CSUN Commencement 2019: Eisner College of Education and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


♪ ♪>>VICE PRESIDENT WATKINS: GOOD EVENING. AND A HEARTY WELCOME TO ALL OF YOU HERE TO CELEBRATE THESE GRADUATES! MY NAME IS WILLIAM WATKINS, VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AND DEAN OF STUDENTS, AND IT IS MY HONOR TO DECLARE THE OPENING OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FOR THE MICHAEL D. EISNER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, AND THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] I ASK THAT YOU ALL NOW PLEASE RISE AND REMAIN STANDING WHILE THE CSUN JAZZ “A” BAND, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF PROFESSOR SCOTT WHITFIELD PLAYS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM WITH VOCALIST LESLIE PERKINS AND PERFORMED IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE BY STUDENTS FROM THE CSUN GRADUATING CLASS. ♪ O SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT ♪ ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING ♪ ♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT ♪ ♪ O’ER 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 ♪ [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>VICE PRESIDENT WATKINS: THANK YOU AND BE SEATED. HOW ABOUT A CHEER FOR LESLIE PERKINS, OUR VOCALIST, AND OUR AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS. CELEBRATING THIS OCCASION WITH US TODAY AND SEATED ON THE PLATFORM ARE MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT’S EXTENDED CABINET. ALSO, FOR THE MICHAEL D. EISNER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, WE HAVE INTERIM DEAN SHARI TARVER-BEHRING, AND ASSOCIATE DEAN CHRISTINE HAYASHI, AND DEPARTMENT CHAIRS: DR. JODY DUNLAP, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP & POLICY STUDIES; DR. ALBERTO RESTORI, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY & COUNSELING; JULIE GAINSBURG, SECONDARY EDUCATION; MIRA PAK, ELEMENTARY EDUCATION; DR. KATHRYN PECKHAM-HARDIN, SPECIAL EDUCATION; FLAVIA FLEISCHER, DEAF STUDIES; IVOR WEINER IS A PART OF OUR PLATFORM PARTY, AS WELL. AND FOR THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES WE HAVE DEAN DR. YAN DOMINIC SEARCY, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE DEAN SYLVIA MACAULEY, DEPARTMENT CHAIRS AND PROGRAM DIRECTORS: DR. THERESA WHITE, AFRICANA STUDIES; SUZANNE SCHELD, ANTHROPOLOGY; VICKIE JENSEN, CRIMINOLOGY AND JUSTICE STUDIES; ED JACKIEWICZ, GEOGRAPHY; DR. SUSAN FITZPATRICK-BEHRENS, HISTORY; DAVID LEITCH, FROM POLITICAL SCIENCE; JILL RAZANI, PSYCHOLOGY; ELI BARTLE, SOCIAL WORK; KAREN MORGAINE, SOCIOLOGY; DR. ROB KENT, URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING; AND FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, DR. MYLON WINN. IN ADDITION, FACULTY PRESIDENT MARY-PAT STEIN, ASSOCIATED STUDENTS PRESIDENT BEVERLY NTAGU IS HERE, AND OUR CSUN ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVE CSUN FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER DR. DAN CHERNOW ARE ALL JOINING US ON THE PLATFORM PARTY. AND JOINING US IN THE AUDIENCE IS CINDY CHERNOW, PRESIDENT OF CSUN’S ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. WILL ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE PLATFORM PARTY PLEASE RISE AND BE RECOGNIZED? [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. AND NOW IT’S MY GREAT PRIVILEGE TO PRESENT TO YOU OUR PRESIDENT, DR. DIANNE HARRISON. [ APPLAUSE ]>>President Harrison: THANK YOU, DR. WATKINS. GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. WE’RE GOING TO MANAGE THROUGH THIS LIGHT RAIN, AND WE HOPE IT STAYS LIGHT. RIGHT? OKAY. AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY, IT IS MY DISTINCT HONOR TO WELCOME YOU TO THIS 2019 CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE COMMENCEMENT FOR THE 2018-’19 GRADUATES OF THE MICHAEL D. EISNER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES. ON BEHALF OF THE CSUN’S DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AND STAFF, I CONGRATULATE THE GRADUATES BEING HONORED HERE TONIGHT. YOU HAVE CHALLENGED YOURSELVES TO HONE YOUR CREATIVITY, TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF TEAMWORK, TO SOLVE COMPLEX PROBLEMS, AND BECOME A CRITICAL THINKER. I KNOW THE PATH TO THIS DAY HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN EASY. LONG DAYS AND LATE NIGHTS BECAME ROUTINE FOR MANY OF YOU, BUT YOU EXPANDED YOUR WORLD VIEW, AND YOU BUILT FRIENDSHIPS WITH OTHER MATADORS WHO SHARED YOUR INTERESTS, YOUR STRUGGLES, AND YOUR AMBITIONS. THROUGH IT ALL, YOU LOVED — YOU CAME TO LOVE LEARNING, I HOPE. EACH OF YOU MADE A COMMITMENT TO EDUCATE YOURSELF, AND IN ADVANCING YOURSELF THROUGH EDUCATION, YOU WILL ADVANCE YOUR FAMILIES, YOUR COMMUNITIES, AND YOUR CHOSEN FIELDS. YOU ARE TRAILBLAZERS AND LEADERS. AS LEADERS, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BECOME TRUE GLOBAL CITIZENS. OF COURSE, YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR HOME IN LOS ANGELES, BUT YOU MUST KEEP UP WITH THE RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD. THIS MEANS YOU, MORE THAN ANY OTHER GRADUATING CLASS SO FAR, MUST BECOME LIFELONG LEARNERS. NELSON MANDELA SPOKE THE TRUTH WHEN HE SAID, “EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD.” I HOPE THAT YOU, AS YOU CARRY ON AS LEADERS IN YOUR COMMUNITIES AND FIELDS, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO EDUCATE YOURSELF, AND NOT JUST TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS NECESSARY FOR ECONOMIC SUCCESS, BUT TO SHARPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF AND RELEVANCE IN THIS EVOLVING WORLD. YOU MAY BE INVOLVED IN CAREERS DURING YOUR LIFETIME THAT DO NOT EVEN EXIST TODAY. WE DEPEND ON YOU TO CREATE, TO INNOVATE, AND TO SOLVE OUR GLOBAL CHALLENGES, INCLUDING IMMIGRATION SOLUTIONS, CLIMATE CHANGE, ARTIFICIAL AND ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES, AND, YES, EVEN WORLD PEACE. OUR CHALLENGES MAY NOT EVEN BE KNOWN YET AS WE ARE HERE TODAY GATHERING FOR THIS CEREMONY, BUT WE WILL DEPEND ON YOU. WHETHER YOU RETURN TO CSUN FOR ANOTHER DEGREE OR A CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OR ATTEND ANOTHER UNIVERSITY, TODAY’S WORLD IS ABOUT CONTINUOUS DISCOVERY AND LEARNING. WE ARE NOT CELEBRATING THE END OF YOUR LEARNING TONIGHT, BUT RATHER THE SKILLS YOU HAVE MASTERED TO CONTINUE TO EDUCATE YOURSELVES THROUGHOUT LIFE. ALLOW ME NOW TO THANK OUR FACULTY AND STAFF WHO SHARE IN THE PRIDE IN YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS. THEY PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN SUPPORTING YOUR SUCCESS AND ARE TRULY THE HEART OF OUR UNIVERSITY. AND, GRADUATES, MUCH OF YOUR EXPERIENCE AT CSUN WAS SHAPED BY THE GENEROSITY OF ALUMNI THAT SUPPORTED SCHOLARSHIPS, ENHANCED PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES FOR YOUR BENEFIT, AND THIS YEAR IT WAS TREMENDOUS TO SEE MORE THAN 6,100 OF YOU, AND COUNTING, PROUDLY FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE BY CONTRIBUTING TO A SENIOR GIFT, AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. WELL DONE. [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL OF OUR DEDICATED FACULTY AND STAFF, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY NOW, TO THE PARENTS AND THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE HELPED OUR GRADUATES REACH THIS TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT, TODAY IS YOUR SPECIAL DAY, TOO. THESE STUDENTS WOULD NEVER HAVE MADE IT WITHOUT YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE FAMILIES OF OUR GRADUATES TO PLEASE STAND NOW FOR A WELL-DESERVED ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND AS LONG AS WE’RE CONGRATULATING EACH OTHER, HOW ABOUT JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING OUR GRADUATES HERE THIS EVENING. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] I WOULD NOW LIKE TO INVITE JEREMY HAMLETT GRADUATING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES AND CARISSA NAVARRO GRADUATING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY TO ADDRESS THE GRADUATING CLASS AND THE GUESTS HERE THIS EVENING.>>CARISSA NAVARRO: GOOD EVENING, CSUN! WHOO! I WANT TO WELCOME AND THANK OUR BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS AND FAMILIES FOR BEING HERE TODAY AND BRAVING THE WEATHER. IT’S QUITE DRIZZLY OUT THERE, BUT YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH IT. AND I WANT TO THANK PRESIDENT HARRISON AND THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES FOR ALLOWING ME THE HONOR TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE GRADUATES THIS EVENING. TO THE CSUN FACULTY, THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE TOOLS TO THRIVE AS SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS. IN YOUR CAPACITY AS MENTORS, YOU’VE HELPED US TO TRULY FLOURISH. I SPENT COUNTLESS DAYS HURRYING AND SITTING ON THE FLOOR DURING CROWDED OFFICE HOURS AFTER STRUGGLING TO FIND PARKING. I SENT EMAILS ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT WITH QUESTIONS THAT EXPANDED THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CLASSROOM, AND YOU NEVER FAILED TO HELP US ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS. TO OUR MOMS AND DADS, OUR GRANDMAS AND GRANDPAS, WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE SACRIFICES YOU HAVE MADE FOR US TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS. MANY OF THE GRADUATES, INCLUDING MYSELF, ARE FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS, AND DESPITE OUR PARENTS NEVER HAVING THE CHANCE TO OBTAIN A HIGHER EDUCATION, THEIR ENDLESS LOVE AND SUPPORT HAS CARRIED US HERE. AND FOR THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE HERE TODAY, WHETHER THEY ARE LIVE-STREAMING THIS FROM HOME OR ANOTHER COUNTRY, OR THEY ARE NO LONGER WITH US, THANK YOU. I WAS ABLE TO SAVE A SEAT FOR MY GRANDMA, WHO PASSED AWAY JUST THREE MONTHS BEFORE MY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND THAT TO YOU TO REPRESENT YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO COULD NOT BE HERE TODAY, SO WE COULD ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR IMPACTS ON OUR LIVES. SOME OF THE GRADUATES HAVE TAKEN FOUR YEARS TO GET HERE, BUT OTHERS, LIKE MYSELF, HAVE TAKEN SIX OR MORE. WE WERE FACED WITH WHAT SEEMED LIKE INNUMERABLE DISTRACTIONS AND INTERRUPTIONS, LIKE WAITING IN LINE AT FINANCIAL AID, OR IN THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE, OR LIKE THAT TIME MY CAR HAD A TRANSMISSION PROBLEM, BUT I WAS RACING TO GET TO MY TWO-HOUR FINAL IN JOHNSON AUDITORIUM, SO I KEPT DRIVING ANYWAY. THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NO SHORTAGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WILL IMPEDE YOUR PATH. SOME OF US MAY HAVE THOUGHT WE WOULD NEVER WALK ACROSS THE STAGE, BUT THE UNEQUIVOCAL TRUTH IS THAT IT TAKES AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF CONSISTENCY AND TENACITY TO OVERCOME YOUR CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES. THESE ARE THE QUALITIES THAT DISTINGUISH THE GRADUATES BEFORE YOU TODAY. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER QUALITY UNIQUE TO US THAT HAS PROPELLED US TO SUCCESS, IT IS OUR INNATE DESIRE TO WORK TO SOMETHING GREATER THAN OURSELVES. AS MY CLASSMATES AND PROFESSORS KNOW, MY UNDERGRADUATE CAREER CENTERED AROUND RESEARCH, SO I DECIDED TO PUT THIS TO THE TEST BY ANALYZING THE DATA. MY RESEARCH SHOWS THAT 77.9% OF THE EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCE GRADUATES REPORTED THAT IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THEM TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON OTHERS’ LIVES, AND 80% SAID THAT THEY HAD A STRONG INTERNAL DESIRE TO HELP OTHERS. RALPH WALDO EMMERSON SAID, “WHAT LIES BEHIND US AND WHAT LIES BEFORE US ARE SMALL MATTERS COMPARED TO WHAT LIES WITHIN US.” WHAT LIES WITHIN EACH OF US IS AN ENDURING RESOLVE TO HELP OTHERS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES, AND AS A TRANSFER STUDENT, I ONLY GOT TWO YEARS HERE, BUT TWO YEARS IS NOT ENOUGH. TWO YEARS AT CSUN IS NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH. IN THOSE TWO YEARS, CSUN HAS HELPED ME REALIZE THE POWER OF HELPING OTHERS. WE EACH HOLD THAT POWER INSIDE OF US, AND TOGETHER, AS MATADORS, WE WILL MOVE MOUNTAINS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2019. WE DID IT! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>JEREMY HAMLETT: I DON’T KNOW HOW I’M GOING TO FOLLOW THAT. HOW ABOUT ANOTHER ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR CARISSA? GOOD JOB. [ APPLAUSE ] ALL RIGHT. I SWEAR I HAD THIS SPEECH MEMORIZED, BUT THE EMOTIONS ARE KICKING IN. YES, I HAVE EMOTIONS, SO IF I LOOK DOWN AT THE PAPER, I’M TRYING TO STAY ON TRACK, BUT I DID HAVE IT MEMORIZED, SO HERE WE GO. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FACULTY AND STAFF, PRESIDENT HARRISON, ASSOCIATE STUDENT PRESIDENT NTAGU. MY COHORT, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY MY FAMILY, MY MOM, VALERIE, AND MY DAD. IT’S MY PLEASURE AND HONOR TO BE STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY. AFTER I GRADUATED FROM MY UNDERGRAD, I TOLD MYSELF I’D TAKE A COUPLE YEARS OFF BEFORE GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL. WELL, TWO DECADES LATER, HERE I AM. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED BY THE WORDS OF GEORGE ELLIOT, WHO SAID, “IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN.” I REALIZE ALL OF US HERE IN OUR FANCY RENTED GOWNS AND READY FOR THE AFTER PARTY HAVE A SHARED JOURNEY. I IMAGINE MANY OF US WENT TO OUR UNDERGRAD BECAUSE OUR FAMILY WANTED US TO, HAVE A BETTER FUTURE, HAVE A BETTER PROFESSION, OR LIKE MY FATHER WANTED HIS CHILDREN TO HAVE A CHANCE AT EDUCATION HE DIDN’T HAVE. WHATEVER THE REASONS WE EARNED OUR UNDERGRAD, WELL, WE’RE EARNING IT TODAY. GRAD SCHOOL, THIS IS DIFFERENT. THIS DECISION IS AN INTERNAL DESIRE TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING RATHER THAN EXTERNAL FORCES TO SUCCEED. THIS IS WHY GRAD SCHOOL IS SO REWARDING AND WHY SOME DO THEIR UNDERGRAD FOR OTHERS, PARENTS, FAMILY, MENTORS, MOST OF US DO GRAD SCHOOL FOR OURSELVES. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] I ENCOURAGE ALL OF TODAY’S UNDERGRAD GRADUATES TO CONSIDER CONTINUING ON TO GRAD SCHOOL, WHETHER IT’S NEXT YEAR OR NEXT DECADE. AND ALL OF US GRADUATING WITH OUR GRAD DEGREES TODAY, WE NEED TO SHARE OUR STORIES OF GRAD SCHOOL, SO THAT OTHERS IN OUR REALM OF INFLUENCE MIGHT ALSO FOLLOW. I REMEMBER BEING 12 YEARS OLD AND WATCHING THE DINING ROOM LIGHT TURN ON AFTER GOING TO BED AS MY MOM WOULD HAVE TIME TO STUDY FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE COURSEWORK AND MY DAD COMING HOME FROM WORK AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING TURNING ON LIGHT, WHILE MY MOM WAS READING A TEXTBOOK, DAD WAS CHECKING A FAMILY, THEY WERE LIGHTING MY PATH WITH COMMITMENT, HARD WORK, AND LOVE. AT SOME POINT TODAY, EACH OF YOU HERE GRADUATING NEED TO THANK THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LIGHTS FOR YOU ALONG YOUR PATH. IN CLOSING, ALMOST DONE, BECAUSE I KNOW WE’RE WAITING, LIKE MOST DADS, MY DAD HAD MANY THINGS HE WOULD USE RANDOMLY TO ENCOURAGE AND MOTIVATE US, OR TRY TO KEEP ME OUT OF TROUBLE. ONE IN PARTICULAR SEEMS APPROPRIATE FOR TODAY’S CEREMONY. HE WOULD ALWAYS SAY THAT EDUCATION IS ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY THAT IT PROVIDES, NOT JUST WHAT YOU LEARN IN THE CLASSROOM. SO IN THAT SPIRIT, I CHALLENGE ALL OF US GRADUATING TODAY TO TAKE HOLD OF THIS OPPORTUNITY AND CONTINUE DOWN THE PATH OF BETTERING OURSELVES, HELP THE ONES WE LOVE, AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES. THANK YOU, AND CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2019. I’M NOT A TALKER. I’M NOT A TALKER. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>PRESIDENT HARRISON: THANK YOU JEREMY AND CARISSA FOR YOUR SENTIMENTS. THAT WAS SO AMAZING, FROM BOTH OF YOU. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] THE MICHAEL D. EISNER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, AND THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES WOULD LIKE TO GIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THOSE STUDENTS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP AND SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY. THESE STUDENTS MAY BE IDENTIFIED BY THE HONORS MEDALLIONS, CORDS AND THE SASHES THEY ARE WEARING. WILL THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING WITH ACADEMIC AND OTHER SPECIAL HONORS PLEASE RISE AND RECEIVE OUR APPLAUSE? [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU, AND PLEASE BE SEATED. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE SHARI TARVER-BEHRING, OUR INTERIM DEAN FOR THE MICHAEL D. EISNER COLLEGE, AND YAN D. SEARCY, DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES TO THE PODIUM TO HIGHLIGHT FOUR STUDENTS WHO ARE DESERVING OF ADDITIONAL RECOGNITION, AND WHO SERVE AS EXAMPLES OF THE EXCELLENCE AND THE EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS THAT CAN BE FOUND AMONG CSUN’S ACCOMPLISHED STUDENT BODY. [ APPLAUSE ]>>INTERIM DEAN TARVER-BEHRING: THANK YOU, PRESIDENT HARRISON. GOOD EVENING. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO PRESENT TO YOU TODAY ONE EXTRAORDINARY STUDENT, BRYANT COOPER, FROM THE MICHAEL D. EISNER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION. BRYANT, PLEASE RISE AND STAY STANDING WHILE I SPEAK BRIEFLY ABOUT YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. [ APPLAUSE ] CAN EVERYBODY SEE BRYANT BACK THERE? I THINK, BRYANT, YOU NEED TO COME UP HERE AND STAND CLOSER TO THE FRONT. YOU’RE WAY TOO FAR BACK. THERE YOU GO. NOW WE CAN SEE HIM. IN 2016, BRYANT COOPER COMPLETED CSUN’S CHALLENGING “JUNIOR YEAR INTEGRATED” CREDENTIAL PROGRAM, EARNING HIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN MATHEMATICS AND TEACHING CREDENTIAL CONCURRENTLY. ALONG THE WAY, HE RECEIVED A PRESTIGIOUS NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP, FOR PROMISING TEACHER CANDIDATES WHO COMMIT TO WORKING IN HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS. BRYANT IS NOW FULFILLING THAT COMMITMENT AS A MATHEMATICS TEACHER AT FRANCIS POLYTECHNIC HIGH SCHOOL. IN 2017, HE RETURNED TO CSUN FOR A MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, A DECISION HE CALLS “LIFE AND CAREER ALTERING.” TODAY, BRYANT GRADUATES FROM THAT PROGRAM WITH A 4.0 GPA. [ APPLAUSE ] FOR HIS MASTER’S PROJECT, HE DEVELOPED A NEW HIGH SCHOOL MATH CURRICULUM TO HELP HIS STRUGGLING STUDENTS AT POLY WITH TECHNOLOGY-SUPPORTED, PROJECT-BASED INSTRUCTION. BUT WHAT REALLY SETS BRYANT APART IS HIS EAGERNESS TO GET INVOLVED AND HELP OTHERS. NEW TEACHERS OFTEN STRUGGLE, ESPECIALLY IN LARGE URBAN HIGH SCHOOLS. HOWEVER, AS A FIRST-YEAR TEACHER, BRYANT WAS COACHING HIS POLY COLLEAGUES ON HOW TO USE TECHNOLOGY IN THEIR CLASSROOMS. HE CREATED OVER 200 INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS FOR HIS STUDENTS, WHICH CAN BE SEEN ON HIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL, “COOPER’S CALCULUS.” BRYANT ALSO WORKS WITH CSUN’S DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS ON A NEW CURRICULUM THAT HELPS 12th GRADERS TRANSITION TO COLLEGE MATH. HE ASSISTS WITH CSUN’S ANNUAL PI DAY EVENT, TO WHICH HE BRINGS HIS POLY STUDENTS, AND HE PRESENTS AT CONFERENCES ALONGSIDE COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE BEEN TEACHING LONGER THAN BRYANT HAS BEEN ALIVE. AS ONE FACULTY ADVISOR SAID, BRYANT IS “A LEADER THROUGH HIS ACHIEVEMENTS AND HIS BOUNDLESS ENERGY AND GENEROSITY.” CONGRATULATIONS, BRYANT COOPER! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>DEAN SEARCY: THANK YOU INTERIM DEAN SHARI TARVER-BEHRING. IT IS NOW MY HONOR ON BEHALF OF THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES TO PRESENT TWO OUTSTANDING STUDENTS. STUDENTS, PLEASE RISE WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME TO BE RECOGNIZED. DANIEL MONTOYA GONZALEZ. WHERE IS DANIEL? WHERE? DONDES? OKAY, I’M STILL GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT DANIEL. DANIEL HAS BEEN A STRAIGHT “A” STUDENT AT CSUN FOR THE PAST FOUR SEMESTERS. HE IS GRADUATING TODAY WITH A DEGREE IN ANTHROPOLOGY WITH A GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF 3.95. HE WAS THE WINNER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY’S 2017-2018 BRUCE GELVIN AWARD GIVEN FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE AREA OF BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. DANIEL IS AN EXTRAORDINARY STUDENT WHO, IN ADDITION TO HIS GREAT CAPACITY FOR SCHOLARSHIP, HAS A PASSION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, PUBLIC SERVICE, AND CARING FOR OTHERS. PRIOR TO STUDYING AT CSUN, HE WAS AN INFANTRY IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. [ APPLAUSE ] HE WAS HONORED THERE FOR HIS PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AND SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE IN DUTIES. SINCE THEN, HE HAS WORKED AS AN EMT, AND HAS BEEN PLANNING TO RETURN TO THE MILITARY TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE TO OTHERS. WHERE IS HE? THAT’S HIM? DANIEL! ALL RIGHT. HE EMBODIES THE SPIRIT OF PUBLIC SERVICE. AND HE EMBODIES HUMILITY, AS WELL. IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY, HE IS RECOGNIZED BY FACULTY AND HIS PEERS AS A LEADER AND THE INDIVIDUAL WITH THE DEEPEST SENSE OF CARE AND EMPATHY TOWARD OTHERS. ONE OF DANIEL’S PROFESSORS SHARED THE FOLLOWING ABOUT HIM “DANIEL IS ALWAYS A HUMBLE STUDENT WHO IS CONCERNED WITH OTHERS’ PROGRESS AS MUCH AS HIS OWN.” I AM IN AWE OF HIS SUPERIOR WORK ETHIC, INTELLECT, CONSCIENTIOUSNESS, AND KINDNESS. HAVING THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH HIM HAS BEEN INSPIRING.” EVERYONE, PLEASE CONGRATULATE DANIEL. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] YESSENIA ESCOBAR VALENCIA. DONDE? OKAY. YESSENIA HAS BEEN ON THE DEAN’S LIST EVERY SEMESTER OF HER FOUR YEARS AT CSUN! SHE IS GRADUATING TODAY WITH A DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY AND A 3.91 GPA! HER ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IS DUE TO PERSEVERANCE AND DETERMINATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF HER FRIENDS, MENTORS, AND DEDICATED CSUN PROFESSORS. SHE BUILT HER ACADEMIC CONFIDENCE BY LEARNING THAT AS LONG AS SHE NEVER GAVE UP, SHE COULD STILL SUCCEED. WITH THE HELP OF CSUN PROFESSORS, YESSENIA WAS ABLE TO PUSH HERSELF AND GROW AS A SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE STUDENT. SHE IS A BUILD PODER SCHOLAR, A PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. AS AN UNDERGRADUATE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCHER, SHE HAS GAINED RESEARCH EXPERIENCES AT BOTH CSUN AND UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO. SHE PARTICIPATED IN TWO FACULTY LABS AT CSUN, WHICH GAVE HER OPPORTUNITIES TO PRESENT AT CSUNPOSIUM AND AT THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION. SHE WAS ALSO SELECTED FOR A SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM AT UC SAN DIEGO. ALTHOUGH SHE WAS BUSY WITH HER ACADEMIC INVOLVEMENT, SHE NEVER LOST HER PASSION FOR HELPING OTHERS. SHE HAS BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN AN ORGANIZATION AT CSUN TO ASSIST INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED EMOTIONAL SUPPORT THROUGH PHONE CALLS. SHE ALSO VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE MEALS TO HOMELESS PEOPLE. AND STRIVING TO BE A SOCIAL WORKER, SHE WANTS TO BE WELL VERSED IN MANY WAYS THAT SHE CAN HELP HER COMMUNITY. SHE ASPIRES TO BECOME A LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER AFTER GRADUATION TO HELP PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH SYSTEMATIC OPPRESSION. AND WE HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO REACH THOSE GOALS. EVERYONE, WE GOT TO CONGRATULATE YESSENIA. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>PRESIDENT HARRISON: LET ME REMIND ALL OF US HERE THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR GRADUATES, WHETHER SURE AN HONOR STUDENT, A MATADOR RISING SCHOLAR, THOSE WHO ARE GRADUATING, REGARDLESS OF HOW LONG IT TOOK YOU OR WHAT YOUR GPA WAS, YOU HAVE ACHIEVED A LIFE MILESTONE. YOU ARE HERE, AND YOU’RE GETTING YOUR DEGREE. WELL DONE. [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS NOW MY DISTINCT PLEASURE TO INVITE INTERIM DEAN SHARI TARVER-BEHRING, WHO WILL PRESENT THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DOCTORAL DEGREE.>>INTERIM DEAN TARVER-BEHRING: I ASK THAT ALL CANDIDATES FOR THE DOCTORAL PLEASE RISE. WE HAD A CEREMONY EARLIER. ALL RIGHT, WELL, I’M STILL GOING TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DOCTORAL STUDENTS. PRESIDENT HARRISON, FROM THE MICHAEL D. EISNER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, I PRESENT THE CANDIDATES FOR DOCTOR OF EDUCATION. THESE CANDIDATES HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTORAL DEGREE AS PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND THE TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, AND THEY HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED BY THE FACULTY OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE. >>President Harrison: PLEASE KNOW WHEREVER YOU ARE, AND I THINK THEY MIGHT BE OUT CELEBRATING, BECAUSE THEY HAD AN EARLIER EVENT, THAT PRESIDENT HARRISON CONFERS THE DOCTORAL DEGREE UPON THEM, WHEREVER THEY MIGHT BE.>>President Harrison: THIS IS THE VERY FIRST VIRTUAL CONFERRAL I’VE EVER DONE. UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE AND BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, I CONFER UPON YOU THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF EDUCATION WITH ALL THE RIGHTS, HONORS, AND RESPONSIBILITIES PERTAINING THERETO. CONGRATULATIONS. WHEREVER YOU ARE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE DR. STELLA THEODOULOU, OUR INTERIM PROVOST, WHO WILL PRESENT THE CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER’S DEGREE, AND I KNOW THEY’RE HERE.>>Dr. Theodoulou: AND AS YOU’RE HERE, STAND UP. PRESIDENT HARRISON, FROM THE MICHAEL D. EISNER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, THERE ARE EIGHT DISCIPLINES REPRESENTED BY THE GRADUATES IN THIS CEREMONY TONIGHT. THEY ARE FROM THE DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING, ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, SECONDARY EDUCATION, AND SPECIAL EDUCATION. AND FROM THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, THERE ARE FOUR DISCIPLINES REPRESENTED BY THE GRADUATES OF THIS CEREMONY TODAY. ARE THEY STANDING? JUST CHECKING THAT YOU’RE HERE. THEY ARE FROM THE DEPARTMENTS OF ANTHROPOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY, PSYCHOLOGY, AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. THESE CANDIDATES HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER’S DEGREE AS PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND THE TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, AND THEY HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED BY THE FACULTY OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE. CANDIDATES, PLEASE CONTINUE STANDING AS PRESIDENT HARRISON CONFERS THE MASTER’S DEGREE UPON YOU. AND FROM ME, PERSONALLY, CONGRATULATIONS. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>PRESIDENT HARRISON: UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE AND BY THE POWER VESTED IN ME BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, I CONFER UPON YOU THE DEGREE OF: MASTERS OF ARTS IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION MASTERS OF ARTS IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP MASTERS OF ARTS IN EDUCATION, MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN COUNSELING, MASTERS OF ARTS IN MULTICULTURAL AND MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, MASTERS OF ARTS IN SECONDARY MATHEMATICS EDUCATION MASTERS OF ARTS IN SECONDARY SCIENCE, EDUCATION MASTERS OF ARTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION, MASTERS OF ARTS IN ANTHROPOLOGY, MASTERS OF ARTS IN PUBLIC, ARCHAEOLOGY, MASTERS OF ARTS IN GEOGRAPHY, MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE, MASTERS OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY MASTERS OF SCIENCE APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS, AND MASTERS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION WITH ALL THE RIGHTS, HONORS, AND RESPONSIBILITIES PERTAINING THERETO. CONGRATULATIONS. AND NOW YOU MAY BE SEATED. AT THIS TIME I WILL ASK DEAN TARVER-BEHRING AND DEAN SEARCY TO PRESENT THEIR CANDIDATES FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE.>>INTERIM DEAN TARVER-BEHRING: THERE IS, HOPEFULLY, ONE DISCIPLINE REPRESENTED BY THE GRADUATES FROM THE MICHAEL D. EISNER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION TODAY. THEY ARE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEAF STUDIES. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU FOR SHOWING UP.>>Dean Searcy: AND WE KNOW THERE ARE THREE DISCIPLINES REPRESENTED BY THE GRADUATES FROM THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES THIS EVENING, AND THEY ARE FROM THE DEPARTMENTS OF ANTHROPOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, AND PSYCHOLOGY. I ASK THAT ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PLEASE RISE AND REMAIN STANDING. PRESIDENT HARRISON, I HAVE THE DISTINCT HONOR OF PRESENTING TO YOU THE UNDERGRADUATE CLASS OF 2019! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>PRESIDENT HARRISON: UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE AND BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, I CONFER UPON YOU THE DEGREE OF: BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DEAF STUDIES, BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ANTHROPOLOGY, BACHELOR OF ARTS IN GEOGRAPHY, AND BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY WITH ALL THE RIGHTS, THE HONORS, AND THE OPPORTUNITIES PERTAINING THERETO. CONGRATULATIONS, AND PLEASE BE SEATED.>>INTERIM DEAN TARVER-BEHRING: MEMBERS OF THE PLATFORM PARTY AND THE DEPARTMENT CHAIRS WILL NOW OFFER CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DEGREE RECIPIENTS. I ASK THAT THE DEGREE RECIPIENTS PLEASE MOVE TO THE PLATFORM AS DIRECTED BY THE MARSHALS. PLEASE COME FORWARD AS YOUR NAME IS READ. YOU WILL BE CONGRATULATED BY A MEMBER OF THE PLATFORM PARTY AND RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMA COVER AND CERTIFICATE. AFTERWARDS, PLEASE RETURN TO YOUR SEATS AS DIRECTED BY THE MARSHALS AND PARTY LEADERS. COMMENCEMENT STAFF AND USHERS WILL ALSO BE GUIDING YOU.>>DEAN SEARCY: WE ASK THAT GUESTS PLEASE, PLEASE, HELP SO THAT WE MAY PROCEED IN AN ORDERLY MANNER. WE REMIND YOU, YES, THAT’S YOU, YES, THAT’S THAT FAMILY MEMBER THAT DOESN’T THINK I’M TALKING ABOUT THEM, YES, THAT’S YOU. THAT’S YOU. PLEASE HELP SO THAT WE MAY PROCEED IN AN ORDERLY MANNER. WE REMIND YOU THAT THE AISLES MUST BE KEPT OPEN AND YOU ARE ASKED TO STAY IN YOUR SEATS UNTIL THE END OF THE CEREMONY. OUT OF RESPECT FOR OUR GRADUATES AND THE SAFETY OF OUR GUESTS, NOISE MAKERS ARE NOT PERMITTED. YES, THAT’S YOU. FINALLY, AND AGAIN OUT OF RESPECT FOR YOUR FELLOW GRADUATES, ALL GRADUATES WILL REMAIN THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CEREMONY UNTIL ALL DEGREE RECIPIENTS HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED.>>NOW READING NAMES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEAF STUDIES. [ READING GRADUATE NAMES ] NOW READING NAMES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION. [ READING GRADUATE NAMES ] NOW READING NAMES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION. [ READING GRADUATE NAMES ] NOW READING NAMES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING. [ READING GRADUATE NAMES ] NOW READING NAMES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES. [ READING GRADUATE NAMES ] NOW READING NAMES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. [ READING GRADUATE NAMES ] NOW READING NAMES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY. [ READING GRADUATE NAMES ] NOW READING NAMES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. [ READING GRADUATE NAMES ] NOW READING NAMES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY. [ READING GRADUATE NAMES ]>>PRESIDENT HARRISON: DR. DAN CHERNOW WILL NOW OFFICIALLY WELCOME YOU INTO THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.>>DR. CHERNOW: ON BEHALF OF THE CSUN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AND NEARLY 360,000 MATADORS, IT IS MY HONOR TO FORMALLY WELCOME YOU AS ALUMNI TO OUR HIGHLY ACKNOWLEDGED UNIVERSITY. PAY IT FORWARD ANY WAY YOU CAN WITH THE OPPORTUNITIES THIS UNIVERSITY HAS PROVIDED IT TO YOU. ONE WAY YOU CAN BEST ACCOMPLISH THIS IS BY BECOMING ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. YOU WILL FIND MANY MATADORS OUT THERE READY AND WILLING TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS. WE ENCOURAGE YOU AS MATADORS FOR LIFE TO JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THE FUTURE GRADUATES WHO FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS. CONGRATULATIONS, AND WELCOME TO YOUR CSUN ALUMNI FAMILY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>President Harrison: THANK YOU, DR. CHERNOW. WE’RE GOING TO MAKE THIS VERY FAST NOW. FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE RECIPIENTS, PLEASE RISE, AND I WILL ASK YOU, IN ACADEMIC TRADITION, THE STUDENT WHO HAS NOT YET EARNED A DEGREE, WEARS THE TASSEL TO THE RIGHT OF THE MORTARBOARD. IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR NEW STATUS, I ASK THAT RECIPIENTS OF THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE MOVE THE TASSEL TO THE LEFT. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] AND NOW WILL ALL OF OUR GRADUATES PLEASE RISE? FINAL MESSAGE, GO OUT INTO THE WORLD, ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS, AND PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH AND TELL US ABOUT THEM SO WE CAN BRAG ABOUT YOU. TO OFFICIALLY CLOSE THIS CEREMONY, I ASK THAT FACULTY, STAFF, AND CSUN ALUMNI, RISE FOR OUR UNIVERSITY ALMA MATER “HAIL TO THE MATADORS” UNDER THE MUSICAL DIRECTION OF SCOTT WHITFIELD, AND THE JAZZ “A” BAND, AND SUNG BY LESLIE PERKINS. AFTER THE ALMA MATER IS CONCLUDED, PLEASE REMAIN AT YOUR SEAT UNTIL THE PLATFORM PARTY AND FACULTY HAVE RECESSED. AGAIN, THANK YOU, CONGRATULATIONS, AND ONCE A MATADOR, ALWAYS A MATADOR! ♪ HAIL TO ALL THE MATADORS AND TO OUR SCHOOL SO DEAR ♪ ♪ AS WE MOVE ALONG THE ROAD OF LIFE ♪ ♪ LET US KEEP FROM DOUBT OR FEAR ♪ ♪ FOR THE KNOWLEDGE WHICH WE FIND HERE FOR ALL WHO URGE US ON ♪ ♪ THE SPIRIT OF THE RED AND WHITE WILL BRIGHTEN EVERY DAWN ♪ ♪ WHERE THE SUN IS SHINING AND WHERE TRUTH LEAVES AN OPEN DOOR ♪ ♪ TO HONOR STRONG AND COURAGE TALL WE HAIL OUR MATADOR ♪

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