Graduation at Cal State San Marcos
Graduation at Cal State University San Marcos. Photo by Rennett Stowe via Flickr

San Diego County’s universities and colleges will begin a weekend of graduation ceremonies on Friday as thousands of new graduates receive their degrees.

San Diego State University will begin a full weekend of ceremonies with graduations for its colleges of Arts and Letters and Health and Human Services. Throughout its weekend of ceremonies, SDSU will award honorary degrees to the university’s President Emeritus Sally Roush, homeless advocate Father Joe Carroll and Christopher Sickels, a leader of the Campaign for SDSU fundraising effort, which raised more than $800 million.

All of SDSU’s graduation ceremonies will be held at Viejas Arena. Friday’s ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Cal State San Marcos will hold two ceremonies for its College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. In total, the university expects to confer degrees on nearly 3,800 students, 55 percent of whom are the first in their families with a four-year degree. The university’s ceremonies will be held at CSUSM’s Mangrum Track and Field.

The San Diego Community College District will begin graduation ceremonies at its four campuses with Miramar College’s ceremony. The college expects to confer more than 1,200 associate degrees on its graduates this year. San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate will also present the college with a proclamation to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

“Students in the San Diego Community College District come from all walks of life and span a broad range of ages, but all of them are single-minded in their determination to completing their education, often while working and supporting a family,” said district Chancellor Constance Carroll. “On behalf of everyone in one of California’s largest community districts, I want to congratulate the Class of 2019 on their achievements.”

The district will spread its ceremonies over this weekend and next weekend. In total, the district plans to award nearly 12,000 degrees and certificates this year.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.