Commencement 2010

Thousands participated in this year's commencement ceremonies. This video features some of this year's special moments, captured by photographers Karen Tapia and Greg Andersen.

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Photographers Patrick and Peggy O'Donnell also captured commencement highlights at ceremonies, where thousands of students celebrated completing their degrees.

International Understanding

Fatima Jamil Faiz has completed her master of fine arts degree with a 4.0 grade point average. She intends to teach and study the traditional art of Persian miniatures, and anticipates studying with a Pakistani artist in the fall.

From Addiction to Redemption

Former addict and ex-convict Daniel Cole has turned his life around and completed his bachelor's degree in human services. He now is heading to Cal State Los Angeles to pursue his master of social work degree.

Becoming Educational Leaders

Seventeen students are set to become the first to earn a master of science in education with a concentration in higher education this August. Among the 17 are 11 CSUF staff members.

Harvard Bound

Triple major Hector Ramos is on his way to the Ivy League law school of his choice. He had his pick from 14 of the nation's best law schools. His professors call his accomplishments "immense."

Principal's Ed.D.

Jaymi Abusham, principal of La Veta Elementary School in Orange, was the first to complete her dissertation in Cal State Fullerton's independent doctoral program in higher education.

Adding Up Success

McNair Scholar Suzette M. Puente has completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics and now is on her way to UC Berkeley with a full scholarship to pursue her doctoral degree in statistics.

Newborns on Her Mind

Ghazal Bahri, who has completed her bachelor's degree in biological science and is this year's winner of the Kenneth L. Goodhue-McWilliams Award for Outstanding Service in the Health Professions, now has her sights on becoming a doctor.

Passion to Serve

Josue Guadarrama is on his way to a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Washington State University. His goal is to serve the underserved.

Holocaust Survivor Graduates

Ralph Montview has completed his master's degree in civil and environmental engineering, more than 50 years after the Nazis killed his mother, enslaved his father and threw him on the streets at the age of 8.

Summer Springboard

Cindia Velasco and Eduardo Garcia are set to pursue careers in public policy. Velasco is joining Teach for America and headed for Chicago. Garcia is a fellow in the Humanity in Action program in Amsterdam.

Trading Lab Coat for Scrubs

Annie Nguyen, a biochemistry graduate who spent her time at CSUF as a top scholar and community volunteer, is this year’s recipient of the Miles D. McCarthy Health Professions Award. She plans to become a doctor.

Rolling in Fitness

Alejandro Espinoza created a mobile health program for children who live in a parkless Santa Ana neighborhood as part of his M.P.H. degree. He continues the program today to combat and prevent obesity.

Ready to Lead

Twenty-four graduates have completed their degrees and become second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. The new officers now are preparing for deployment to Afghanistan or other parts of the world.

From Bookworm to Philosopher

As a young girl, Erica A. Nieblas found refuge in books. Later, higher education became her goal. She is completing her bacheor's degree in philosophy and English and plans to become a professor.

Presidential Accolades

Three graduates — Maureen Fox, Alicia Bernard and Nicole Peeke — are this year's winners of the President's Associates Awards, the universiy's top student honors.

A Mother's Example

McNair Scholar Lisa A. Gonzalez is following in her mother's footsteps into a master of social work degree program at the University of Michigan, where a full scholarship awaits her arrival this fall.

Career Paths Set

Graduate Paul Saiedi, who will begin a doctoral program at the University of Maryland this fall, and graduate Rebecca Cunningham are this year's CSUF Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award winners.

Inspiring Future Mathematicians

Dawn Nadeau, an elementary school teacher, knows first-hand the anxiety some young students have about learning math, so as part of her master's degree, she's written a mathematics chapter book for them.

Giving Back

Guardian Scholar Nikki Muth completed her bachelor's degree in psychology and women's studies. Orphaned at 12, Muth plans to help others just as she was helped and supported at CSUF.

Take Two

Relive this year's main commencement ceremonies May 22, featuring keynoter Rudy Hanley, of SchoolsFirst FCU, and May 23, featuring keynoter Paul Folino, of Emulex Corp.