2018 Commencement – Morning Ceremony


– Good morning. I am Dr. James Meriwether,
Professor of History and Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences. We are delighted you are joining us today for our 16th commencement ceremony. At this time, we ask
everyone to please be seated as our ceremony will begin shortly. Before we begin, I have some important announcements to share. For those of you who wish
to take photographs or video during the ceremony,
out of consideration for your fellow guests, we
ask you to please take photos and videos from
the designated areas on either side of the stage. Only official campus photographers will be allowed directly
in front of the stage. Also, out of consideration for others, if you brought balloons,
we ask you please ensure that are not blocking the view
of those seated around you. We also ask you to please
not use personal umbrellas, which may block the view
of those sitting nearby. Restrooms are available in the building directly behind the stage,
known as the bell tower and in Santa Cruz village
located to my right, and also in Santa Rosa village located directly behind me. We appreciate your
cooperation in placing wastes in the trash and recycling receptacles. In addition, smoking and
vaping are prohibited on campus grounds. If you need to move out
of the direct sunlight, please take shade under
the trees or porticos or visit our shade rooms
located in Aliso Hall 150 to my right on Ventura Street, and Trinity Hall located
directly behind you. There will be live, televised viewing of the ceremonies in both areas. Seating is available on a
first come, first serve basis. In addition, we ask you to
please make room in your aisles for guests who are just arriving. This includes any seats
you have saved for guests who are not here yet. If you have empty seats next to you, please move down to make
room for other guests who need seats. Commencement is a special day
for each and every graduate who will cross this stage. As a symbol of mutual respect,
all graduating students and guests are asked to remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony. Now, I ask you to please
direct your attention to the screens on either side of the stage for an important safety message
from our Chief of Police, Michael Morris, followed
by a special announcement from our University
President, Dr. Erika D. Beck. – Ladies and gentlemen, commencement at California State
University Channel Islands is marked by the tradition
of ringing a Navy ship bell. On loan today from naval
base Ventura County, in signaling the official
beginning of our ceremony, as we celebrate students today and the inspiration and knowledge they have gained from our faculty. It is also appropriate to acknowledge the valuable contributions staff make in the success of our
students and the university. The staff member selected
by the University President to ring the bell is chosen
for his or her excellence in work carried out throughout the year. This years staff honoree
is Peter Mosinskis, Director of Information
Technology Strategy. (clapping) (bell ringing) Thank you, Peter. Now, for the sounding of the conch shell. We do this to always
remember we are building upon the knowledge base of
the indigenous people who first inhabited the land. It is my pleasure to introduce Raudel Buñuelos, Director of
Facility Support for our campus and a Chumash elder,
and vice tribal chair of the Barbareno Ventureno
Band of Mission Indians. (shell blowing) (clapping) Thank you Raudel. I now ask that you please remain seated as we begin the procession
for the class of 2018. (cheering)
(clapping) (graduation ceremony music) – Good morning. (cheering) I’m Dr. Virgil H. Adams
III, Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Academic Senate for California State
University Channel Islands. (cheering) Will the faculty marshals
please come forward with the presentation of the gonfalons. (cheering)
(clapping) Thank you. I now ask everyone to please rise for a presentation of the colors by the Oxnard High School
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp and the
singing of our national anthem by Dava McFadden. (cheering)
(clapping) ♪ Oh, say, can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn’s early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hail’d ♪ ♪ At the twilight’s last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ O’er the ramparts we watch’d ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ And the rockets’ red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ O say, does that star ♪ ♪ Spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O’er the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave ♪ (clapping) – Woo! Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. Thank you to the Oxnard High
School Air Force Junior ROTC and Dava for your participation in our commencement ceremonies today. (cheering)
(clapping) Thank you for this glorious day. As I look out and see all of you, it’s a bit overwhelming because I remember when I
received my BA from Fresno State. Now, (chuckles) now I’m Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Academic Senate. Don’t tell me it can’t be done. (cheering)
(clapping) Let me begin by saying
welcome to all the parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, other family, friends,
and indeed to the world. Welcome to California State
University Channel Islands. (cheering)
(clapping) As Chair of the Academic Senate, I stand as the elected
representative of the faculty, and humbly, I stand here today
in honor of my colleagues. We are proud today. Before me is our greatest accomplishment, the 2,513 strong class of 2018. (cheering)
(clapping) These students have completed
all the requirements for the programs they are completing today and do understand, we don’t
hand these degrees out like Tic-Tacs. No, no, these students have
completed a rigorous curriculum. These students have developed
the knowledge, skills, curiosity and confidence
that will be required of them to be productive citizens
and looking around the world, there’s plenty to be done. Class of 2018, we need you. We need you to return to
the communities around us. We challenge you not to stop here, but to inspire the world. Hold your head up, look around, and be proud of the degree
that you earned today. Maybe you’re the first in your family or the oldest of three children, or the first woman in your
family to get a degree. Gabriella Perez is all
of these things and more. Today, not only is she
graduating from Channel Islands with her BA, she’s going on in the fall to start her graduate program. Don’t tell me it’s not possible. Class of 2018, we need you
to go onward into the world, yet we also need you to remember. Remember the long hours of
study that have brought you to this point. Remember the exams, papers,
homework and projects. Yes, there’s also those
hours of work and commuting. Remember the knowledge, skills,
curiosity and confidence that is within you, but
most of all, remember that one of the greatest
things about our humanity is our compassion for change
and our ability to have a positive impact on the world around us. So, class of 2018, I besiege you the charge of
inspiring all you encounter. Our hope is that you will
pass on the energy, passion, love and perseverance that
has brought you to this point. Please pay special attention
to the young people around you. Help them to create and seek their dreams. Make sure to tell each and
every one of your siblings, cousins, anyone that will listen, “I got my degree from
California State University “Channel Islands and I
will have a positive impact “on the world.” (cheering)
(clapping) Congratulations class
of 2018, you’ve done it. In honor of our mission
of graduating students with a international and
multicultural perspective, it is my pleasure to
introduce Belen Anna Salinas and Genesis Carranza, who
will be providing us a welcome address in Spanish. Belen is a legally blind student, who through her perseverance
and spirit completed a degree in full immersion. A significant component of Belen’s success was due to the contributions of Genesis, who selflessly supported
and guided her friend through the academic journey
here at CSU Channel Islands. Belen and Genesis are residents of Oxnard and they both are earning a
bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Belen and Genesis, please come forward. (clapping)
(cheering) (speaking foreign language) (cheering and clapping) (speaking foreign language) (clapping) – Thank you Belen and Genesis. Finally, it is my pleasure
to introduce our provost, Dr. Geoffrey Chase. (clapping) – Thank you, Dr. Adams. I now have the privilege of introducing the platform party today. I ask that you please
hold your applause until all members have been
introduced and are standing. Ladies and gentlemen
of the platform party, please stand and remain
standing as I call your name. Singing our national anthem
today, Dava McFadden. Jalen Moody, who will be
singing the alma mater at the conclusion of our ceremony. Our graduating students who
provided a welcome greeting in Spanish, Belen Salinas
and Genesis Carranza. Anthony Mendola, our student speaker, who you will hear about in a few minutes. My fellow members of the President’s Executive Leadership Team. Vice President for Business
and Financial Affairs, Ms. Isabelle Trinidad. Chief of Staff to the President
and Interim Administrator in charge of the Division
of Student Affairs, Dr. Genevieve Evans Taylor. Vice President for University Advancement, Ms. Nichole Ipach, and Senior
Director of Community and Government Relations,
Ms. Celina Zacarias. My academic colleagues on the stage, Dr. Priscilla Liang, Dr. Nitika Parmar, Dr. Michael Soltys, and
Dr. Ivona Grzegorczyk. Our pre-ceremony announcer,
Dr. James Meriwether. Faculty who will be announcing
the names of our graduates, Dr. Antonio Jiménez Jiménez,
Dr. Colleen Harris, Dr. Cynthia Wyals,
and Dr. Marie Francois. Also joining us on the platform today are honorary doctorate recipient, the honorable Michele M. Castillo. Chair of the Academic Senate
and Chief University Marshall, Dr. Virgil Adams. Our honorary marshal, Dr. Jose Alamillo, who led our commencement processional by carrying the light of learning, which is a symbol of the
university’s commitment to a life of the mind and the central role played by our outstanding faculty. The honorary marshal I
want to note is selected by the President for
demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to our students
in our university. Also, the CSU Chief Innovation
Officer, Dr. Michael Berman, and the President of
California State University of the Islands, Dr. Erika D. Beck. Please join me in recognizing
this esteemed group. (clapping)
(cheering) Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen
of the platform party, you may be seated. I would also like to recognize
some of the very special guests in our audience today and ask that you hold your
applause until the end. Will our associate and
assistant vice presidents and the deans please stand? Will the members of the university’s Foundation of Board and Site
Authority Board please stand? Next, I would like to introduce
the group that is critical, very critical to the
success of all our students, will all the faculty please rise? (clapping)
(cheering) Finally, we would like
to take this time now to welcome representatives
from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, elected
and municipal officials, educational partners,
donors, and our neighbors from Naval Base Ventura
County, please rise. Thank you all for joining
us on this special day. (clapping) You may be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, I
now have the distinct honor and pleasure of introducing the President of California State
University Channel Islands, Dr. Erika D. Beck. (cheering and clapping) – Well, good morning, and welcome to the 16th
annual commencement of California State
University Channel Islands. Today, once again, we
are setting a new record by conferring the
largest number of degrees in the university’s history. (cheering and clapping) As the President of CI, it is my honor to continue the tradition
of the commencement ceremony and provide words of
wisdom for our graduates as they enter the next
chapter of their lives. So, I know you are all on
the edge of your seats. Eager to absorb my wisdom,
waiting for every word that I say, and hoping it will be uncharacteristically short. I will not disappoint. I timed it back in my office. 35 minutes. I cut it down from the
50s, so it’s gonna go by in the blink of an eye. Graduates, on behalf of the
entire faculty and staff of Cal State Channel
Islands, I congratulate you on this remarkable achievement. It has been our honor to be a
part of your academic journey and have the opportunity
to watch you realize your greatest educational aspirations. We know just how hard you’ve worked to walk across this stage and
receive your diplomas today and we are so very proud of you. Many of you are the first in your family to graduate from a university. In fact, I want to see. If you are the first in
your family to graduate from a university, will
you please stand up. (clapping)
(cheering) Congratulations and thank
you for blazing a new trail and not only changing your own lives but for serving as role models
for generations to come. Well done. We know this remarkable
achievement took years of tireless dedication and commitment, but we also recognize
that this achievement is not yours alone. Your family and friends, your tias, tios, and abuelitos, have played a critical role in supporting you in your journey. So today, we celebrate your entire family. Thank you families for your
support and encouragement. Can we give them a round of applause? (cheering and clapping) Graduates, throughout your
years here on our campus, we have spent a great
deal of time talking about what we, the faculty of
Cal State Channel Islands have to teach you. For example, my highly
anticipated speech today, 25 minutes to go, don’t worry. Today, I’d like to talk about what all of you have taught us. You have taught us that
the future is bright because you will be leading it. Whether you are destined
to become an artist, a journalist, a computer scientist, a teacher or an entrepreneur,
we have watched you transform into leaders who
will help shape the solutions to the increasingly complex challenges that are facing us all. The wicked challenges, like
healthcare, climate change, energy and poverty. Time and again, you have demonstrated that you have the grit,
the critical thinking, the problem solving
skills, to find innovative and novel solutions to complex challenges. Through your capstone
courses, internships, research endeavors and community
based learning projects, you’ve taught us that you
share a fundamental commitment to serving and elevating the community of which you are a part. In short, you have taught us that you are the leaders we need to realize a more just and equitable world. We could not be more proud
to be a part of your journey. As a collection of educators,
our goal is to provide every student who wants
to stand precisely where you are today, the opportunity to do so. Of course, our most significant
challenge in realizing that goal is securing the resources needed to continue to offer access
to the transformative power of public higher education
for generations to come. If you look at the budget
that is being proposed by our governor this year, you will note that it
threatens our ability to do just that. So today, after the cake, the confetti– – – the opportunity to earn it and the future prosperity of
our great state of California depends upon them having access to it. Graduates, I do not have to tell you. Education is not a luxury. It is how nations compete. It is how opportunity is created. It is how we sustain our democracy and it will take all
of our voices to compel further investment in higher education. Today graduates, we thank
you for the richness that you have brought
to our campus community. I look forward to watching
you all continue to grow as you embark on a new
journey beyond our doors. But remember, once a
dolphin, always a dolphin. Stay connected to your pod and in case you didn’t
know, a pod is a collection of dolphins, in our case,
very fierce dolphins! Come back often. Tell us how you’re doing and remember, you always have a home here
at Cal State Channel Islands. Congratulations class of 2018, ya did it. (clapping)
(cheering) – Thank you, President Beck. It is now my pleasure to introduce today’s student speaker, Anthony Mendola. (cheering)
(clapping) Anthony is graduating
today summa cum laude with program honors in communication. He has also been inducted into the National Communication Honors
Society, Lambda Pi Eta. Please welcome to the
lectern, Anthony Mendola. – Well, good morning everyone. I’m gonna start off by sharing something that happened to me this morning, which is you heard me mention that,
heard me mention before about me that I graduated summa cum laude, which is amazing. What’s not amazing is that
I’m not wearing the medallion ’cause I left it at home. So, that’s how my day started, guys. So, let’s make sure this goes well. According to Albus Dumbledore, it matters not
(cheering) what someone is born, but what they grow up to be. Perseverance, love and a GED led me from high school dropout to commencement speaker
to you, the class of 2018. (cheering)
(clapping) I was the first of my
parent’s eight children not to graduate from high school. According to our school’s
website, 59% of the graduates sitting here today will be
the first ones in their family to graduate from college. Now, look to your left. Look to your right. And finally, look at yourself. That’s how many graduates
Channel Island’s commencement had 15 years ago. Three! CI has grown so much since
then that I waited in line for like 20 minutes to
buy my cap and gown. And they were out of my size. As CI continues to grow, we
leave with more than a diploma. We leave with a shared
educational experience that CI prides itself at placing
students at the center of and we leave with three more things today. Choice, a voice, and a family. First, you’ve been given a choice. Huffington Post says
only 6.7% of the world has a college degree, so graduating today is a monumental achievement. We have over, oh, go ahead. I don’t wanna stop the applause. Let’s keep that going. We have over 2500 students
graduating this year, as you heard mentioned earlier. That is 10 times the
amount of parking spaces currently available on this campus. (cheering) Truly an amazing accomplishment. Our CI experience gives
us a choice and sometimes, you make the choice to
do something on campus you could get in trouble for. But Jade, understand that I don’t think the library has cameras. You should be good, no big deal. I won’t tell anyone. We all understand that a degree from CI gives us the choice to open
doors to careers like doctors, CEOs and assistant managers
at your local Best Buy. But, understand that this
also gives us a choice to foster the relationships
we have cultivated with our professors, our fellow students and the community beyond. Second, you’ve been given a voice at CI. How? CI has personally given you
the opportunity to flush out many ideas in a safe environment. You’ve seen good ideas
become better ideas. I’ve had terrible ideas challenged like tried to park near the library today. But most importantly, we learn
to continue to have ideas. We all need to take our
ideas out into the world. Use your voice. Now that we talked about voice, finally, you’ve been given a family
and we have been through a lot as a family. In 2016, some people at Channel
Islands lost their hope. In 2017, some people at Channel
Islands lost their homes. In 2018, Channel Islands loses us, but not really. I don’t know if you’re going to get a job right after graduation,
but I do know that you have family at CI right now. Also, fyi, according to payscale.com, 85% of jobs are gotten
through people you know. So, I hope you made some
friends in that whole group. Every good parent, like two
good parents right there, wants one simple thing, for the life of their child to be better than it was for them. That’s family and as a
student, faculty member, and an alumni, each and every one of you are part of the Channel Islands family. So, what does having choice,
voice, and a family mean? All of you have a passion. Use your voice to follow
that passion because graduating from CI means
you have something to say. Take a leap. Try something that scares you. Even if you fall, make the
choice not to stay down. Stand up and when you rise, help lift your family around you. If you graduate and you’re not sure what to do next, listen up here. Understand that is okay. The only wrong choice is not making one. So use your voice and make one. I wanna say thank you
and I love you Mom, Dad, my entire family. Thank you for believing
in me and letting me stand before you today and yes, that
family includes all of you, Channel Islands, so thank you. Now, as you celebrate and
take a moment to reflect on the time that we’ve
spent here on this campus, just remember the immortal
words of Hermione Granger. I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could’ve all been
killed or worse, expelled. Thank you. (clapping)
(cheering) – Thank you Anthony. Next, I am pleased to
introduce the presentation of the honorary doctor of laws. This is the highest honor given jointly by the CSU Board of Trustees
and CSU Channel Islands. Please welcome Dr. Adams and
President Beck to the lectern for the conferral of the
honorary doctorate degree to Ventura County Superior Court Judge, the honorable Michele M. Castillo. (clapping) – Superior Court Judge,
Michele Marie Castillo, is the first Latina-Philippina
to serve on the bench in Ventura County. Before her judgeship, she
served as court commissioner and deputy public defender in
Ventura and Fresno counties. Her story is one of triumph following deep, personal struggle. As the daughter of a 16-year-old mother and a father who struggled with addiction, Judge Castillo experienced
a turbulent childhood and often retreated to
her room with her books to find solace. In second grade, she came upon a book about Dr. Martin Luther King. At the time, she could not have imagined how his words would alter
the course of her life. But even at a very young
age, Dr. King inspired her to commit to the ideals
of equality and justice. She vowed to help make a
difference in the lives of others. Judge Castillo went on to
obtain a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a law degree
from Thomas Jefferson’s school of law, and received
countless awards and recognition for her scholarly accomplishments. When she began her career
as a public defender and later as a Superior
Court commissioner, Dr. King’s words echoed in her mind as she worked to ensure
justice in cases related to children, women and families. A community advocate and volunteer, Judge Castillo often
speaks at area schools and organizations and
invites school children to her courtroom to teach
them about the court’s role. She also works as a criminal law professor at the Santa Barbara and
Ventura colleges of law and has taught pro tem judges
how to adjudicate cases involving self-represented litigants. In recognition of her
dedication to a career in public service and her
groundbreaking accomplishment of becoming the first
Latina-Philippina ever to be appointed to the bench in Ventura County, the Board of Trustees of
California State University and California State
University Channel Islands are proud to confer upon
Michele Marie Castillo the honorary degree of doctor of laws. Please welcome Judge Michele
Castillo to the lectern. (clapping) Dr. Castillo, would you
like to share a few words? – I’m a judge, we like to talk. So, thank you. Good morning President
Beck, provost Chase, cabinet members and distinguished faculty and most importantly, the graduates, their families and loved ones. I am deeply honored and truly humbled to accept this honorary
doctoral degree from CSUCI. As I was preparing to speak
today, I thought about my journey to the bench and my
days in undergraduate school. Being here at your university
brings back some memories of living on a tight budget,
staying up late to study, rushing to get to classes, and making lifetime friends
throughout the process. What fond memories they are, truly. You see, it was an undergraduate school that I built the foundation
for pursuing higher education in law, learned and
honed leadership skills, and became deeply committed
to public service. Simply put, my undergraduate education gave me the tools that I
needed to pursue my dreams. You now join thousands of
other graduates from CSUCI and will soon bear witness
to the transformative power of a university education. No matter whether you choose
to continue with your education or choose to work. The foundation and education
that you now have earned from CSUCI will be invaluable. It will open doors that
were once closed to you. It will make you and your
families more socially mobile. Education is the great equalizer, positioning you for
possibilities in your career and your future. The possibilities are endless. As a citizen of Ventura
County, I have seen firsthand the growth and development
of this incredible academic institution, CSUCI, and the significant
contributions that your graduates and faculty are making to
our community and beyond. I can attest to education
enabling socially, social mobility. My journey to where I am
standing before you today, ironically began in Ventura County. I grew up in Ventura and I come from a multiracial family. My father is Mexican and my
mother is Philippina and white. As a little girl in elementary
school, as you heard, I became fascinated with
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and I always bought books
about him with my book money beginning in the second grade. What attracted me to
his story at a young age was the fact that he stood
up for what was right, and what was just. However, my interest in
history, social justice, human rights and civil
rights did not end there. Fortunately, in high school,
I was accepted to the University of California,
Santa Barbara EOP, Education Opportunity Programs
Summer Academic Institute, high school programs for
summer school between 10th and 11th grade. This was a program geared
toward low income students and educationally disadvantaged students with the purpose of encouraging students to stay in school and
eventually, to attend college. I qualified not only because of my grades, but because I was from
a low income family, as my father was addicted
to illicit substances, who often did not work,
leaving my mother to be the sole breadwinner of a family of five. Between 11th and 12th
grade, I was accepted to Stanford University for the summer through the Junior Statesmen
of America program. This was a program geared
towards high school students with an interest in
history, civics, politics, speech and debate. I did those programs in high school despite support from my
high school counselor, who encouraged me to take home ec instead of more challenging
classes because in his mind, I would soon be at home. I did those programs without
significant financial support from my family. I was sponsored through
donations from various people, organizations, and scholarships. After high school, I attended
the University of California in Los Angeles where I
earned my four year degree, okay five, well okay, really it was six. I loved UCLA. I earned two bachelor of
arts degrees in history and women’s studies. It wasn’t until I was at UCLA that I thought about becoming a lawyer. What interested me in the law was that the law can be used
as a tool for social change. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Law and order exists for the purpose of “establishing justice and when
they fail in this purpose, “they become the
dangerously structured dams “that block the flow of progress.” After UCLA, I went to Thomas
Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where I earned my GD degree. I also earned a certificate in International Human Rights
Law from Oxford University, George Washington School of Law during one summer in law school. After law school, as you heard, I practiced as a criminal
defense attorney for 12 years. In July 2014 on my birthday,
I received a phone call from the presiding judge
of the Ventura County Superior Court to appoint me to the Ventura County bench as
a Superior Court commissioner and on June 27, 2016,
I received a phone call from Governor Jerry Brown’s office appointing me to the bench as a judge. Not surprisingly, I remained
committed to public service. It’s honorable and deeply rewarding. I touched upon some of the
obstacles that I had to overcome to get to where I am today. Some were financial. Some were related to a
lack of support from those in a position to help, such
as my high school counselor or even my immediate family
members who wanted to help, but were financially strapped themselves. Each and every one of
you has had your share of obstacles to overcome
on your own journey. Many of you are first
generation college students. Many of you come from less economic means. Many of you have a
similar journey to my own. Each and every one of you
stands in a unique position. You are in a unique position
because you have now earned a university degree,
be it a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree. If I can offer one bit of
advice to you as you embark on furthering your education or working, it is that two things
will always follow you, your reputation and your
integrity or lack thereof. That is advice that I live by every day as the first Latina on the
bench in Ventura County. (cheering)
(clapping) Thank you. So CSUCI, class of 2018, I congratulate you on your graduation and I am honored to share the
stage with all of you today. I truly appreciate CSUCI
for conferring this honorary doctoral degree upon me and will forever wear it
with pride and humility. I dare each and every one
of you to go out there and make a difference with
your university education. Thank you. (clapping) – Congratulations Dr. Castillo. (clapping) Now, I would like to
invite Drs. Liang, Parmar, Soltys, and Grzegorczyk to come forward. Will the masters degree
candidates please stand and President Beck,
will you please join me at the lectern? (cheering) President Beck, I present to you the California State University
Channel Islands 2018 candidates for master’s degrees. These candidates have
completed the requirements for the masters degree
as prescribed by the state of California
and the trustees of the California State University and have been recommended
by the faculty of the California State
University Channel Islands. – Upon the recommendation of the faculty of the California State
University Channel Islands and the authority vested in
me by the Board of Trustees, I hereby confer upon
you the Master of Arts and Master of Science
with all of the rights, honors, and responsibilities
pertaining thereto. Congratulations. (clapping) – Will the candidates
for the master’s degrees please proceed to the stage? – Master’s of science and
mathematics (Reading names of candidates) Master’s of science in
biotechnology and bioinformatics. (Reading names of candidates) Master’s in biotechnology with
an emphasis in stem cell technology (Reading names of candidates) Dual degree master’s in
biotechnology and an MBA. (Reading names of candidates) Master’s of Business Administration. (Reading names of candidates) Master of Science in Computer Science. (Reading names of candidates) – And now, will all the candidates
for baccalaureate degree please stand And President Beck, will you
kindly join me once again at the lectern. President Beck, I present to you the California State
University Channel Islands undergraduate class of 2018. (clapping) These candidates have
completed the requirements for the baccalaureate degree
as prescribed by the state of California and the trustees of the State of California system
and have been recommended by the faculty of
California State University Channel Islands. – Upon the recommendation of the faculty of California State
University Channel Islands and the authority vested in
me by the Board of Trustees, I hereby confer upon you
the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science degrees
with all of the rights, honors, responsibilities
pertaining thereto. Congratulations to the class of 2018. BS in Applied Physics (Reading names of candidates) BS Business, Martin V. Smith School
of Business and Economics (Reading names of candidates) BA/BS in Biology (Reading names of candidates) BA/BS in Chemistry (Reading names of candidates) BS in ESRM (Reading names of candidates) BS in Mathematics (Reading names of candidates) BS in Health Science (Reading names of candidates) BA in Economics (Reading names of candidates) BA in Communication (Reading names of candidates) BS in Nursing (Reading names of candidates) BA in Spanish (Reading names of candidates) BS in Computer Science (Reading names of candidates) BS in Information Technology (Reading names of candidates) (Loud Cheering) (Bell Ringing) Congratulations! As is academic tradition a student who has not yet earned a degree wears the tassel of his
or her mortarboard on the right side However, once the degree is conferred,
the scholar moves the tassel to the left joining a select company of university
educated men and women In recognition of your new status,
I invite all recipients of a bachelor’s degree to move your tassel to the left,
as we applaud your efforts (cheering) In closing, I would like to inform all our new
graduates that as you recess today at the conclusion of this ceremony,
exchange your diploma tube for a diploma cover as you pass
through the tent on your way out. The recession will begin immediately
following the singing of our Alma Mater Ladies, gentlemen, and graduates: I invite
you to please stand for the singing of our Alma Mater, which was arranged and composed by
Dr. Theodore Lucas, Professor Emeritus of Performing Arts. The Alma Mater can be found on page 27
of your printed program and will be lead today by Jalen Moody,
who is pursuing a baccalaureate degree in biology Jalen, please come forward. (music) ♪ Sing we now of Channel Islands ♪ ♪ Alma Mater dear ♪ ♪ Raise a song of friendship ♪ ♪ and sing for all to hear ♪ ♪ We shall always stand united ♪ ♪ Onward we shall sail ♪ ♪ With hearts and hands together ♪ ♪ All hail, hail, hail! ♪ ♪ From the islands to the mountains ♪ ♪ to the mighty shore ♪ ♪ Cal State Channel Islands ♪ ♪ Shall stand for evermore ♪ ♪ Even in adversity, the Dolphin shall prevail ♪ ♪ To thee, our Alma Mater, all hail, hail, hail! ♪ (recessional music)

Michael Martin

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