Pioneer Stadium was filled to capacity for the baccalaureate ceremony on Saturday, June 15. (Photo: Stephanie Secrest)
California State University, East Bay celebrated the graduation of more than 3,000 baccalaureate as well as master’s, credential and other post-graduate students during three separate ceremonies June 14-15.
Mild weather and scattered red and white blossoms on the Pioneer Stadium hillside made for an ideal backdrop to ceremonies at the Hayward Campus, while at Boatwright Sports Complex at the Concord Campus bagpipers leading the processional set a rousing tone from the outset of the event.
Bearing strands of fragrant floral leis, beach umbrellas in tropical hues and congratulatory banners, families and supporters of graduates at both campuses kept up an ongoing chorus of cheers and applause. Students, on the other hand, showed off their pride –– and creative talents –– through personalized mortarboards touting their majors and academic honors.
The joyous displays served as active reminders of what ASI President Jerry Chang described in a speech to his fellow master’s degree recipients the as “the difference” faculty and staff have made in each graduating student.
Photographs from each ceremony can be found on the Cal State East Bay Web site.
Graduate Ceremony: Click here
Undergraduate Ceremony: Click here
Concord Campus Ceremony: Click here
Photos by grads and students on Facebook: Click here
The university offered a new format for the 2013 commencements. All post-graduate students of the university’s four colleges – Science; Business and Economics; Education and Allied Studies; and Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences – on the Hayward Campus were presented with their diplomas during the evening of June 14.
Bachelor's degree recipients from the four colleges on the Hayward Campus were honored duirng morning ceremonies on June 15, with Concord Campus undergraduates receiving recognition that evening.
Kumar Malavalli, entrepreneur and longtime philanthropist for education and other causes, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Cal State East Bay during the June 14 graduate ceremony. Additional information about Malavalli is available at http://www.csueastbay.edu/news/2013/05/honorary-degree-malavalli-051313.html.