California State University, Fullerton

Spotlight: Commencement 2013

Tens of Thousands Celebrate CSUF Annual Rite of Passage

May 30, 2013

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Melissa Y. Doble, B.S. human services cum laude

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Keep learning, give back and remember your alma mater. Those were the three directives given to Cal State Fullerton graduates by President Mildred García during a number of commencement ceremonies this month.

Similarly, this year’s main commencement speakers — CSUF alumni Emmy Award-winning producer Marc Cherry ’95 (B.A. theatre arts) and Orange County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Guerrero Macias ’95 (B.A. psychology and ethnic studies-Chicano studies) — stressed the importance of thanking family members for their support and “paying it forward.”

“Parents are the only people on this planet who will put your needs ahead of their own,” Cherry said.

Macias said told the grads to “dream big” and “be relentless in pursuit of your dream, knowing there will always be setbacks, which I know you can overcome.... When you reach your dream, enjoy it, don’t question it, don’t worry, don’t feel guilty about. Be humble so that others can be happy for you, and share it because you didn’t do it alone.”

Thousands of Cal State Fullerton graduates moved the tassels on their mortarboards from right to left to the enthusiastic cheers of family and friends. Counting both the May 25 and 26 commencement ceremonies, more than 50,000, plus more than 8,000 wearing caps and gowns, attended the main events. Earlier in May, celebrants took part in various other graduation-related events, including:

Among this year’s notable graduates:

Graduates and friends and family of graduates shared their own thoughts and photos on social media sites, including Storify and Instagram. There even are photos of the shoes the graduates wore. View more photos of the ceremonies on Flickr.

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