May 29, 2001 Vol. V, No. 17

Nearly 7,000 Students Graduate in Spring Ceremonies

Congressman, Community Activist and TV Studio Head
are Among This Year's Slate of Commencement Speakers

Congressman Brad Sherman, community activist Irene Tovar and television studio executive Michael Klausman are among the dignitaries scheduled to address the nearly 7,000 Cal State Northridge students graduating this week.

An estimated 6,874 students are candidates to receive diplomas-about 5,917 bachelor's and 946 master's degrees spread among 58 disciplines-in ceremonies that begin the evening of Tuesday, May 29 with the university's Honors Convocation.

"Commencement is a joyous time for the university and for the graduates, their spouses, parents and families-all of the people who supported them over the years and helped them succeed," said CSUN President Jolene Koester.

"We are extremely proud of our graduates and equally proud of the distinguished alumni who are returning to their alma mater to participate in commencement," the president said. "We see graduation as a community celebration, and all are welcome."

The following are CSUN's 2001 commencement ceremonies:

Honors Convocation
6 p.m. Tuesday, May 29

The graduation celebration begins with the Honors Convocation at the University Club. This year's convocation speaker is President Koester, who was inaugurated in April as the university's fourth president in its 43-year history.

Business Administration and Economics
8 a.m. Wednesday, May 30

Congressman Brad Sherman will speak at the College of Business Administration and Economics' ceremony on the Oviatt Lawn. Sherman, a former member of California's Board of Equalization, serves in the U.S. Congress as a Democrat representative of the 24th District, which includes parts of the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County. He is a former C.P.A who went on to earn a law degree from Harvard.

Engineering and Computer Science
4 p.m. Wednesday, May 30

Peggy Nelson, director of systems development and operations for TRW Systems Information Technology Group and a CSUN alumna, will speak at the College of Engineering and Computer Science's ceremony at the University Club.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30

Community activist Irene Tovar will give the commencement address for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences on the Oviatt Lawn. Tovar, a CSUN alumna, is executive director of the Latin American Civic Association, the largest HeadStart program in the San Fernando Valley.

Health and Human Development
8 a.m. Thursday, May 31

Eric Schultz, executive director of Arthur B. Schultz Foundation, will speak at the College of Health and Human Development ceremony on the Oviatt Lawn. The foundation, founded by and named for Schultz's father, seeks to promote environmental conservation, greater access and recreational opportunity for the disabled and socially responsible economic development.

Science and Mathematics
4 p.m. Thursday, May 31

Michael Day, director of the Beckman Institute Crystallography Laboratory at Caltech, will give the commencement address for the College of Science and Mathematics at the University Club. Day, a CSUN alumnus, nearly lost his life at age 18 in an accident that left him confined to a wheelchair with limited use of his hands. Despite his disability, Day went on to become one of the country's most respected experts in crystallography, which is the use of crystals to determine molecular geometry.

Arts, Media, and Communication
6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31

Michael Klausman, president of CBS Studio Center, will speak at the College of Arts, Media, and Communication ceremony on the Oviatt Lawn. Klausman, also a CSUN alum, is responsible for the marketing and operation of the center in Studio City, where the television shows produced include "Just Shoot Me," "Will & Grace," "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Spin City." During the ceremony, Los Angeles Councilman Hal Bernson will present a city citation for the college recently being named as the best film school in Southern California.

8 a.m. Friday, June 1

The College of Humanities will not have a speaker for its commencement ceremony on the Oviatt Lawn.

4 p.m. Friday, June 1

CSUN special education professor June Downing will give the commencement address to the College of Education at the University Club. Downing is a national leader in special education, which targets the needs of students with severe disabilities.

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