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May 17, 2004
DH 04 TK037
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Media Advisory

CSUDH’s Class of 2004 becomes first to graduate at
the Home Depot Center on campus

Carson, CA – More than 4,600 students are eligible to participate in the 38th Annual Commencement at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) on Friday, May 21, at the Home Depot Center on the CSUDH campus. The Class of 2004 has increased by 200 graduates this year. The Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
In recent years, Commencement ceremonies were held at The Forum in Inglewood. Under an agreement with the Home Depot Center, CSUDH seniors will now utilize the 27,000-seat-capacity sports facility to hold graduation exercises.

“I’m particularly pleased that we have been able to bring the commencement home because for many of the parents and friends of our graduates, this may be the first opportunity they have had to see where our students have spent so much time, worked so hard, and accomplished so much,” said James E. Lyons, Sr., president of CSU Dominguez Hills.

Lyons points to the diverse student body, faculty and staff at CSU Dominguez Hills as providing students with a “real-world” experience of what they can expect to encounter when they move beyond the boundaries of the campus.

“I hope each student has taken advantage of the opportunity to experience the richness of a multicultural world that our campus, as few other campuses in the country reflects,” Lyons said. “What this environment has given our students is a real-world perspective that should allow them to function comfortably in any career setting.”

CSU Dominguez Hills is home to more than 13,000 students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in 43 undergraduate majors and master’s degrees in 19 fields. For more information, visit the university’s Web site at

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May 17, 2004, 4:50 pm, by Stephanie Brown (sb)