May 26, 1998 Vol. II, No. 17

CSUN Awards Diplomas to More Than 6,100 Graduates

Honors Convocation Launches Week of Commencement Ceremonies on Campus

Cal State Northridge is slated to award diplomas to 6,162 graduates during a week-long 1998 commencement celebration that begins with the Honors Convocation on Tuesday, May 26.

This year, 5,298 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees in a total of 50 fields. Another 864 are master's degree candidates. Among both groups, about 1,100 are graduating with honors and have been invited to the Honors Convocation, 6 p.m. outside the University Club.

"I'm extremely proud of our 1998 graduates. They have worked very hard to master new knowledge and skills, to overcome every obstacle and to prepare themselves for the challenges of the 21st century," said CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson.

"We also want to acknowledge their families and loved ones for the patience and sacrifice that enable these graduates to complete their education," the president said. "Commencement is a time of tradition, celebration and confidence in the future these graduates will create."

During two college ceremonies, the Cal State system will award honorary doctorates of humane letters to CSUN lecturer Abraham Polonsky, a television and film director who was banished from Hollywood for 16 years during the House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings in the early 1950s, and Harold Williams, president emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a charitable organization devoted to the arts and humanities with a $4.3 billion endowment.

Scheduled commencement speakers include a Los Angeles college president, another noted show business director, a prominent CSUN department chair, an electronics executive, a pioneering biology researcher, a 92-year-old doctor who still practices medicine and a biomedical entrepreneur. The ceremonies and speakers are:

Parking will be free for the commencement ceremonies. For ceremonies on the Oviatt Lawn, enter the campus from Nordhoff Street at Darby Avenue and follow the signs to parking lot entrances. For ceremonies outside the University Club, enter the campus from Zelzah Avenue at Dearborn Street and follow the signs to the parking lot on the right after entering Dearborn.

Last week on May 22, more than 400 students from CSUN's Ventura Campus also received their diplomas in the first ceremony at the future Cal State Channel Islands campus. The speaker was state Sen. Jack O'Connell (D-San Luis Obispo), a Cal State Fullerton graduate.

Next year's CSUN commencement will climax a year of 40th anniversary events being planned by a campus committee headed by Bill Outhouse, vice president of university relations, and Don Cameron, former associate vice president of faculty affairs.

The committee is encouraging campus community participation in the upcoming events, including a kickoff Founders Day program in the fall, and soliciting event listings for the 1998-99 year. Comments and suggestions can be sent to the 40th Anniversary Celebration Committee at campus mail drop 8275.

-Mayerene Barker

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