Coyote Communiqué – May 29, 2014

b137f404-ee88-4d98-ada8-ce75e6243c28Commencement at Cal State San Bernardino is right around the corner. It’s the one day, or three days in our case, that our university family looks forward to every year when we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students.

This year, more than 3,200 students are eligible to participate in our graduation ceremonies at the San Bernardino campus and at our Palm Desert Campus. But for this June’s commencement, we’re doing things a little differently and I want to share the changes with you: Our six graduation ceremonies will be held from Thursday, June 12, through Saturday, June 14. We will have no commencement ceremonies on Sunday, so all our CSUSB students, faculty and staff and their families will be able to celebrate Father’s Day.

The first commencement ceremony will be for our Palm Desert Campus students on Thursday, June 12. The commencement will be at 6 p.m. at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

On Friday, June 13, the graduation exercises move to Coussoulis Arena for our graduate students who will receive their master’s and doctoral degrees. The ceremony begins at 6:45 p.m.

On Saturday, June 14, commencement exercises begin at 7:45 a.m. with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences ceremony, followed by the ceremonies for the Colleges of Arts and Letters and Education at 11:45 a.m., the College of Business and Public Administration at 3:45 p.m. and the College of Natural Sciences at 7:45 p.m.

Each ceremony will honor its college’s outstanding undergraduates and graduate students, but in two of the ceremonies we will also grant honorary doctorates to three people for their outstanding accomplishments.

At the Arts and Letters ceremony, we will recognize newspaper publisher and philanthropist Hardy Brown Sr. with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in appreciation of his extraordinary contributions to the Inland Empire. Hardy and his wife, Assembly Member Cheryl Brown, co-founded Brown Publishing Company to produce the weekly newspaper, the Black Voice News, which focuses on news in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Hardy is also co-founder of the Black Voice Foundation, under whose aegis a number of programs to educate and preserve the African American legacy in the Inland Empire and the state of California are offered.

Later that afternoon, at the College of Business and Public Administration ceremony, we will recognize Cardenas Markets founders and philanthropists, the late Jesus Cardenas and his wife Luz Cardenas, with Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters for their remarkable contributions to business, education and quality of life in the Inland Empire. The Cardenas family has built one of the most successful privately owned companies in the Inland Empire, encompassing 30 stores in Southern California and Nevada with more than 3,000 employees and more than $800 million in estimated sales. The family founded the Cardenas Markets Scholarships Foundation Inc., which has served as one of the Inland Empire’s leading philanthropic organizations.

For families and friends unable to attend, all of the ceremonies at Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena will be webcast live.

If you would like more information about the June 2014 graduations, visit the CSUSB Commencement website or contact the Office of Special Events and Guest Services at (909) 537-7360.

Thanks for your time and congratulations to all our graduating students.


Tomás D. Morales