11
Sep

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Graduate Ceremony


WHO WILL LEAD THE WAY? WHO WILL
STAND UP? WHO WILL SOAR? CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY LOS
ANGELES, RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE UPWARD
MOBILITY OF OUR STUDENTS.>>Announcer: WELCOME TO THE
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES 2018 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FOR THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY. WILL THE CLASS OF 2018 PLEASE
RISE TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY? NOW WILL EVERYONE PLEASE RISE
FOR THE ACADEMIC PROCESSION? [“POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE”
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REMAIN STANDING AND WELCOME CAL STATE LA STUDENT ANA RANGEL WHO
WILL SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ACCOMPANIED BY THE CAL STATE LA
BRASS QUINTET. O SAY, CAN YOU SEE, BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT
STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE O
SAY, DOES THAT STAR SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE>>PLEASE BE SEATED. GOOD MORNING, STUDENTS, HONORED
FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS. I’M EMILY ALLEN, DEAN OF THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY. WELCOME TO THE 2018 COMMENCEMENT
CEREMONY. OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR ACADEMIC
CAREER, OUR FACULTY, ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF HAVE
FOCUSED THEIR EXPERTISE ON YOUR SUCCESS. THEY HAVE BECOME YOUR MENTORS,
AND FOR MANY OF YOU, YOUR COLLEAGUES. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO
ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK THE CHAIR OF THE ACADEMIC SENATE, VEENA
PRABHU, THE MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY, EMERITI FACULTY, AND STAFF REPRESENTING THE
UNIVERSITY’S SIX COLLEGES, THE JOHN F. KENNEDY MEMORIAL
LIBRARY, AND THE ADMINISTRATION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR
STUDENTS’ SUCCESS. WILL THESE MEMBERS OF THE
UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED? FACULTY. THANK YOU. YOU MAY BE
SEATED. NOW, PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING THE PRESIDENT OF CAL
STATE LA, WILLIAM A. COVINO. [APPLAUSE] – WELL, THE FIRST ONE TO BE ABLE
TO SAY TO YOU CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF
2018! YOU’VE MADE IT! YOU’VE WORKED HARD FOR THIS
ACCOMPLISHMENT. YOU PERSEVERED. YOU EXCELLED. AND TODAY WE
CELEBRATE ALL THAT YOU’VE ACHIEVED AND ALL THAT IS YET TO
COME. IN THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE, YOUR
TIME AT CAL STATE LA IS A PIVOTAL CHAPTER. DURING YOUR TIME HERE, WE
WITNESSED WORLD-CHANGING MOMENTS CALIFORNIA BECAME THE WORLD’S
FIFTH LARGEST ECONOMY, EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES THAT AWAIT YOU AS
YOU GRADUATE. POLITICAL CHANGES ON THE
NATIONAL SCENE CREATED NEW PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES, AND
THE VOICES OF STUDENTS DETERMINED TO SERVE THE
PUBLIC GOOD BECAME AN EVEN MORE IMPACTFUL FORCE FOR CHANGE. DURING YOUR TIME HERE, ADVANCES
IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY GAVE US NEW POWER, AND NEW POTENTIAL. FROM SELF-DRIVING CARS TO PERSONAL FITNESS TRACKERS, AND
VIRTUAL REALITY GAMING AND APPS THAT ENCOURAGE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, OUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE HAS BECOME MORE FULL OF
POSSIBILITIES FOR PERSONAL GROWTH. AND YOU, CLASS OF 2018, YOU ARE
THE CREATORS OF TOMORROW. DURING YOUR TIME HERE, YOU EACH
EXPERIENCED A PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION AS PROFOUND AS EVENTS WE LIVED
THROUGH TOGETHER. YOU ARE NOT THE SAME PERSON YOU
WERE WHEN YOU FIRST SET FOOT ON CAMPUS. YOU CAME HERE WITH A PLAN TO
LEARN MORE, TO FOCUS YOUR MAJOR ON A CAREER PATH, OR PERHAPS TO
EMBARK ON A NEW ONE. YOU WILL LEAVE CAL STATE LA WITH
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES THAT WILL HELP PROPEL YOU FORWARD INTO REWARDING CAREERS,
REWARDING RESEARCH, AND REWARDING PERSONAL AND
PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. I HOPE YOU’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER
THE FACULTY WHO TAUGHT AND MENTORED YOU AND HELPED YOU
BECOME THE ACCOMPLISHED GRADUATE YOU ARE TODAY; THE
FRIENDS WHO ENCOURAGED YOU, AND THE COMMUNITY THAT EMBRACED YOU. YOU SHARED IN IMPORTANT EVENTS
IN THE LIFE OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY. TOGETHER WE CELEBRATED THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY. WE LAUNCHED
NEW INITIATIVES. AND WE STOOD IN THE SPOTLIGHT WHEN A STUDY IN
THE NEW YORK TIMES RANKED CAL STATE LA NUMBER ONE IN THE
NATION FOR THE UPWARD MOBILITY OF OUR STUDENTS. GRADUATES, THAT MEANS A BRIGHT — EVEN BRIGHTER FUTURE AWAITS
YOU. TODAY YOU WILL BECOME ALUMNI OF CAL STATE LA. YOU WILL
JOIN THE RANKS OF MORE THAN 245,000 ALUMNI OF CAL STATE LA
AND THREE MILLION ALUMNI OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. OUR OUTSTANDING ALUMNI INCLUDE
TENNIS LEGEND BILLIE JEAN KING; CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS; CONGRESSWOMAN LUCILLE
ROYBAL-ALLARD; ASTRONAUT SAMUEL ROYBAL-ALLARD; ASTRONAUT SAMUEL DURRANCE; INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
LEADER ISAAC LARIAN; RALPH M. TERRAZAS, FIRE CHIEF OF THE LOS
ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT; BARRY RONDINELLA, DIRECTOR OF THE JOHN
WAYNE AIRPORT IN ORANGE COUNTY; ADRIANA OCAMPO, OF NASA; LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS EXECUTIVE
DANIELLE ARES; DR. SUMANTA PAL, CO-DIRECTOR OF THE KIDNEY CANCER PROGRAM AND MEDICAL
ONCOLOGY AT CITY OF HOPE HOSPITAL; MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY THAT OWNS GAVINA
COFFEE, AND MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY THAT OWNS PORTO’S BAKERY. NOW ALL OF THESE GREAT PEOPLE
ARE YOUR FELLOW ALUMS. THE CLASS OF 2018 INCLUDES 106 VETERANS, WHO HAVE SERVED OUR
NATION WITH VALOR AND THEN RETURNED TO EARN A DEGREE. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ALL OF THE
VETERANS THAT ARE HERE WITH US TODAY,
GRADUATES, PARENTS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, COULD YOU PLEASE STAND
AND LET US ACKNOWLEDGE YOU? ALL OF THE VETERANS WHO ARE HERE
TODAY. ALL RIGHT. [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY IS HOME
TO THE LARGEST UNIVERSITY-OPERATED HYDROGEN
FUELING FACILITY ANYWHERE IN AMERICA. THIS FACILITY PROVIDES HANDS-ON LEARNING AND RESEARCH
OPPORTUNITIES. THE COLLEGE IS ALSO HOME TO THE
AWARD-WINNING ECOCAR TEAM. OUR SPEAKER TODAY WILL HAVE AN
ECO-CAR. HE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT I AM
TALKING ABOUT. FACULTY AND STUDENTS IN THIS
COLLEGE HAVE CONDUCTED SEAFLOOR
MODELING, FUNDED BY THE OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH; HYDROLOGY
RESEARCH, FUNDED BY NASA; AND EARTHQUAKE RESEARCH,
FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. OUR STUDENTS ARE BETTER EQUIPPED
TO SOLVE REAL-LIFE PROBLEMS WHEN THEY LEAVE THE UNIVERSITY
BECAUSE OF THE SOLID FOUNDATION THEY RECEIVED AT THIS COLLEGE. HERE, GRADUATES LIKE SALVADOR
ROJAS DISCOVER THEIR PASSION AND BEGIN BUILDING THE FUTURE. AS AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AT
CAL STATE LA, SALVADOR HELPED CREATE AN OPEN-WHEEL RACE CAR
WITH THE FORMULA SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS TEAM AND HE FOUNDED A CAMPUS CHAPTER OF
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. HE WAS AWARDED A CALIFORNIA
STATE UNIVERSITY – LOUIS STOKES
ALLIANCE FOR MINORITY PARTICIPATION BRIDGE TO THE
DOCTORATE FELLOWSHIP, WHICH SUPPORTED HIS PURSUIT OF A
MASTER’S DEGREE AT CAL STATE LA. AS A GRADUATE STUDENT, SALVADOR
LED A TEAM OF SIX UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN BUILDING A HUMANOID
ROBOT CALLED MELO. SALVADOR’S ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO
DEVELOP A ROBOT THAT CAN GO INTO SPACE, OR ON DANGEROUS RESCUE
MISSIONS IN NATURAL DISASTERS. IN HIS FREQUENT TALKS AND
DEMONSTRATIONS TO AUDIENCES, SALVADOR EXPLAINS THE POTENTIAL ROBOTICS HAS TO HELP CARRY OUT
SUCH CRITICAL TASKS. HE IS A MEMBER OF THE ENGINEERING HONOR
SOCIETY TAU BETA PI. HE IS ALSO A RECIPIENT OF THE EMERGING
RESEARCHERS NATIONAL CONFERENCE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD AND WAS A
STUDENT SPEAKER AT THE COLLEGE OF ECST HONORS
CONVOCATION, WHERE HE RECEIVED SPECIAL RECOGNITION IN GRADUATE
STUDIES. IN THE FALL, SALVADOR WILL BEGIN A FIVE-YEAR DOCTORAL PROGRAM AT
PURDUE UNIVERSITY, WHICH HAS AWARDED HIM THE GEORGE
WASHINGTON CARVER DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP. CONGRATULATIONS,
SALVADOR. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] GRADUATES, YOU ARE HEADED TO
COMMUNITIES THAT YOU WILL ENERGIZE AND EMPOWER WITH ALL
YOU HAVE LEARNED. WITH THE CAL STATE LA VALUES THAT YOU CARRY,
WITH YOUR EXPERIENCES AS A PART OF THIS RICH INTELLECTUAL
COMMUNITY. THAT’S WHY TODAY’S COMMENCEMENT IS SUCH A MONUMENTAL DAY FOR COMMUNITIES ACROSS LOS ANGELES
AND FOR WHEREVER YOU CALL HOME. WHEN YOU WALK ACROSS THIS STAGE,
YOU’RE NOT JUST WALKING FOR YOURSELF. YOU’RE WALKING FOR THE PLACES
YOU LOVE. LAST MONTH WE LAUNCHED THE
GREATEST FUNDRAISING EFFORT IN THE UNIVERSITY’S HISTORY. FOCUSED ON THE PLACE WE LOVE. WE
CALL IT “WE ARE LA: THE CAMPAIGN FOR CAL STATE LA.” WE CHOSE THAT
NAME BECAUSE GRADUATES OF CAL STATE LA REPRESENT THE BEST OF
LOS ANGELES. BECAUSE OF THE DEDICATION AND
KNOWLEDGE YOU’RE CARRYING WITH YOU, WHEREVER YOU’RE HEADED,
WHEREVER YOU WILL LIVE AND WORK, THAT PLACE AND THOSE PEOPLE CAN
LOOK FORWARD TO AN EVEN BETTER FUTURE BECAUSE OF YOU. YOU’RE WALKING TODAY FOR THE
PLACES YOU LOVE, AND YOU’RE ALSO WALKING FOR THOSE WHO LOVE YOU. YOU DIDN’T ACCOMPLISH THIS
IMPORTANT GOAL ALONE. THOSE WHO YOU LOVE INSPIRED AND
MOTIVATED YOU. SO IN THAT SPIRIT LET’S HAVE ALL
THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS OF THE GRADUATES STAND SO THAT WE CAN
APPLAUD THEM. MOTHERS AND FATHERS. [APPLAUSE] HOW ABOUT
GRANDMOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS, YOU TOO. AUNTS AND UNCLES, SISTERS AND
BROTHERS, NIECES AND NEPHEWS, SPOUSES,
CHILDREN, FRIENDS. ALL STAND AND LET US APPLAUD YOU
FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO PRODUCE
THE CLASS OF 2018! THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. THANK YOU ALL VERY
MUCH. IN THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE, TODAY IS AN UNFORGETTABLE
CHAPTER. TODAY YOU STAND ON THE PEAK OF A
GREAT MOUNTAIN, LOOKING AT THE WORLD AND YOUR FUTURE. YOU SEE
OTHER MOUNTAINS AROUND YOU; THEY REPRESENT OTHER GOALS AND
CHALLENGES. ALONG WITH ALL THAT YOU WILL
REMEMBER FROM YOUR YEARS AT CAL STATE LA, I ASK THAT YOU
REMEMBER THIS ADVICE: DON’T BE DAUNTED BY THE HEIGHTS
OF YOUR DAUNTED BY THE HEIGHTS OF YOUR DREAMS AND CHALLENGES. DURING YOUR TIME HERE, YOU’VE
LEARNED HOW TO REACH THE TOP. ALWAYS REMEMBER: YOU ARE A
GOLDEN EAGLE AND YOU-WILL-SOAR! CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2018! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, PRESIDENT COVINO.
OUR STUDENT ADDRESS WILL BE DELIVERED BY KEVIN MONSALVO. KEVIN MONSALVO IS AN ALUMNUS OF
CAL STATE LA. HE HOLDS A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND RETURNED
FOR THE MASTER’S OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER
ENGINEERING. DURING HIS GRADUATE STUDIES,
KEVIN HELD SEVERAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. HE SERVED AS THE
ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS LEAD FOR ECOCAR3,
ENGINEERING LEAD FOR THE DREAM PROJECT, AND AS THE MARKETING
AND OUTREACH DIRECTOR FOR CAL STATE LA’S INSTITUTE FOR
ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, KEVIN
REPRESENTED CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AT THE SENSORNET 2018
CONFERENCE IN MADEIRA, PORTUGAL. HE PRESENTED ON THE WORK OF THE
DREAM TEAM. AFTER GRADUATION, KEVIN PLANS TO
WORK FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY WITH THE GOAL OF ADVANCING THE
DEVELOPMENT OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. PLEASE JOIN ME IN
WELCOMING, KEVIN MONSALVO. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] – THANK YOU PRESIDENT COVINO AND
DR. EMILY ALLEN. HELLO CLASS OF 2018, MY NAME IS
KEVIN MONSALVO AND I AM HONORED TO BE ABLE TO SERVE AS YOUR
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. WHY DID I CHOOSE TO BECOME AN ELECTRICAL
AND COMPUTER ENGINEER? IT’S A QUESTION THAT KEEPS
COMING UP MORE. “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN
YOU ENTER THE AUTOMOTIVE OR EMBEDDED INDUSTRY?” I WANT TO BE
COMPLETELY HONEST. THE ANSWER IS I DO NOT KNOW, FOR
NOW. I AM HERE BECAUSE THE PROFESSORS
HAVE SELECTED ME AS AN OUTSTANDING STUDENT. I AM NOT ONE TO TALK ABOUT
MYSELF BUT I WANT TO LIST SOME OF THE THINGS I WAS ABLE TO DO
IN MY SHORT TIME HERE. I STARTED SCHOOL IN 2013 AS A TRANSFER FROM MOUNT SAN ANTONIO
COLLEGE. AND DECIDED TO TAKE ELECTRICAL
ENGINEERING FOR ONE REASON: IT HAD THE WORD COMPUTERS IN IT.
DURING MY UNDERGRADUATE CAREER, LIKE MANY OF YOU, I HAD A PART
TIME JOB. I NEEDED TO PAY BILLS. DURING THOSE YEARS I WAS ALSO A
FOOTBALL COACH FOR MY ALMA MATER, AND ALTHOUGH THE JOB WAS
NOT HIGH PAYING I LOVED WHAT I DID. THE ABILITY TO TEACH FROM
EXPERIENCE, TO LEAD IN A DIFFERENT WAY AND
SHOW HOW MUCH MORE HARD WORK PAYS OFF THAN RAW TALENT. YOU SEE IN MANY SEPARATE
OCCASIONS IN MY SHORT LIFE I HAVE LIVED BY ONE RULE: DO WHAT
IS NECESSARY TO BE MENTALLY HAPPY. I KNEW THAT A COACHING JOB WAS
NOT GOING TO GIVE ME THE MONEY I NEEDED, AND I KNEW THAT IT WAS
NOT GOING TO MAKE UP THE HOURS THAT I COULD HAVE SPENT
STUDYING. HOWEVER, I KNEW FOR A FACT THAT
THE LESSONS THAT I LEARNED ABOUT TEAMWORK, COOPERATION AND
SUCCESS WERE GOING TO HELP ME IN WHATEVER I NEEDED TO DO AND
WANTED TO PURSUE. LET’S FLASH FORWARD TO 2015; THERE WAS A
MOMENT WHERE I DECIDED THAT IF I WAS GOING TO DO THE BEST I COULD
AT THIS UNIVERSITY, I WOULD NEED TO DEVOTE MY TIME TO MY STUDIES.
ONCE I LEFT MY JOBS I WAS ABLE TO JOIN A RESEARCH TEAM WITH DR.
DEBORAH WON: THE DREAM TEAM. I WAS ABLE TO JOIN IEEE AND
BECOME A BOARD MEMBER, AND I WAS ABLE TO START SUCCEEDING AS A
STUDENT. BUT I HAD TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE SOURCE OF INCOME AND
A BETTER WAY TO MANAGE MY FINANCES. I GRADUATED IN 2016
WITH MY BACHELORS AND MOVED ON TO MY MASTERS. IN THE SPRING OF
2017 I COMMENCED MY MASTER’S PROGRAM AND BEGAN TO DIVE DEEP
INTO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MOBILE APPLICATION WITH THE DREAM TEAM. WITHIN ONE YEAR WE WERE ABLE TO
CREATE AN ELABORATE AND FUNCTIONAL SYSTEM AS WELL AS OUR FINDINGS IN AN
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. I THEN DECIDED TO PURSUE THESIS WORK
AND WITH THE HELP OF DR. LIU AS WELL AS THE ECOCAR3 I WAS
ABLE TO START EXPLORING THE WORLD OF VEHICLES AND THE WORLD
OF AUTONOMY AND FEEDBACK. WITH BOTH THE DREAM TEAM AND MY ADAS, I WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH
STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY AND COLLABORATE IN AN
INTER-DISCIPLINARY TEAM. WORKING ON MY OWN PROJECT WITH MY TEAM
WAS SOMEWHAT SPECIAL BECAUSE WE WERE TACKLING A DISCIPLINE THAT
NOT MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE WITH. IN MY TIME AT
CAL STATE LA I HAVE LEARNED THAT YOU CANNOT DO THINGS ALONE. LIFE IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE, AND
THE ONLY TRUTH THAT I HAVE NOTICED IN MY LIFE ARE HUMANS. WE ARE ALL HERE ON THE SAME BOAT
AND THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM SOMEONE — OUR
FRIENDS, OUR PARENTS, OUR FAMILY, OUR PROFESSORS AND OUR
PEERS. IN MY TIME AT CAL STATE LA I HAVE LEARNED THAT THE ONLY
WAY YOU CAN SUCCEED IS BY WORKING ON A GREAT TEAM. IT
TAKES MULTIPLE MINDS TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN. THAT MEANS
THAT YOU MUST BE AN EXCELLENT TEAM PLAYER. YOU MUST SACRIFICE
AND PUT IN THE WORK. IF NO ONE ELSE CAN DO IT THEN IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SHOW THEM
AND TAKE CHARGE, OR ELSE NOTHING WILL GET DONE. IN MY TIME AT CAL STATE LA I
HAVE LEARNED THAT YOU MUST TAKE RISKS. IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART AND
SOUL THAT THIS IS WHAT YOU MUST DO THEN DO IT AND ACCEPT;
WELCOME THE CONSEQUENCES. IN MY TIME AT CAL STATE LA I
HAVE LEARNED THAT VOLTAGE IS EQUAL TO CURRENT TIMES RESISTANCE. SORRY,
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING JOKE. NOW, CLASS OF 2018, IT IS TIME
TO SAY “CONGRATULATIONS.” WE ARE ALL HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE PUT IN
A LOT OF WORK. WE ARE THE REASON THIS
UNIVERSITY THRIVES, WE ARE THE REASON A LOT OF PEOPLE MAKE MONEY AND WE ARE THE REASON WHY
THIS WORLD IS GOING TO CHANGE. LIKE MANY OTHER ALUMNI BEFORE,
WE CAME ONTO THIS CAMPUS TO ASSUME THE RESPONSIBILITIES AS
STUDENTS. WE CAME, WE LEARNED, WE FAILED,
WE SACRIFICED, WE COLLABORATED, WE CREATED AND NOW WE GRADUATED. I HOPE THAT EVERYONE’S NEXT
CHAPTER IS BETTER THAN THE LAST. DO NOT FORGET THE CONNECTIONS
YOU MADE AND TAKE THE LESSONS YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED WHEREVER
LIFE TAKES YOU. THANK YOU, CLASS. [APPLAUSE]
>>THANK YOU, KEVIN. NOW, IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THE
CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER OF THE UNIVERSITY, DR. LYNN MAHONEY, PROVOST AND VICE
PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS. DR. MAHONEY. [APPLAUSE]
>>PRESIDENT COVINO, I PRESENT TO YOU THE CANDIDATES FOR
DEGREES IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE,
AND TECHNOLOGY. THEY HAVE MET ALL OF THE
REQUIREMENTS FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE DEGREES AND ARE
RECOMMENDED BY THE UNIVERSITY FACULTY WHO TAUGHT THEM.>>THE RECIPIENTS FOR THE MASTER
OF ARTS AND MASTER OF SCIENCE FROM THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING,
COMPUTER SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY WILL NOW BE HOODED ON STAGE. WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR MASTER’S
DEGREES PLEASE RISE FOR THE CONFERRAL OF DEGREES BY
PRESIDENT COVINO? [MUSIC] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CIVIL
ENGINEERING. [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING MASTER OF
SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES] WHILE THE CANDIDATES FOR A
MASTERS PLEASE RISE FOR THE CONFERRAL OF DEGREES BY PRESIDENT COVINO? – OKAY, WE WILL MAKE THIS
OFFICIAL NOW. ALL RIGHT. BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE
STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND BY THE TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE
UNIVERSITY, I HEREBY CONFER UPON YOU THE MASTER’S DEGREE FOR
WHICH YOU QUALIFY, WITH ALL THE RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND HONORS
PERTAINING THERETO. WILL THE CLASS OF 2018 PLEASE STAND? YOU ARE NOW PROUD ALUMNI OF CAL
STATE LA. CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2018! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] HERE THEY COME!>>I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF
THE UNIVERSITY STAFF, FACULTY, STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS INVOLVED
IN ORGANIZING THE 2018 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE MEMBERS OF THE
HONORS CONVOCATION AND COMMENCEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] AT THIS
TIME, THE UNIVERSITY HYMN WILL BE PERFORMED BY CAL STATE LA
STUDENT, ANA RANGEL, WHO WILL BE
ACCOMPANIED BY THE CAL STATE LA BRASS QUINTET. THE LYRICS MAY BE
FOUND INSIDE YOUR PROGRAM. [MUSIC] ALL HAIL TO THEE, OUR ALMA MATER DEAR! WE SING WITH FAITH AND PRIDE THY PRAISES FAR AND NEAR. WE DEDICATE OUR LIVES TO TRUTH AND PEACE AND RIGHT, TO GIVE THE WORLD THE TORCH OF
FREEDOM’S LIGHT. HAIL, ALL HAIL! [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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