booklet by mail in February with specific information on each ceremony, including student and guest arrival times, parking/transportation, photography, and other details and reminders.  CI Grad Fest, which offers a multitude of services and information for degree candidates, will be held March 5 and 6 at the University Town Center.  For more information, visit www.csuci.edu/commencement or contact 805-437-3100.

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About California State University Channel Islands
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.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world’s largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/