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Tuesday, Jun 10 2014 09:29 PM

CSUB grads lauded, challenged

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB graduates, from left, Simarjit Aujla, Raj Kaur Tung and Ravinder Kaur Aulakh pose before the start of graduation ceremonies Tuesday at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB graduates show "Runners Up" during graduation ceremonies Tuesday evening at the Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley smiles before the start of graduation cermonies Tuesday evening at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Graduates find family and friends in the crowd before the start of graduation ceremonies Tuesday evening at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Graduates enter The Icardo Center to begin ceremonies Tuesday evening.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB graduates begin to enter The Icardo Center for the start of graduation ceremonies Tuesday.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    A CSUB graduate's cap says it all Tuesday evening at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB graduates Melissa Costello, left, and Ray Karpe find family and friends in the crowd before the start of graduation ceremonies Tuesday evening at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Graduates Melissa Delgado, right, and Biridiana Rios look for family before the start of graduation ceremonies Tuesday evening at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB President Horace Mitchell is ready to begin graduation ceremonies Tuesday evening at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Joyce Annette Aguebor, center, chats with fellow graduates Jina Highes, left, and Rann Williams before the start of ceremonies at The Icardo Center Tuesday.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    A CSUB graduate's cap shares a message during Tuesday evening's graduation ceremonies at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Devon Corlew spends some time on Facebook before the start of graduation ceremonies Tuesday at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Melissa Costello, who received her master's in administration, smiles during graduation ceremonies Tuesday evening at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Nicole Morgan, a member of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, leads a group into the ceremony Tuesday at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Gwendolyn Stewart, who received her master's in business administration, leads a group of graduates into the ceremonies Tuesday at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Ryan Thurlow, who received his master's in education, poses for a picture prior to the start of graduation ceremonies Tuesday at The Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    A graduate's mortar board let's everyone know she's receiving her MBA during Tuesday's ceremonies at The Icardo Center.

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BY LAUREN FOREMAN Californian staff writer lforeman@bakersfield.com

Cal State Bakersfield sent off more than 400 graduates Tuesday, a small chunk of what will by the end of the week be the second largest graduating class in the university's history.

CSUB will award degrees to 1,676 undergraduates and 398 master's candidates in three ceremonies this week.

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CSUB's schools of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Administration, and Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering will hold a joint commencement ceremony at 7 a.m. Friday in the CSUB amphitheatre. The School of Social Sciences and Education will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 a.m. Saturday 2014 in the amphitheatre.

The first, for students in master's degree and educational leadership doctoral programs, took place Tuesday night at CSUB's Icardo Center.

Uuniversity President Horace Mitchell gave the commencement address before the graduates and a crowd of about 2,000 attendees.

Mitchell used the story of first generation high school graduate and outstanding CSUB alumnae, Marisa Rissling -- the new principal at Eastside Elementary School in Lancaster's Eastside Union School District this fall -- as an example of the opportunities an education can produce.

Then, the university president charged the graduates with deciding "what in this world needs to change" before asking what they will do to change it.

They were questions Blanca Cavazos, doctoral graduate and superintendent of the Taft Union High School District, had already answered.

She said minutes before Tuesday's ceremony began she already is living her dream.

She earned a master's degree in bilingual cross-cultural education from CSUB in 1987 and later added a second master's degree in administration.

"This doctorate was for me," Cavazos said. "It wasn't to get a job."

Cavazos is among 17 CSUB students who are the first graduates to earn doctoral degrees in educational leadership as part of a partnership between Fresno State and CSUB.

Her peers included Dean McGee, who will begins July 1 as an assistant superintendent in the Kern High School District.

CSUB announced the doctorate in educational leadership, a six-year transitional program plan, in January 2011.

The program was designed to allow Bakersfield residents access to a doctorate in educational leadership while CSUB transitioned from a model for the program led by Fresno State professors to one housed and headed locally.

Cavazos said if the program did not exist she would have left the area to earn her doctorate.

"I think Cal State Bakersfield needs to keep its talent here and grow its talent here," she said.

The educational leadership program places the university a step closer to achieving that goal, Cavazos added.

"It's time," she said.

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