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Working Class: CSU Dominguez Hills Commencement Highlights Diversity of Graduates and Their Education


Nearly 3,500 students at California State University, Dominguez Hills were eligible to graduate on May 21 in ceremonies at the Home Depot Center Tennis Stadium. Four ceremonies throughout the day highlighted the university’s five colleges in smaller, more intimate celebrations than in past years. A variety of speakers congratulated the Class of 2010, sending them forth with words of hope and encouragement.


Working Class: CSU Dominguez Hills Commencement Highlights Diversity of Graduates and Their Education
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CSU Dominguez Hills Confers Honorary Degrees Upon Former Nisei College Students and WWII Incarcerates
CSU Dominguez Hills Confers Honorary Degrees Upon Former Nisei College Students and WWII Incarcerates

Like most American college students, Louise Isako Miyake Morita (at left) and Terushi Naritoku looked forward to achieving their goal of a college education that would lead to a successful career of their choice. Unlike most American college students, they were unable to continue their education due to a governmental decree: Executive Order 9066 signed on Feb. 19, 1942, designated all Japanese residents of the United States –including natural-born citizens or Nisei – as enemy aliens of the United States and ordered them to concentration camps in remote areas of the country. On May 21, 2010 Miyake and Naritoku were awarded honorary degrees from the CSU at the university’s commencement ceremony for the College of Professional Studies.

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Alumni Return to CSU Dominguez Hills for Commencement Exercises
Alumni Return to CSU Dominguez Hills for Commencement Exercises
Thirty-four alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills returned to their alma mater on May 21 to march in a traditional Alumni Processional during the commencement ceremony for the College of Business Administration and Public Policy. Coming from as near as Carson and as far as Quartz Hill, the graduates spanned the university’s last five decades in history and its diversity of educational opportunity in their achievements.
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Lauren Kelly-Hill: Military Wife Granted Graduation Wish

Online student Lauren Kelly-Hill may have taken a nontraditional route toward earning her bachelor’s degree in applied studies, but when it came time to graduate, she wanted to be walk in commencement just like everyone else. Her dream almost didn’t come true when she learned graduation day was also the day she was to be on a plane headed for Hawaii, where her military husband was being transferred. When Toby Bushee, ceremony and events manager, was made aware of Kelly-Hill’s dilemma he decided to do something about it. During Thursday rehearsals for that Friday’s commencement, he arranged for a special ceremony for Kelly-Hill and her family.




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