College of Business & Health Sciences and Human Services - Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony

College of Business & Health Sciences and Human Services - Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony

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♪ >> GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM PLEASED TO DECLARE THAT THE 2022 COMMENCEMENT IS IN SESSION AND I WELCOME YOU TO THIS SPECIAL OCCASION. IN RECOGNITION OF OUR COMMUNITY AND AUDIENCE, WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU IN OTHER LANGUAGES. [SPEAKING NON-ENGLISH L ANGUAGES] [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU. PLEASE STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. >> ♪ OH SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWNS'S EARLY LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT OR THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING AND THE ROCKETS RED GLARE THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE O SAY DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? ♪ ♪ [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU.

THE PRESIDENT OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY HONORARY BAY. -- MONTEREY BAY. ALL OF YOUR DISCIPLINE, FOCUS, CREATIVITY, PLEASE STAND IF YOU'RE ABLE SO WE CAN APPLAUD YOU. [APPLAUSE] CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY MONTEREY BAY RESIDES ON INDIGENOUS HOMELANDS. IT IS ON THIS RICH HOMELAND WHERE WE ARE IN INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO A DIVERSE COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS.

OUR STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, ALUMNI AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS EXPLORE THE COMMUNITY CAMPUS, AND REMEMBER TO TAKE NOTE OF ITS NATURAL BEAUTY, AND REMEMBER THAT ANCESTORS REST BENEATH THE PATHWAYS. I WILL NOW INTRODUCE MEMBERS WHO WILL NOT BE INTRODUCED LATER. PLEASE STAND AS I PRESENT TO YOU. THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR STRATEGIC INITIATIVE. THE INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS.

THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT. THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE. THE ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY PERSONNEL. THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER. THE ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AND CHIEF.

THE INTERIM DEAN OF GRADUATE STUDIES. DEAN OF EXTENDED EDUCATION. ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ECONOMIC PLANNING. INTERIM DEAN. ASSOCIATE DEAN, COLLEGE OF SCIENCE. ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS.

AND 2022, 23 PRESIDENT OF STUDENTS. THANK YOU, YOU MAY BE SEATED. NEXT I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACULTY HERE TODAY. WE THINK FACULTY FOR THEIR SINCERE COMMITMENT TO HELPING STUDENTS CELEBRATE TODAY. PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU, YOU MAY BE SEATED.

NO I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF GRADUATES JOINING US TODAY. THIS IS YOUR DAY, AS WELL. [APPLAUSE] . FAMILY MEMBERS, PLEASE STAND IF YOU'RE ABLE, OR WAVE TO BE RECOGNIZED. [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU, YOU MAY BE SEATED. I WANT TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU TO THIS SPECIAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF OUR UNIVERSITY. COMMENCEMENT REPRESENT THE GREAT MILESTONE, THE CULMINATION OF YEARS OF HOPES AND DREAMS.

YOU MADE IT -- CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE] IT IS OFTEN SAID THE BEST MEASUREMENT OF THE QUALITY OF UNIVERSITY IS THE QUALITY OF ITS GRADUATES. IT LOOKS LIKE OUR REPRESENTATION -- REPUTATION IS IN SAFE HANDS. THE DICTIONARY DEFINES OPPORTUNITY AS A SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO DO SOMETHING.

AT CSUMB WE WORK TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, MANY WHO ARE THE FIRST IN THEIR FAMILIES TO ATTEND COLLEGE, TO ACHIEVE HIGHER EDUCATION. YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOORS THAT WERE OFTEN TO YOU, YOU DID NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY. YOU COMPLETED THE HOURS, -- YOU WENT THROUGH THE HOURS, COMPLETED THE ASSIGNMENTS, AND FIGURED OUT WHAT YOU NEEDED TO DO AND DID IT. CONGRATULATIONS.

[APPLAUSE] THIS WEEKEND WE ARE CELEBRATING THE COMPLIMENTS OF A RECORD NUMBER OF GRADUATES. WE HAVE 2300 45 CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION IN THREE CEREMONIES THIS WEEKEND. [APPLAUSE] 355 TOOK PART IN OUR OUTREACH SUPPORT PROGRAMS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO HELP FIRST GENERATION, MIGRANT STUDENTS AND FOSTER STUDENTS.

CSUMB BELIEVES STRONGLY IN THE RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR NATION'S VETERANS. WE HAVE A TOTAL 21 DEGREE CANDIDATES THAT ARE VETERANS, 10 GRADUATING WITH HONORS. WILL OUR GRADUATES WHO ARE VETERANS PLEASE RISE SO WE CAN SALUTE YOUR SERVICE TO OUR NATION. [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU. OUR GRADUATES COME FROM 25 STATES AND 35 COUNTRIES. THOSE WHO CAME THE FARTHEST -- ONE WHO CAME THE FARTHEST IS FROM KENYA AND MALAYSIA.

EACH OF OUR STUDENTS HAS HIS OR HER UNIQUE STORY OF A COMPLIMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW. LAURA KENDALL. ARE YOU HERE? WHY DON'T YOU STAND WHILE I TALK ABOUT YOU? [LAUGHTER] LOWER IS A VETERAN WHO SPENT FIVE YEARS IN THE ARMY AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL BUT DECIDED TO LEAVE TO FOCUS ON BEING A MOTHER. SHE THEN DECIDED TO ENROLL AT CSUMB AND GOT HER BA AT SOCIAL -- IN SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE IN 2019, WHERE SHE FOCUSED ON LACK OF CARE AROUND THOSE WITH PTSD.

SHE IS PURSUING HER MASTERS IN SOCIAL WORK. [APPLAUSE] DURING HER ACADEMIC JOURNEY, SHE HAS WORKED WITH HOMELESS VETERANS. DOING GROUP THERAPY WITH INCARCERATED VETERANS IN LOCAL JAILS AND ADVOCATING FOR THEM. HER GOALS ARE TO BECOME A SOCIAL WORKER AT A V.A. FACILITY AND HELP THOSE WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.

CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST OF LUCK IN YOUR ENDEAVORS. [APPLAUSE] NOW I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT SABRINA LEE. IS SHE HERE? OK, STAND. YOU GOT THE SPOTLIGHT. SABRINA IS A FIRST GENERATION, AND HAS OBTAINED VARIOUS GOALS AND HER JOURNEY. SHE IS PARTICULAR PROUD OF HER ROLE AS A RESIDENTIAL ADVISOR, WHERE SHE COLLECTED RECYCLABLES WITH STUDENTS AND EXCHANGED THEM TO START A BASIC NEEDS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES PANTRY IN HER DORM ROOM TO EASE THE NEEDS FOR STUDENTS.

TODAY SHE GRADUATES WITH HER DEGREE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AT CSUMB. CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE] I'VE GOT THREE MORE. DYLAN HERRICK. DYLAN GREW UP IN WISCONSIN AND MOVED TO SALINAS, AND WENT INTO THE MARINE CORPS. HE TRANSFERRED TO CSUMB.

TODAY HE GRADUATES WITH A MAJOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. IN 2021, HE WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. [APPLAUSE] DYLAN COMBINED HIS BUSINESS DEGREE AND A PASSION FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS COMMUNITY TO OPEN CLEARWATER ASSISTED LIVING, AND ASSISTED-LIVING COMPANY THAT PROVIDES A STABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES. HIS FUTURE GOALS ARE TO GROW HIS BUSINESS AND USES DEGREE TO SPREAD RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS IDEAS, BASED ON THE QUINTUPLE BOTTOM LINE. CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE] JENNIFER.

JENNIFER IS GRADUATING WITH A DEGREE -- WITH A MINOR IN SOCIAL WORK. THROUGH THE FIELD INTERNSHIP PROGRAM, SHE HAS BEEN INTERNING AT GATHERING FOR WOMEN, A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN MONTEREY THAT FOCUSES ON PROVIDING SHELTER, BASIC NEEDS AND A CARING ENVIRONMENT TO HOMELESS WOMEN STRUGGLING WITH AN ARRAY OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH ISSUES. FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, SHE HAS ALSO BEEN WORKING ON A RESEARCH PROJECT THAT FOCUSES ON RACIAL EQUITY AND BEST PRACTICES FOR ADDRESSING -- IN THE COMMUNITY. SHE SAYS IT IS AN IMPORTANT EXPENSE AND CAMPUS THAT MADE AN IMPACT ON OUR LIFE. SHE PLANS TO PURSUE A MASTERS DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK AND GIVE BACK. CONGRATULATIONS.

[APPLAUSE] ELEANOR FLOREZ MOVED FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO THE U.S. EIGHT YEARS AGO, AND SAYS IT WAS A CHALLENGING ADJUSTMENT AS AN IMMIGRANT DEALING WITH MICRO-AGGRESSION AND CULTURAL BARRIERS. DURING HER INTERNATIONAL PROJECT COURSE, ELEANOR TOOK HER CLASSMATES ON A TRIP TO HER HOME COUNTRY TO SHOWCASE WHAT SHE IS PROUD OF ABOUT HER HERITAGE, CULTURE AND COUNTRY. DESPITE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME JUGGLING SCHOOL, FAMILY AND A FULL-TIME JOB, TODAY SHE IS GRADUATING WITH A MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND ALREADY HAS A JOB OFFER TO JOIN A FORTUNE 500 COMPANY AND PLANS TO WORK HER WAY TOWARD BECOMING AN EXECUTIVE. BEST OF LUCK. CONGRATULATIONS.

[APPLAUSE] CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO ALL OF OUR GRADUATES. PLEASE WELCOME YOUR ALUMNI PRESIDENT TO THE PODIUM. [APPLAUSE] >> I SEE YOU.

IF YOU CAN HEAR ME, KLOPP WANTS -- CLAP ONCE. TALL PEOPLE PROBLEMS. THANK YOU, PRESIDENT OCHOA. GRADUATES. GRADUATES! ON BEHALF OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, I EXTEND OUR CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT. FIRST OF ALL, IN YOUR JOURNEY, NEW OVERCAME THE PANDEMIC.

PLEASE BRUSH YOUR SHOULDERS OFF. THAT'S RIGHT, THAT'S RIGHT. YOU GOTTA BRUSH THAT OFF, THE JANITOR WILL GET IT LATER. [LAUGHTER] SECOND OF ALL, YOU ARE THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS AFTER THE PANDEMIC.

[APPLAUSE] THAT'S RIGHT, WE ARE OUTSIDE. IN THE FIRST TO GRADUATE ON THE BRAND-NEW SOCCER FIELD. [APPLAUSE] FEELS GOOD. THANK YOU, MONTEREY BAY FOOTBALL CLUB, WE APPRECIATE YOU. RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU'RE HAPPY THIS ISN'T ON ZOOM. IN THE FAMILIES, TOO.

ME TOO. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TO CELEBRATE YOURSELF, YOUR GRADUATION, AND YOUR FUTURE. ON YOUR SEAT YOU WILL FIND THE ALUMNI PIN. SOME OF YOU MIGHT STILL BE SITTING ON IT. PLEASE WEAR IT WITH PRIDE. IT IS A SYMBOL OF YOUR LIFELONG CONNECTION TO CSUMB AND MEMORIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU HAVE MADE HERE.

I AM SO EXCITED. I'M NOT CRYING -- YOU ARE CRYING. YOU JOIN THE RANKS OF OVER 24,000 FELLOW CSUMB ALUMNI MEMBERS THROUGH THE COUNTRY AND WORLD.

THAT'S RIGHT. MOST MEMBERS OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, WE WANT TO GIVE BACK TO YOU. WE WILL INVITE YOU TO GAMES -- ONLY A FEW FANS IN THE AUDIENCE -- OK, SOME OVER THERE. GIANTS GAMES? OK, THE DODGER FANS IN OUR IN-HOUSE PEER WE PUT THEM OVER THERE ON PURPOSE.

SHARKS GAMES, ALUMNI VISITS, AND WINE EVENTS. WE PLAN EVERYTHING, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SHOW UP. WAVE YOUR HAND IF YOU LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT. YEAH. DODGER FANS, YOU ARE INVITED TOO. WHEREVER YOU GO, STAY CONNECTED.

MAKE SURE YOU UPDATE THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WITH YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL. I KNOW MANY OF YOU HAVE RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIPS ON YOUR JOURNEY. OTHERS HAVE GIVEN BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY TO ENSURE THAT CURRENT AND FUTURE STUDENTS RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIPS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY TO CURRENT AND FUTURE OTTERS. IF YOU WANT TO GIVE BACK OR PAY IT FORWARD, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND DONATE. I DON'T SEE ANY PHONES OUT.

[LAUGHTER] I'M SURE YOU'VE HEARD, THE FRIENDS YOU MAKE WILL BE THE THINGS YOU DO. IF YOUR FRIENDS DO NOTHING YOU WILL DO -- ONLY THESE FOLKS GET A DEGREE, THE REST OF YOU CHECK WITH ME AFTER CLASS. IF YOUR FRIENDS CHANGE THE WORLD, SO WILL YOU. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE A FRIEND OF CSUMB THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

IT IS HAPPENING AS WE SPEAK. IN THE WORLD IN THE COMMUNITIES YOU ARE LEAVING BETTER THAN YOU FOUND THEM. OVER TIME, THE RIPPLE EFFECT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD AND THAT IS PART OF YOUR LEGACY.

CHERISH THE FRIENDSHIPS YOU HAVE MADE AT AND WITH CSUMB, BECAUSE WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD TOGETHER. AND WE WILL WRITE ABOUT IT IN THE CSUMB ALUMNI NEWSLETTER, SO STAY CONNECTED. LASTLY, I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW YOU ARE STRONG IN BOTH OBVIOUS AND SECRET WAYS. I DON'T THINK THAT LANDED RIGHT -- FAMILY, YOU CAN SNAP AS WELL.

YOU ARE STRONG IN BOTH OBVIOUS AND SECRET WAYS. THANK YOU FOR ACKNOWLEDGING YOURSELF. WE ARE ALMOST DONE.

YOU READY? 1, 2, 3 -- [SIGHS] THAT WAS THE FINAL STEP TO GET YOUR DEGREE. [LAUGHTER] FAMILY, ARE YOU READY TO JOIN WITH US? WE WILL CHANT "WE MADE IT." 1, 2, 3 -- >> WE MADE IT! >> YOU MADE IT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT FUTURE ALUMNI EVENTS. GIVE BIG LOVE TO THE AUDACIOUS, OUTSTANDING STUDENT SPEAKERS OF YOUR CLASS THAT PRESIDENT OCHOA WILL BE INTRODUCING AFTER ME.

REMEMBER, BIG LOVE. BIG LOVE RIGHT NOW, GO -- [APPLAUSE] I HOPE YOU ARE READY. THANK YOU CLASS OF 2022. [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU, PATTERSON. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THE STUDENT SPEAKER FOR THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY. A BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MAJOR WITH A CONCENTRATION IN -- FROM CALIFORNIA.

SHE IS A RECIPIENT OF AN AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP AND BEING A POSITIVE AGENT FOR ACTION, WHILE MAINTAINING AN EXEMPLARY ACADEMIC RECORD. IT WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED AS A 2022 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI. SHE STARTED HER COLLEGE CAREER AT KOREA COLLEGE -- CARILLO COLLEGE AND THEN TRANSFERRED TO CSUMB IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC.

WHILE HER START AT THE UNIVERSITY WAS VIRTUAL, SHE WAS DETERMINED TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF HER COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. DURING HER TIME HERE, SHE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN THE BUSINESS CLUB AND WORKED HER WAY TO BECOMING THE PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB AFTER JUST TWO SEMESTERS. SHE IS ALSO A MENTOR TO TRANSFER STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER. SHE HAS HELD INTERNSHIPS, AND PLANS TO WORK FOR AN AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS AFTER GRADUATION. PLEASE WELCOME HER. [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU, PRESIDENT OCHOA.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. MY NAME IS MARANDA SAMPSON AND I AM EXCITED TO BE HERE WITH YOU ALL TODAY. WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR ALL OF US. WE ARE THE CLASS OF 2022. THESE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN QUITE THE JOURNEY, ALBEIT UNEXPECTED. IT HAS BEEN A ROAD OF LEARNING AND GROWTH.

SOMETHING I THINK ABOUT WHEN I LOOK AT THE LAST FOUR YEARS WAS SOMETHING MY DAD TOLD ME WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND SOON TO START COLLEGE. HE SAID, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM ANYMORE. THANKS A LOT, DAD. THIS MIGHT SEEM HARSH, BUT THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT, HE MAY HAVE HAD A POINT. IN HIGH SCHOOL, EVERYONE IS BASICALLY REQUIRED TO BE THERE.

BASED ON A PERSONAL DRIVE TO EXCEL, SOME STUDENTS TOOK HIGHER-LEVEL CLASSES THAN OTHERS, AP CLASSES. IT SEEMS FOR ME FOR SOME STUDENTS, THE ACCELERATED PACE CHARACTERISTIC OF AP CLASSES WILL STILL NOT CHALLENGING FOR THEM. WE PROBABLY ALL HAD A HANDFUL OF CLASSES IN HIGH SCHOOL WE JUST KNEW YOU DID NOT HAVE TO TRY AS HARD.

INFORMATION CAME NATURALLY TO THEM AND THEY FLEW BY WITH A'S AND B'S. TO ME, THOSE STUDENTS SEEMED LUCKY. ALTHOUGH I FELT I WASN'T THE SMARTEST IN THE ROOM, I WORKED HARD TO PASS THE EXAM ALONG WITH THE NATURALS. WHEN I GOT TO COLLEGE, IT WAS CLEAR TO ME THAT EVERYONE HERE MADE IT ON THEIR OWN MERIT.

BASED ON THEIR OWN HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. WHETHER WE WENT THROUGH A COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR STARTED AT CSUMB AS FRESHMEN, WE HAD OUR OWN PATH TO GET HERE. THOSE PATHS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN SMOOTH, THEY MAY HAVE BEEN BUMPY. SOME OF US MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED MANY BUMPS LIKE THE ROAD THROUGH CAMPUS. REGARDLESS, WE ALL EXPERIENCED THE BUMPS THAT OCCURRED IN THE SPRING OF 2020. IN THOSE LAST FEW MONTHS OF THE SEMESTER, WE WERE THROWN INTO ONLINE CLASSES AND FORCED TO ADAPT TO A VIRTUAL MODALITY.

AT THIS TIME I WAS ACCEPTED INTO CSUMB. EVEN GIVEN THE UNCERTAIN TIMES AHEAD OF US, IT WAS THE BEST CHOICE I COULD'VE MADE. IF I HAD GONE TO A DIFFERENT UNIVERSITY, I WOULD NOT HAVE MADE THE FRIENDS I HAVE NOW, WOULD NOT HAVE MET ANY OF THE SUPPORTIVE PROFESSORS, AND WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN INTO THE INTERNSHIP CITED. I ALSO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN IN HUMOROUS BREAKOUT ROOMS WHERE WE SAT IN SILENCE. I HAVE TAKEN A FEW ONLINE CLASSES BEFORE COVID, BUT THIS WAS A SHOCK.

IT WAS HARD TO COMMUNICATE WITH PROFESSORS AND EVEN HARDER TO CONNECT WITH CLASSMATES. IN MY FIRST FEW WEEKS, I BEGAN TO FEEL LOST FOR I WAS OVERWHELMED BY THE WORKLOAD, I HAD 16 UNITS, A LOT. I DID NOT KNOW ANYONE. I FELT LIKE I WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH TO BE HERE, THAT EVERYONE KNEW MORE THAN I DID, AND I WOULD FAIL.

YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM ANYMORE. MAYBE NOT, BUT I DECIDED TO DO MY BEST. MAYBE I WASN'T BORN THE SMARTEST IN THE ROOM BUT I CAN STILL WORK HARD, BUILD EXPERIENCES AND HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE. THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE I CAN THINK OF WHO MIGHT SEEM INHERENTLY SMART, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK CLOSER, HAD TO PUT A LOT OF HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO GET TO WHERE THEY WERE. WALT DISNEY WAS FIRED FROM THE KANSAS CITY STAR, BEING TOLD HE LACKED IMAGINATION AND HAD NO GOOD IDEAS BEFORE HE WAS NOMINATED FOR 59 ACADEMY AWARDS. OPRAH WAS FIRED AS A TV NEWS ANCHOR BEFORE SHE GOT HER TALK IN 1986.

STEVE JOBS WAS FIRED FROM HIS OWN COMPANY AT THE AGE OF 30, BUT HE STILL UNDERSTOOD WHAT HE LOVE TO DO, AND IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, HE CREATED PIXAR. THESE ARE PEOPLE WE THINK OF AS BEING INHERENTLY SMART OR SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT STRUGGLE, BUT THEY STILL PUT AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF TIME AND EFFORT INTO THEIR SUCCESS. WE ALSO HAVE THE ABILITY TO WORK HARD AND SUCCEED IF WE PUT OUR MINDS TO IT. WHEN I GOT TO CSUMB, I DECIDED TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE.

I DECIDED TO PUT IN THE TIME AND EFFORT AND WORK TO DO WELL. I JOINED A CLUB TO FEEL MORE INVOLVED AND CONNECTED IN SCHOOL, I.E. MAILED A FEW STUDENTS IN MY CLASSES TO EXCHANGE NUMBERS AND CREATE STUDY GROUPS, I REACHED OUT TO PROFESSORS WHEN I HAD A QUESTION OR NEEDED HELP. I WENT TO VIRTUAL EVENTS AND LEARNED IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS. I DID ALL MY WORK TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY BECAUSE THAT WAS ALL I COULD DO AND IT WOULD HAVE TO BE ENOUGH.

EVEN THOUGH THERE MAY BE SMARTER PEOPLE, I'VE LEARNED IT IS A GOOD THING. EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT STRENGTH AND IT IS THROUGH COLLABORATION WITH THOSE DIFFERENT STRENGTHS THAT COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THE BEST INNOVATION AND MOST SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS. I LEARNED DIFFERENT EXPENSES, HARD WORK AND ATTITUDE MAKE YOU THE MOST VALUABLE IN THE ROOM, NOT YOUR INHERENT SMARTNESS.

I REALIZE NOW THE POINT OF MY DAD'S ADVICE. EVERYONE IN THIS SCHOOL IS QUALIFIED TO BE HERE. THE BAR IS SET HIGHER THAN HIGH SCHOOL.

IT WASN'T LUCK THAT GOT YOU HERE, IT WAS YOUR HARD WORK, DEDICATION AND ATTITUDE. THESE ARE THE TRAITS THAT MAKE US VALUABLE. ALTHOUGH THERE MAY ALWAYS BE SOMEONE WHO KNOWS MORE, YOU CAN STILL WORK HARD TO BE THE MOST VALUABLE PERSON IN THE ROOM.

AS WE MOVE TO THE NEXT STAGE OF OUR LIVES, WE LEAVE THIS SCHOOL AND WE WILL FIND OURSELVES ON YET ANOTHER LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, THE WORKFORCE. WE MAY DISCOVER AGAIN WE ARE NOT THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM. AS WE MOVE FORWARD, REMEMBER IT IS OUR EXPERIENCES AND VALUE CREATED FOR OURSELVES HERE THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE.

WE WILL SOON LOOK BACK AND FONDLY REMEMBER THE CLUB MEETINGS, THE FIRST IN PERSON EVENT WE ATTENDED, AND EVEN THE LAST-MINUTE RUSH TO SUBMIT AN ASSIGNMENT JUST BEFORE 11:59 P.M. DESPITE ANY INSECURITIES OR DOUBTS YOU HAVE, YOU ARE SITTING HERE TODAY BECAUSE YOU DID THAT. I WILL FOREVER TO BE PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS AMAZING GROUP OF GRADUATES. THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2022.

[APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL REMARKS. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE OUR SECOND STUDENT SPEAKER. MISHA IS A HUMAN SERVICES MAJOR FROM MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA. SHE'S ALSO A RECIPIENT OF THE DEAN'S MEDALIST AWARD. DURING HER TIME AT CSUMB, SHE HAS BEEN INVOLVED AS A NUTRITIONAL ADVISOR. SHE HELPED CREATING THE POP UP FOOD PANTRY THAT SERVES HIGH-QUALITY QUALITY AND DENSE FOOD ITEMS.

SHE WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP STUDENTS WHILE PURSUING HER GOAL IN DIETARY EDUCATION. SHE LOOKS FORWARD TO PROMOTING A HOLISTIC AND NUTRITIONAL WELL-BEING FOR ALL COMMUNITIES. PLEASE WELCOME MISHA. [APPLAUSE] >> HELLO, EVERYBODY. SO WE FINALLY DID IT. CONGRATULATIONS.

[APPLAUSE] WE DID IT THROUGH SOME OF THE MOST CONFUSING AND TRYING TIMES FOR NOT JUST THE COUNTRY, BUT THAT THE WHOLE WORLD HAS EXPERIENCED. THROUGH IT ALL, WE MANAGED TO MAKE FRIENDS, STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY, AND COME TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD MORE THAN EVER BEFORE. IT HAS BEEN A WILD RIDE. BUT NOW WE ARE GRADUATING.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND LET THAT SINK IN. IT IS AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT. YOU ALL WORKED HARD AND EARNED DEGREE. RIGHT OFF THE BAT, MY FATHER KNEW THE MAJOR AT CSUMB WOULD BE THE RIGHT ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT. HE REMINDED ME FOR THIS FOR YEARS ON END. NATURALLY I DECIDED TO STUDY A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SUBJECT AT A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SCHOOL.

THERE I WAS, SITTING IN LECTURE HALLS FULL OF HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS, WAITING IN LINE FOR OFFICE HOURS AND FILLING OUT MULTIPLE TESTS. I FELT LIKE A NUMBER IN A SYSTEM, NOT A STUDENT WITH THE NAME, OR A PERSON WITH A PURPOSE. I FINALLY CAME TO MY SENSES AND TOOK MY DAD'S ADVICE AND ENROLLED AT CSUMB. I WAS BLOWN AWAY WITH THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. IT CHALLENGED US TO BE CREATIVE AND INSIGHTFUL. IT GAVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE OUR PASSIONS IN DEPTH.

I ARRIVED WITH A BACKPACK FULL OF NUMBER TWO PENCILS AND SCAN TRONS, BUT I REALIZED I WOULD NEVER NEED TO USE THEM. INSTRUCTORS DID NOT CONDUCT EXAMS TO DETERMINE WHAT WE FAILED TO LEARN IN A CLASS. INSTEAD, TO DEMONSTRATE WHAT WE HAD LEARNED IN CLASS. WE GAINED KNOWLEDGE AND DEVELOP SKILLS, BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE LEARNED HOW TO APPLY THAT KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO THE WORLD AROUND US. THAT IS OUR JOB, TO IDENTIFY PROBLEMS AND COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS.

I TRIED MY BEST TO DO THAT DURING MY TIME HERE. IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO BALANCE A FULL WORKLOAD AND A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, SO I CREATED THE NEW CSUMB WEBSITE CALLED EAT WELL, BE WELL. I HOPE THIS CONTRIBUTION CAN HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY, BECAUSE IT HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR ME. THIS PROJECT IS JUST ONE OF HUNDREDS DONE HERE, WHERE STUDENTS GO OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM, FIND A NEED IN THE MONTEREY COMMUNITY, AND DEVELOP A RESOURCE THAT IMPROVES THE LIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE.

EACH ONE OF US USED OUR UNIQUE ABILITY TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL IMPACT. REMEMBER THIS A COMMISH AND AS YOU SET NEW GOALS FOR THE NEXT -- ACCOMPLISHMENT AS YOU SET GOALS FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER. EVEN THOUGH WE ARE GRADUATING TODAY, OUR LEARNING EXPERIENCE IS FAR FROM OVER. IT IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO PURSUE A PROFESSION AND LIFESTYLE THAT INSPIRES YOU TO KEEP LEARNING, SEEK COMMUNITIES AND PARTNERS THAT CHALLENGE YOU TO STEP OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE AS YOU EXPLORE NEW ENVIRONMENTS.

CSUMB PROVIDED US WITH A PLATFORM TO GROW. ACADEMICALLY, PROFESSIONALLY, AND PERSONALLY. TODAY, THIS PLATFORM BECOMES A SPRINGBOARD. IT MIGHT SPRING YOU INTO A GRADUATE PROGRAM, A CAREER, THE NEW CITY OR RELATIONSHIP, A PASSION, OR SIMPLY IN THE AIR.

BUT NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO FROM HERE, YOU WILL HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN AND EXPLORE AND KEEP GROWING. SO GO LEARN WITH AN OPEN MIND AND GO FORWARD WITH AN OPEN HEART. USE WHAT YOU DISCOVER TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

CONGRATULATIONS, EVERYBODY. I WISH YOU ALL JOY AND FULFILLMENT AS YOUR JOURNEY CONTINUES. [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU, MISHA. I WOULD NOW LIKE TO WELCOME OUR BOARD CHAIR. [APPLAUSE] >> GOOD AFTERNOON.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2022. FANTASTIC. IF YOU COULD SEE THE VIEW FROM HERE, YOU WOULD SEE AN OCEAN OF DUTY AND DIVERSITY.

I LOVE YOU ALREADY. IT IS TRULY AN HONOR FOR ME TO JOIN YOU AND CELEBRATE WITH YOU TODAY. ON THIS GREAT AND PROUD OCCASION, I ASK YOU TO TAKE A MOMENT AND REALLY REMEMBER WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH TODAY. BECAUSE THIS MEMORY WILL TAKE YOU FAR ON YOUR JOURNEY. AS YOU GO ON YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS, THERE ARE DAYS YOU MAY NOT SEE YOUR PATH, BUT A MEMORY LIKE THIS WILL HAVE THE ENERGY TO PROPEL YOU ON YOUR RIGHTFUL WAY.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO REMEMBER ALL OF THE FORCES THAT CAME TOGETHER TO HELP YOU ARRIVE. FAMILY, FRIENDS, TEACHERS, MENTORS, AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE WORK AT THE UNIVERSITY. I REPRESENT AN ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS ON YOUR BEHALF, THE FOUNDATION OF CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY. WE TELL YOUR STORIES, WE TELL THE COMMUNITY ABOUT YOUR NEEDS, AND THIS COMMUNITY IN RETURN GIVES GENEROUSLY.

SORRY ABOUT THAT. THE COMMUNITY GIVES VERY GENEROUSLY BECAUSE IT KNOWS YOU HAVE A NEED. WE HAVE DONE THIS BY ADVOCATING ON YOUR BEHALF AND RECRUITING OTHERS TO ADVOCATE FOR YOU.

YOUR SUCCESS IS AT THE HEART OF THE MISSION OF THE FOUNDATION OF CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY. ON BEHALF OF THE FOUNDATION BOARD, I CONGRATULATE YOU AGAIN, THE CLASS OF 2022, AND REMEMBER THIS GREAT MOMENTS. [APPLAUSE] IT IS ALSO MY HONOR TODAY TO INTRODUCE YOU TO YOUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER, ALSO YOUR PRESIDENT. [APPLAUSE] >> GRADUATES, FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS OF CSUMB.

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT AFTER 10 WONDERFUL YEARS LEADING THIS UNIVERSITY AND 39 YEARS OF SERVICE TO CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, I WILL BE RETIRING AT THE END OF JULY THIS YEAR. AS MY TENURE DRAWS TO A CLOSE, I WANTED TO SHARE SOME REFLECTIONS OF LESS 10 YEARS ON CAMPUS AND HOW CSUMB'S FUTURE IS BRIGHT INDEED. YOU ARE LEAVING US BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE GRADUATES OF CSUMB AND ALWAYS HAVE A CONNECTION WITH US AND A STAKE IN HOW THE UNIVERSITY CONTINUES TO GROW AND DEVELOP.

OUR UNIVERSITY IS ONE OF THE YOUNGEST OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. AT THE -- AS A CSU CAMPUS, OUR MISSION CAN BE SUMMARIZED AS FOLLOWS, TO ENCOURAGE SUCCESS AND CULTURAL EVENTS MEN OF OUR REGION. CSUMB HAS MADE REMARKABLE PROGRESS IN THE PAST 10 YEARS DURING THAT TIME, WE HAVE DOUBLED THE GRADUATE RATE OF FIRST-TIME STUDENTS AND DOUBLE TRANSFER STUDENTS. WE HAVE SERVED MORE STUDENTS, PRODUCED MORE GRADUATES AND SHORTENING TIMES TO DEGREE.

WE GREW ENROLLMENT FROM 5802 7500, AND THE NUMBER OF ANNUAL GRADUATES GREW FROM 1200 TO 2200. TO SERVE MORE STUDENTS, WE INCREASE THE NUMBER OF FACULTY MEMBERS BY 39%. TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE FACILITIES, WE BUILT FOUR NEW BUILDINGS AND ACQUIRED THREE SATELLITE FACILITIES, ADDING A TOTAL OF OVER 637,000 SQUARE FEET OF SPACE.

WE RENOVATED OVER 40,000 SQUARE FEET OF EXISTING SPACE AND REMOVED 111 BLIGHTED STRUCTURES. OUR CAMPUS EXISTS BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY AROUND MONTEREY BAY THAT A NEW UNIVERSITY WOULD BE A CATALYST FOR REGIONAL REVITALIZATION AFTER THE CLOSURE OF THE ARMY BASE, THE LARGEST SUCH CLOSURE IN THE COUNTRY, THAT REMOVED 30% OF THE REGION'S ECONOMY. COMMUNITY LEADERS UNIVERSITY WOULD NOT ONLY BE A MAJOR SOURCE OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY BUT HELP DIVERSIFY THE INDUSTRY SECTORS THAT DRIVE THE REGIONAL ECONOMY AND HELP CREATE SUSTAINABLE, WELL-PAYING JOBS THAT WOULD ALLOW GRADUATES TO STAY IN THE AREA AND MAKE THE MONTEREY BAY REGION OF THRIVING COMMUNITY. IN SUPPORT OF THAT ROLE, IN THE PAST 10 YEARS, WE CREATED THREE NEW COLLEGES AND ADDED NINE NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, MOST OF THEM DIRECTLY RESPONSIVE TO REGIONAL NEEDS.

WE ALSO STUDIED -- STARTED THE PROCESS FOR LAUNCHING AN ENGINEERING PROGRAM TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT THE TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION IN THE SALINAS VALLEY. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF SALINAS, WE STRENGTHENED OUR PRESENCE IN THE CHINATOWN NEIGHBORHOOD. WE PROVIDED MUCH-NEEDED SERVICES FOR THE HOMELESS AND INVALUABLE INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES.

WE LAUNCHED THE BRIGHT FUTURES CRADLE TO CAREER PARTNERSHIP, COMMITTED TO RAISING EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AND ALIGNING OUR EFFORTS. THE PARTNERSHIP HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS TOWARD THE TRANSFORMATIONAL GOAL OF RAISING FROM 20% TO 60% THIS YEAR OF OUR COUNTY STUDENTS ACHIEVING A POSTSECONDARY CREDENTIAL BY 2027. OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, WE'VE ALSO MADE ADVANCES IN DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION.

WE CREATED THE POSITION OF ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AND CHIEF DIVERSITY OVER -- DIVERSITY OFFICER. UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP WE LAUNCHED A COMMITTEE ON EQUITY AND INCLUSION. OUR PLAN IS A KEY VEHICLE FOR ADVANCING INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AT CSUMB, ONE OF FOUR MAIN PRIORITIES AND OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, WE'VE HAD PROFOUND IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY WE SERVE.

AS I'VE SPOKEN WITH LOCAL LEADERS AND NONPROFITS, THEY KEEP MARVELING AT THE CSUMB GRADUATES, THAT IS YOU, HOW WELL PREPARED AND COMMUNITY MINDED THEY ARE. THEY PRAISED THEIR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, HOW THEY FEEL WE HAVE MATURED AS UNIVERSITY AND BECOME A KEY INSTITUTION FOR THE REGION. THIS INCREASED APPRECIATION WAS DRAMATICALLY DEMONSTRATED BY THE ASTONISHING RESULTS OF OUR FIRST CONFERENCE OF FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN. OVER $100 MILLION RAISED, FAR ABOVE WHAT UNIVERSITIES OF OUR AGE AND SIZE NORMALLY ACHIEVE.

ON MAY 7, A MILESTONE EVENT TOOK PLACE THAT I BELIEVE WE WILL LOOK BACK ON AND SEE AS A TURNING POINT FOR THE REGION. THE INAUGURATION OF THIS NEW STADIUM, WITH THE FIRST HOME BAY -- HOME GAME OF THE MONTEREY BAY FOOTBALL CLUB, WHICH HAS PARTNERED WITH CSUMB AND INVESTED TO RENOVATE THE STADIUM WE ENJOY TODAY. THE EVENT WAS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS. A CROWD OF NEARLY 5000 PEOPLE CHEERED AS THE MONTEREY BAY FOOTBALL CLUB WON ITS FIRST FOOTBALL CLUB WITH THE WINNING GOAL SCORED BY A CSU ALUMNUS. AS MORE PEOPLE COME TO THE GAMES, SEE OUR BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS AND HOW ACCESSIBLE IT IS, OUR VISIBILITY WILL GROW AND WE WILL BE A CONNECTOR, HELPING TO BRING OUR REGION TOGETHER, AND MAKING CSUMB THE CAMPUS OF CHOICE FOR MORE PEOPLE IN THE REGION AND BEYOND, JUST AS YOU DID.

AS I MEET WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS, I AM RECEIVING THE SAME MESSAGE. CSUMB HAS COME ALONG WAY IN THE PAST 10 YEARS, THE CAMPUS HAS TRANSFORMED, THE UNIVERSITY IS BECOMING A KEY INSTITUTION FOR THE REGION, YOUR GRADUATES ARE BRINGING A NEW LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM TO OUR ORGANIZATIONS. IT HAS BEEN MY HONOR TO FACILITATE THIS PROGRESS CSUMB HAS ACHIEVED THE PAST 10 YEARS, BUT THESE ARE COLLEGE MEN'S WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE DEDICATION OF FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS, AND THE SUPPORT OF THE WONDERFUL COMMUNITY. I THINK ALL OF YOU DESERVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL ALSO BENEFIT FROM THEIR COMMITMENT TO ADVANCING THE FOUNDING VISION OF CSUMB.

NOW I WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ONE SELDOM HIGHLIGHTED ELEMENT TO THE FOUNDING OF CSUMB, THE UNIVERSITY MEDALLION I AM WEARING. ONE SIDE YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH, THE UNIVERSITY SEAL WITH THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THE OTHER SIDE IS LESS WELL KNOWN, AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE STADIUM SCOREBOARD, YOU CAN SEE THE PICTURE. I KNOW YOU HAVE TO CRANE YOUR NECK, SORRY. IT IS RICH WITH SYMBOLS OF THE VALUES OF OUR UNIVERSITY. THERE ARE FOUR CIRCULAR ELEMENTS THAT CELEBRATE THE VALUES OF MULTICULTURALISM, ENVIRONMENTAL RESPECT, LIFELONG LEARNING, AND SELF RESPONSIBILITY.

THOSE FOUR VALUES ARE CALLED OUT IN WRITING AROUND THOSE FOUR CIRCLES. THERE IS THE UNIVERSITY MOTTO AS WELL, WHICH YOU MAY HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE. THE MOTTO IS LATIN FOR, TO BE LEARNED IS TO INQUIRE, OR KNOWING IS IN THE QUESTION. THESE ARE VALUES TO LIVE BY IN WHICH WE HOPE WE HAVE TRANSMITTED TO YOU.

MULTICULTURALISM, TO LEARN AND ENGAGE WITH PEOPLE ACROSS DIFFERENCES. ENVIRONMENTAL RESPECT, RESPECT FOR MOTHER EARTH AND THE RECOGNITION OF THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF LIVING THINGS AND THE NEED FOR SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES. LIFELONG LEARNING, A COMMITMENT TO CONTINUALLY EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND CAPACITIES TO THRIVE IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD. AND SELF UNDERSTANDING, PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT CAPACITY, SEEING ONESELF CLEARLY AND MAKING LIFE CHOICES THAT HONOR THAT SELF.

FINALLY, THE UNIVERSITY MOTTO, TO ACHIEVE KNOWLEDGE THROUGH QUESTIONING. ALWAYS REMAIN CURIOUS, OPEN-MINDED AND QUESTION. NEVER COMPLETELY SURE YOU HAVE THE FINAL ANSWER BUT WILLING TO LEARN MORE. YOU MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE VALUES AND MOTTO HIDDEN ON OUR UNIVERSITY MEDALLION BUT I KNOW THEY HAVE UNDERLINED ALL OF YOUR EXPERIENCES AT CSUMB AND THEY WILL GUIDE YOU IN YOUR LIFE JOURNEY AS YOU JOIN THE GROWING RANKS OF GRADUATES OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY MONTEREY BAY. YOU ARE A UNIQUE GRADUATING CLASS, YOU HAVE PERSEVERED AND SUCCEEDED IN ACHIEVING YOUR EDUCATIONAL GOALS WHILE COPING WITH THE PANDEMIC, A 100 YEAR EVENT. YOU HAVE DONE IT AT A TIME OF INCREASING DIVISIONS, AND THE EXISTENTIAL THREAT OF GLOBAL WARNING.

YOUR ENGAGEMENT AND FUTURE WORKPLACES AND COMMUNITIES, EQUIPPED AS YOU ARE WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS YOU HAVE ACQUIRED, WILL BE CRITICAL IN HELPING FELLOW HUMANS FIND COMMON GROUND AND WORK TOWARD COMMON GOALS, RESTORING THE CIVIC CULTURE OF OUR NATION, REASONED DISCOURSE, AND RESPECT FOR EVIDENCE THAT ARE ESSENTIAL FOR SOCIAL PROGRESS. YOUR ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM, AND ENERGY BE LIKE BEACONS OF LIGHT THAT WILL HELP TURN BACK THE DARK FORCES OF TRIBALISM AND DISINFORMATION AT WORK TODAY. WE BELIEVE IN YOU, ARE COUNTING ON YOU, AND CHEERING YOU ON AS YOU INHERENT THE WORLD, THE WORK OF BUILDING A BETTER WORLD. GODSPEED, GRADUATE IN CLASS OF 2022. [APPLAUSE] I WOULD NOW LIKE TO CALL THE PROVOST TO COME FORWARD AND RECOGNIZE THE ACADEMIC HONORS THIS YEAR.

[APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU. HELLO, CLASS OF 2022. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO RECOGNIZE STUDENTS WHO HAVE EARNED ACADEMIC HONORS. THE ACADEMIC HONOR ACHIEVED BY EACH GRADUATE IS IDENTIFIED IN THE PROGRAM. ACADEMIC HONORS ARE GIVEN TO SENIORS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED CONSISTENT EXCELLENCE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR ACADEMIC WORK.

GRADUATES WITH ACADEMIC HONORS ARE DISTINGUISHED BY A GOLD CORD THEY WEAR. BASED ON THE LEVEL OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENT, THESE GRADUATES ARE RECOGNIZED AS LAUDE, MAGNA CUM LAUDE AND SUMA CUM LAUDE. I ASK YOU TO STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED. [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU. PLEASE BE SEATED.

AT THIS TIME, I WILL PRESENT THE CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES TO THE PRESIDENT. LATER IN THE CEREMONY, YOU WILL FILE ON STAGE TO RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE AND THEN WE WILL FORMALLY CONFER YOUR DEGREE. WILL ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, MASTER OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, AND MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK DEGREES PLEASE STAND. [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT OCHOA, ON BEHALF OF THE FACULTY AND DEANS, I PRESENT THESE CANDIDATES AS HAVING FULFILLED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, MASTER OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, AND MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK DEGREES AND RECOMMEND THE APPROPRIATE DEGREES BE INFERRED UPON THEM.

-- CONFERRED UPON THEM. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU. [APPLAUSE] WILL THE MASTERS CANDIDATES PLEASE BE SEATED. I WILL NOW PRESENT THE CANDIDATES FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREES. WILL ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR BACHELOR OF ARTS AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES PLEASE STAND. [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT OCHOA, ON BEHALF OF THE FACULTY AND THE DEANS, I PRESENT THESE CANDIDATES AS HAVING FULFILLED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR OF ARTS AND ASHLAR OF SCIENCE DEGREES AND RECOMMEND THE APPROPRIATE DEGREE BE CONFERRED.

CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE] YOU MAY BE SEATED. IT IS NOW TIME TO HOOD OUR MASTERS CANDIDATES AND PRESENT THEIR CERTIFICATES.

FIRST I WILL DISCUSS THE HISTORY OF THIS PRACTICE. THE TRADITION OF ACADEMIC COST HIM DATES BACK TO THE MIDDLE AGES WHEN ACADEMIC ACCOUNTS WERE COMMON ATTIRE IN EARLY YOU -- EARLY EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES. SINCE THE CHURCH FOUNDED UNIVERSITIES, STUDENTS WERE REQUIRED TO WEAR THE GOWNS AT ALL TIMES. THEY REPRESENT AN ADAPTATION OF THE MANTLE WORN BY CHURCH DIGNITARIES.

THE USUAL COLOR OF ACADEMIC ACCOUNTS IS BLACK, BUT THROUGH THE YEARS, VARIATIONS HAVE DEVELOPED IN COLOR AND STYLE. CAN SEE SOME OF THOSE ON THE PLATFORM. IN 1896, U.S. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ADOPTED A UNIFORM CODE GOVERNING ACADEMIC DRESS. THE STYLE OF THE COUNTER VARIES DEPENDING ON THE ACADEMIC DEGREE. THE MASTERS GOWN IS WORN OPEN AND THE SLEEVES ARE SQUARE AT ONE END WITH A SLIT AT THE ELBOW.

THE HOOD WAS ORIGINALLY A COWL FOR WARMTH. THE COLORS USED TO LINE THE HOODS INDICATE THE COLLEGE FROM WHICH YOU EARN A DEGREE. THE BORDER A COLOR IS TRIMMED IN A COLOR INDICATING THE FIELD OF STUDY.

TODAY, OUR MASTERS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION STUDENTS WILL BE RECEIVING HOODS THAT ARE SAND IN COLOR. THE SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE CITRON COLORED HOODS, AND PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANTS WILL RECEIVE KELLY GREEN COLORED HOODS. WE WILL NOW INTRODUCE THE GRADUATES RECEIVING A MASTER'S DEGREE FROM THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS. [APPLAUSE] >> GOOD AFTERNOON. WILL THE MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION GRADUATES PLEASE COME FORWARD TO BE HOODED WHEN YOU ARE DIRECTED.

I THINK YOU ARE ALL THERE. I ASKED THE AUDIENCE PLEASE REFRAIN FROM APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL OF THE HOODING HAS BEEN PRESENTED SO THE GRADUATE NAMES CAN BE HEARD. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO WELCOME TO THE STAGE THE DIRECTOR OF THE MASTERS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM TO THE STAGE TO HOOD OUR MASTERS GRADUATES. THANK YOU. >> [READING NAMES] [READING NAMES] >> NOW I WILL INVITE THE DEAN TO THE STAGE. MORE CLAPPING FOR HIM.

[APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO CELEBRATE. I'M HERE TO PRESENT THE MASTERS FOR HEALTH, SCIENCES AND SERVICES IN SOCIAL WORK AND PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS. PLEASE COME FORWARD AS THE STAFF DIRECTS YOU, AND I ASK THE AUDIENCE TO REFRAIN FROM APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL OF THE HOODS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED.

HOODING IS THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK CHAIR OF DEPARTMENT, AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE MASTERS OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS PROGRAM. >> [READING NAMES] >> IT IS NOW TIME TO PRESENT THE BACHELOR'S CERTIFICATE. [APPLAUSE] YES. EARNING DEGREES IN COLLABORATIVE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, CAN THEOLOGY, AND NURSING, PLEASE COME FORWARD.

>> [READING NAMES]

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