May 25, 2010

SSU's 49th Commencement Ceremonies Launch Class of 2010 on May 29

Sonoma State University will award diplomas to the Class of 2010 at its 49th annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 29. Approximately 2,000 are expected to walk for their diplomas with their families and friends watching among the 2,230 eligible to earn their degrees. The event historically draws more than 10,000 people to the Commencement Lawn on the Rohnert Park campus. The event will be held rain or shine.

Ceremonies are scheduled at 9 a.m. for the School of Science and Technology and the School of Social Sciences and 3 p.m. for the School of Arts and Humanities, School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education.

During and after, the ceremony can be viewed by visiting SSU's streaming media web site at for those who wish to watch it from off-campus.

Keynote speaker for both the morning and afternoon ceremony is Anne Lamott, a Bay Area author and political activist. Lamott is the best selling author of over six novels and four books of non-fiction, and has been awarded with a Guggenheim Fellowship. She offers life experiences and honesty, discussing real life topics, and sugarcoating nothing.

The top ten degrees awarded this year are in Business Administration, Psychology, Liberal Studies (Hutchins), Sociology, Communication Studies, Education, Environmental Studies, Kinesiology, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies and History.

Honorary Degrees will be presented at the afternoon ceremony to John and Jennifer Webley, local philanthropists who have been tremendous supporters of the Sonoma State community. Paired with their community involvement and generosity, the couple's dedication to education and the arts have contributed to the growth of the campus and the quality of education for all students.

Sonoma State University's campus-wide sculpture exhibition showcases is back this year with numerous sculptures designed to make a statement about issues that are important to the student artists. Approximtately 20 projects from COMMENCE: Sculpture Projects 2010 will be on view to the public at various locations around the campus until May 30. The public is invited to view the projects at any time.

For further information, visit the Commencement 2010 Web site at

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057