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Commencement time at SSU

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 | Posted by


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Approximately 2,300 students will receive diplomas on Saturday, May 11, as part of SSU’s annual commencement ceremonies. Generally, the event draws more than 10,000 people to the annual rite of passage on Commencement Lawn on campus, located by the lakes.

The number of graduates this year is slightly higher than past years.

Ceremonies are at 9 a.m. for those graduating from the Schools of Education, Arts and Humanities, and Business and Economics. At 3 p.m., ceremonies will begin for the Schools of Social Sciences and of Science and Technology. Ceremonies will last two and a half to three hours. Parking permits are not required on Commencement Day.

This year the keynote speaker for both ceremonies is Alison Levine, who served as the team captain for the first ever American Women’s Everest Expedition. Levin is an adventurer, explorer and mountaineer who at one time worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs.

Along with working as the deputy finance director for Governor Schwarzenegger, Levin completed what is known as the “Adventure Grand Slam” by climbing the highest peak on each continent and skiing to both the North and South Poles.

She currently serves as an adjunct professor at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and is a founder of the Climb High Foundation.

Students, parents and guest are encouraged to tour the campus’s public art exhibit, titled Commence: 2013, which features art by SSU students.

The ceremony can be viewed online, during and after the ceremonies, by visiting SSU’s streaming media website at http://streaming.sonoma.edu. For additional information, contact Andrea Rodriguez-Jereb at 664-2018.

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