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May 18, 2005
DH 05 PH085
Contact: Pamela Hammond
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CSUDH Alumna Delays Commencement Walk, Joins Daughter, a Graduating Senior, 29 Years After Earning Degree

CARSON, Calif: - Alumna Sherrill Freeman Moore (Class of 1976, B.A., Psychology and Sociology) graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) after taking years away from college to marry and have children, including her daughter, Theresa. Starting at the age of 5, Theresa would watch her mom bring books home; sit at the table and study.

Moore didn’t walk during the commencement 29 years ago, but wished she had. Then, in September 2004, she attended a reception in Washington, D.C. hosted by President James E. Lyons, Sr. for CSUDH alums living on the East Coast, and he invited them to take part in this year’s commencement.

Moore has flown from her home in Virginia to walk in Friday’s commencement at Dominguez Hills as one of dozens of alums while her daughter, Theresa Doyle, graduates magna cum laude with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a Natural Science/Blended Teaching Credential Option. Doyle, too, began college, quit to marry and have children, then resumed in 1998. She, too, brought books home and her children watched her study. Her daughter attends El Camino College in Torrance and her son attends Torrance High School.

Moore spent 22 years as a director of three preschools in the South Bay area before retiring. Doyle has been a teacher’s aid at Eshelman Elementary School in Lomita for years and said she hopes an opening for a teacher comes up soon so she can stay there. Meantime, her daughter works at Eshelman as a teacher’s aid and may go into education as a career.

WHO: Theresa Doyle, graduating senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills; alumna Sherrill Freeman Moore, Doyle’s mother

WHAT: Moore, who graduated from CSUDH 29 years ago but didn’t walk in the commencement, will now walk in the ceremony as an alum while her daughter, Doyle, graduates magna cum laude.

WHERE: Home Depot Center, Cal State Dominguez Hills, 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA 90706

WHEN: Friday, May 20, 10 a.m.

FOR MEDIA PASS: Contact Public Affairs Director Pamela Hammond at (310) 243-3849 or e-mail Hammond at by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

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