Sonoma State to celebrate largest graduating class at 2019 commencement

May 14, 2019
Students walking in commencement at Sonoma State

(Rohnert Park) — Sonoma State University will confer degrees on the largest class in the 58-year history of the university next week. In all, more than 2,900 are set to graduate.

“Few things we share in our lives are more moving and memorable than commencement,” said President Judy K. Sakaki. “The hard work and perseverance of these graduates have paid off. We are very proud of the Class of 2019.”

For the third consecutive year, the ceremonies will be held at Weill Hall and Lawn at the Green Music Center. All six ceremonies will be streamed live online at “We want all of the family members and supporters of these graduates, both near and far, to be able to share in this important and memorable event,” said Sakaki.

Dr. Timothy P. White, chancellor of the California State University system, will be on hand to confer an Honorary Doctorate of Letters to Santa Rosa businessman Henry Hansel at the School of Arts and Humanities commencement on Saturday at 5 p.m. This ceremony also will include an address by former SSU Associated Students President Emily Hinton, a student member of the CSU Board of Trustees since 2017, who is a part of this year’s graduating class.

According to the latest University Registrar figures, 2,917 students, including current undergraduates and graduates, pending summer graduates and credential candidates, will be eligible to walk in the six ceremonies this weekend.

The schedule of ceremonies along with the degrees that will be conferred is as follows:


9 a.m., School of Business and Economics

Business Administration, Economics

1 p.m., School of Science and Technology

Applied Statistics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Engineering Science, Computer Science, Earth Science, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, Statistics

5 p.m., School of Arts and Humanities

American Multicultural Studies, Art (Studio), Art History, Chicano and Latino Studies, Communication Studies, English, Film Studies, French, German Cultural Studies, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, Music, Organization Development, Philosophy, Spanish, Theatre Arts

SUNDAY, May 19

9 a.m., School of Social Sciences A

Anthropology, Counseling, Cultural Resources Management, History, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration

1 p.m., School of Social Sciences B

Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geography, Environment and Planning; Global Studies; Liberal Studies; Sociology; Women's and Gender Studies

5 p.m., School of Education

Early Childhood Studies, Education, Teaching Credential

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