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Smiles, misty eyes at LA Mission College’s commencement on Tuesday in Sylmar

Karissa Vazquez, the college’s 2024 valedictorian, delivered the student address. She received two associate’s degrees, one in psychology and one in social and behavioral science. Vasquez is transferring to California State University, Northridge, with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Obituary: Raymond A. Davidson

Honored husband and father, Dr. Raymond Alonzo Davidson passed away on June 21, 2015 in his home in Chatsworth, California, at the age of 86. A devoted husband and loving father, he was a fountain of wisdom and a constant guide to his loved ones. Professor Emeritus of the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State University Northridge, he was honored by students and faculty alike. -- Los Angeles Daily News


When it comes to making a difference, third prize winner Devin Huynh, a student at California State University-Northridge, starts with Eleven Percent, referring to both his business and his YouTube channel, which has more than 15,000 subscribers. Huynh's video, "Making a Difference from a Hobby," shows how his passion for creating his own media content developed into a full-fledged profession. His hobby became a platform for outreach and education, dedicated to helping those in need, such as donating Thanksgiving meals to families and school uniforms to kids in Africa. -- Yahoo! Finance

San Diego’s King of Produce

Harrington attended California State University, Northridge but dropped out after one semester. In 1973, he tinkered around with a fresh produce delivery service, the genesis of today’s Specialty Produce. It shuttered after just six weeks and many angry customers, but he learned a lot from the experience. -- San Diego Magazine

Cerence names Antonio Rodriguez as interim CFO

Rodriguez's career includes a tenure as a partner at CSuite Financial Partners since 2018 and a role as CFO of The Bouqs Company from 2019 to 2023. Prior to that, he served as CFO of TouchCommerce Inc. from 2010 to 2018 and began his career at KPMG LLP. He holds a B.S. in business and accounting from California State University, Northridge. -- Investing

They Thought Top Artists Were Giving Them Their Big Break. But Was It All a ‘Menu of Bullshit’?

At the risk of damaging their reputations and disenfranchising longtime fans, it seems bold for mainstream artists to reach into the pockets of their fanbase in such a blatant way. But music scams and rip-offs have been going on for decades, says professor Jeffrey Izzo, the Mike Curb Endowed Chair of Music Industry Studies at California State University, Northridge. -- Rolling Stone Magazine

Bob Suzuki, 88; Former Cal Poly President

Prior to coming to Cal Poly Pomona, Suzuki served as the dean of graduate studies and research at Cal State L.A. from 1981 to 1985 and vice president for academic affairs at CSU Northridge from 1985 to 1991. There, Suzuki worked to increase funding for instruction and research through grants, bolster diversity among faculty and raise the graduation rates of underrepresented students. -- Rafu Shimpo