CSUCI celebrated its 17th Commencement with two ceremonies on Saturday, May 18. More than 20,000 parents, families and friends cheered for graduating students who received bachelor, master’s and doctoral degrees or credentials during morning and afternoon ceremonies.

This year’s ceremonies were held at the University’s Central Mall with the iconic Bell Tower building in the background.

Honored staff members selected by President Erika Beck to ring the Navy ship bell, signaling the beginning of the morning ceremony, included Miguel and Adelina Contreras, who work as Catering and Hospitality team members in University Auxiliary Services.

Nancy Covarrubias Gill, Senior Executive Director of University Communication, was selected by the President to ring the Navy ship bell for the afternoon ceremony.

Program Chair and Professor of Psychology Beatrice de Oca was chosen by the President to carry the Light of Learning for the morning ceremony. Associate Professor of Health Science Carol Mack was chosen to carry the Light during the afternoon ceremony.

Beck and graduating students Atticus Reyes, Student Government President, and Raul Perez, Student Government Vice President, provided remarks during the ceremonies.

During the morning ceremony, honorary Doctor of Humane Letters were awarded to President Sarita E. Brown and Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Deborah A. Santiago of Excelencia in Education. During the afternoon ceremony, an honorary Doctor of Laws was awarded to Laurence K. Gould Jr., and a Doctor of Humane Letters was awarded to Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the ActOne Group (see article on pages 10-11).

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