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.
Director, Office of Student Involvement and Development
Patrick Bailey has served as the Director of Student Involvement and Development at CSUN since September 2014. In this role he is responsible for a variety of programs and services focused on connecting, developing and celebrating CSUN students. The Matador Involvement Center, New Student Orientation and the signature campus programs of Commencement and Freshman Convocation are included in this portfolio. Patrick is passionate about student success and understands the advantage that student involvement can provide. Building campus connections for students and developing spirit and traditions to enhance the overall student experience has always been a special area of focus for him.
Originally from Poca, West Virginia and still a very proud “Poca Dot,” Patrick completed his undergraduate degree from Bethany College, in Bethany, WV, and his Master’s degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University. Prior to becoming a Matador, Patrick worked at West Virginia State University (Yellow Jackets), California State University, Los Angeles (Golden Eagles), and at the University of Southern California (Trojans).
Patrick has been involved in various professional and community organizations. He chaired the 100th Anniversary Task Force for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership for his contributions in addition to being named as an ICON. He is a 4-H All-Star and also served as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
Christopher J. R. Aston
Assistant Director, New Student Programs and Transitional Ceremonies
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.
Ashley Simmons, Activities Coordinator
Theresa Hadden, Administrative Support Assistant
New Student Programs & Commencement/Honors Convocation