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There were thousands of stories of inspiration, hope and encouragement at Commencement. Some of which were told by news media, including one report on Croatia public television network. Here are some others:

KNBC-4 Los Angeles: Two Caps, Two Gowns, But Not Too Busy [video segment]

Los Angeles Times: Shrinking job market leaves little for grads

Los Angeles Times: The graduate wears two caps and two gowns -- Story also picked up by the Chicago Tribune, Examiner, and Free Republic --

Sing Tao Daily (in Chinese): 87-year-old earns two bachelor’s degrees at CSULA

World Journal (Chinese Daily News): 87-year-old & Early Entrance Program graduates at CSULA Commencement

Orange County Register: Placentia 17-year-old goes for PhD -- Story also mentioned in Vien Dong Daily News (in Vietnamese; third paragraph) --

Sing Tao Daily (in Chinese): 19-year-old Theresa Cheng to become a teacher

L.A. WAVE Newspapers: Eagle Rock couple to receive degrees

California Crusader News: Cal State L.A.’s youngest graduate, 17, off to Princeton for Ph.D. in cosmology

MidValley News: Cal State L.A.’s youngest graduate, 17, off to Princeton for Ph.D.

Boulevard Sentinel (scroll down to article): Eagle Rock Couple Celebrates 6 Month Anniversary w/Bachelor’s Degrees

For other campus news clips, go to:

62nd Commencement highlights

More than 5,000 degrees for Class of 2009

Degree candidates filing onto the field at the Friday Commencement.

With about 20,000 family and friends in attendance, the two-day Commencement at Cal State L.A. June 12-13 was a festive and colorful celebration of thousands of graduates looking forward to their futures as civic leaders, engineers, performers, entrepreneurs, community advocates, educators, scientists, health professionals, artists, lawyers, social workers, accountants, computer programmers, and more.

The official Commencement page:

Stories of pride and persistence amid the Class of 2009:

Watch the Commencement webcast:

View a gallery of graduation photos (click the thumbnails below):

  • Thumbnail image of a Commencement banner.
  • Thumbnail of 87-year-old Richard Chen.
  • Thumbnail of graduates at the Commencement staging area.
  • Thumbnail image of graduating EEPsters.
  • Thumbnail image of Kevin Baaske.
  • Thumbnail of Commencement speaker and Cal State L.A. alum James Bell.
  • Thumbnail image of doctoral degree candidates.
  • Thumbnail of graduates applauding.
  • Thumbnail image of audience at Commencement.
  • Thumbnail image of Tito Guerrero III and James M. Rosser shaking hands.
  • Thumbnail image of graduates cheering.
  • Thumbnail image of Louisiana Martinez.
  • Thumbnail image of Nika Pari Nourmohammadi.
  • Thumbnail image of foam finger worn by Patricia Tone.
  • Thumbnail image of Andy Zavala.
  • Thumbnail image of graduate enjoying confetti.

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Last Update: 01/12/2016