The Office of Student Involvement and Development oversees the university’s Commencement and Honors Convocation ceremonies in the spring.
Should you have any questions regarding the Commencement and Honors Convocation at CSUN, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Development at (818) 677-2393.
Tom Piernik, Director
Office of Student Involvement and Development
Tom Piernik has provided leadership and direction as the director of the Office for Student Involvement and Development. Mr. Piernik has served in various positions within the CSUN staff and administration since November 1985. He earned his bachelor's degree in advertising and public relations from Penn State University, his master's degree in communications with an emphasis in message management from University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and has undertaken doctoral work in higher education at University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to his administrative role on campus, Mr. Piernik teaches a capstone course within the CSUN queer studies program, linking theory to practice for students completing the minor.
Christopher Aston, Assistant Director
Commencement and Honors Convocation
Christopher Aston is responsible for university programs that bookend student life at CSUN, including New Student Orientation (NSO) for freshman, transfer, and international student populations, and the university’s Commencement and Honors Convocation ceremonies as well as other annual welcoming events. Mr. Aston manages and supervises the NSO leadership programs, which include a team of more than 150 leaders and mentors charged with supporting the continuous process of integrating new students into the academic, cultural and social context at CSUN. His guidance and leadership extend past the Office of Student Involvement and Development as an adjunct professor through undergraduate studies, instructing courses for University 100, the Freshman Seminar at CSUN. Additionally, Mr. Aston has taught courses in the Department of Communication Studies, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.