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    May 21, 2019

    More than 12,600 Titans — graduates and candidates for graduation — are eligible to participate in Cal State Fullerton’s May 17 – 19 commencement ceremonies. Attendees are expected to number more than 60,000 during the weekend festivities.

    The Titan success stories include a team of assistant deans for Student Affairs who collaborated to supply commencement caps and gowns to 97 students in need of financial assistance to purchase their regalia and participate in commencement ceremonies. This is the first year the campus Tuffy’s Basic Needs Service offered the assistance and the regalia will be dry cleaned and stored for future students, said Marlene Romero, care services coordinator at the center.

    Titan graduates include:

    Anneke Mendiola, 82, who will graduate magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in liberal studies and philosophy. She is the recipient of the university’s Betty Robertson Award from CSUF’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

    Retired Marine Nick Deitz and his son Seth will graduate with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and concentrations in management. Nick, 44, who retired from the Marines in 2012 as a staff sergeant, wants to find a management job with the federal government. Seth will graduate after summer courses and then head to Virginia to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines.

    Praise Dekpoh, an international student who studied at Mihaylo College of Business and Economics and plans to return to the West African Togolese Republic and use entrepreneurship to bring about meaningful positive change in the lives of West Africans.

    Melissa Manzo, 25, who will graduate with a bachelor of science degree and a minor in computer science. She put her love of challenges, calculus, and physics to work and created an app for a drone that delivers mail across campus and several computer games. She’d like to work on virtual reality games and make more women in STEM fields a reality too.

    Mir Aminy, is a member of CSUF’s Project Rebound, which helps formerly incarcerated students return to education. He also is a peer mentor with the university’s Male Success Initiative offering academic support for men of color, and a volunteer at Higher Ground Youth & Family Services after-school program in Anaheim. He had polio as a child in Afghanistan and as a teen, he got involved in gangs and spent some time in prison. He graduates on Sunday with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and in the fall, he’ll begin a master’s program in counseling.

    Cal State Fullerton has streamlined its ceremonies this year by eliminating the University Ceremony and focusing on college and department ceremonies.

    “Our focus, as always, is on creating a deeply moving and celebratory ceremony for our students, their families, and friends,” said Andrea Kelligrew, director of university events. “As our student population has grown, so has the number of those eligible to graduate and wishing to participate. Hence, the university has sought ways to maximize the use of existing venues and offer graduates as many tickets as possible.”

    The 2019 three-day program will feature ceremonies on four sites: Titan Stadium, the Intramural Field, Titan Gymnasium, and the Engineering and Computer Science Lawn. Every ceremony will feature a processional, the reading of student names and conferral of degrees.

    Tickets for guest admissions are required, as well as special commencement 2019 parking permits for on-campus parking. Carpooling is recommended.

    CSUF Commencement ceremonies will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, and 9-11 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, as outlined in the online schedule.

    The ceremonies will be shared via live stream here.

    Cerise Valenzuela Metzger, Media Contact