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May 24, 2001
Contact: Tim Woodhull



California State University, Dominguez Hills to host Commencement 2001 at The Forum in Inglewood

California State University, Dominguez Hills will host its 35th graduation ceremony Friday, May 25 at The Forum in Inglewood. The 18,000-seat arena is expected to be filled to capacity with graduates and their families and friends who hold tickets.

CSU Dominguez Hills has traditionally hosted Commencement at its campus in Carson. This spring, however, on-going construction projects at the university compel it to relocate the ceremony to The Forum, which is the one facility in the area with suitable parking and seating.

A highlight of the ceremony will be the passage of graduates across the stage to receive their certificates as their names are called individually.

The Commencement 2001 speaker will be Jim Walton, president of Domestic Networks for the CNN News Group. He will address the topic, “Ask The Question.”  Appointed in August 2000, his responsibilities include 15 CNN news networks and 14 Web sites, including He is based at CNN world headquarters in Atlanta.

Before this position, Walton was the president of CNN/Sports Illustrated, the 24-hour sports network. In this capacity, he was also in charge of the CNN News Group’s sports division where he oversaw nearly 300 employees in six divisions, including CNN/Sports Illustrated, CNN/Sports Illustrated Interactive, CNN Sports, CNN Headline Sports, CNN Newsource Sports, and CNN International (CNN) Sports.

Sharing the platform with Walton will be senior officials from The California State University, which comprises 23 campuses statewide. They include Debra Farar, CSU Board of Trustees; David Spence, CSU senior vice chancellor, Academic Affairs; and, Richard West, CSU senior vice chancellor, Business Affairs and Finance.

Representing CSU Dominguez Hills are President James E. Lyons, Sr.; vice presidents Donald S. Castro, George A. Pardon, Boice M. Bowman, Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., and Kathleen O. Walton. Also, representing the academic units on campus are deans Donald L. Bates, School of Business and Public Administration; Billie G. Blair, School of Education; Margaret F. Gordon, Extended Education; Cecile Lindsay, Graduate Studies and Research; Sandra Parham, Library; Abel Arvizu Whittemore, School of Health; and, Selase Williams, College of Arts and Sciences.

Others in the Platform Party are Rudy Vanterpool, professor of Philosophy and Faculty Grand Marshal; J. Cynthia McDermott, professor of teacher education, chair of the Academic Senate, and recipient of the 2000-2001 Lyle E. Gibson Outstanding Teacher Award; Lisa Gray-Shellberg, professor of psychology, and 2000-2001 Outstanding Professor; Margaret Blue, associate professor of political science, and Marshal of the Platform Party; and, Justine Bell-Waters, executive assistant to the president, and Assistant Marshall of the Platform Party.

The student representative is Haleemon Anderson, president, Associated Students, Inc. The alumni representative is Kathleen Alvarez, president, CSUDH Alumni Association, Inc.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Tim Woodhull, director,  Media Relations, at (310) 243-3367.