May 22, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - It is graduation week at Cal State Northridge. A record 10,051 students are candidates to receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies this week at Cal State Northridge.
Nearly 8,300 candidates for bachelor's degrees and nearly 1,800 candidates for master's degrees have been eligible to take part.
That includes a sizable number of Cal State Northridge student-athletes who during the past four years have excelled on the playing field, and off the field in the classroom.
"This is a special week for the graduating class of 2008," said Matadors Athletics Director Rick Mazzuto. "It's an opportunity for family and friends to honor all the hard work and dedication these students have put forth. And a special Matador cheer of congratulations to this year's senior class of Matador student-athletes. We are proud of their accomplishments on the field, but more proud of their success in the classroom."
The week long graduation ceremonies started last Monday with the Honors Convocation at Oviatt Library Lawn. Several Matador student-athletes were honored for their success in the classroom including volleyball standout Travis Bluemling, and track & field athletes Cody Pearce, Krystal Quinn and Nick Saylor.
Among the dignitaries who addressed the graduating students were acclaimed conductor and alumnus Richard Kaufman ('77), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar ('79) and entrepreneurial businessman and alumnus Steve Ow (`79).
"Commencement is an opportunity to celebrate everything our graduates have accomplished and the wonderful possibilities that lie in their future," said CSUN President Dr. Jolene Koester.