CSU Chancellor White to Attend CSUSM Commencement Ceremony, May 24
Media Advisory by Margaret Chantung
California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White will attend one of California State University San Marcos’ (CSUSM) commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 25. This is the only CSU commencement ceremony that the Chancellor will attend in 2014.
At the 9:30 a.m. College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences ceremony, Chancellor White will present CSU Student Trustee Cipriano Vargas with bachelor degrees in sociology and women’s studies. Vargas has represented the approximately 447,000 CSU students as one of two appointed student trustees since 2011.
A first-generation college student, Vargas participated in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) as a freshman. In his sophomore year he returned to CAMP as a peer mentor, helping students from farm-working family backgrounds acclimate to the rigors of college life. During the 2011-12 academic year, Vargas served as the chair of the University Student Union Advisory Board, volunteered as an Orientation Team member, helped organize the University's new Civility Campaign and held the position of social justice officer for Associated Students, Inc. (ASI). In May 2012, students elected Vargas to the position of vice president of external affairs for ASI. He is an alumnus of the Vista Future Farmers of America and a current member of CSUSM's Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán student organization.
“This is going to be a precious moment that I will remember forever,” said Vargas. “Chancellor White was a first-generation college student, as were others who will be standing with me on the platform including President Haynes, Provost Oberem and Vice President Meza. I have felt incredibly supported during my time at CSUSM and hope to be an inspiration for others who feel challenged to get in to college or get through college.”
Please note, due to the Chancellor’s schedule he will be departing CSUSM at 10:30 a.m.
What: CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White will present CSU Student Trustee Cipriano Vargas with bachelor degrees in sociology and women’s studies at CSUSM’s May 25 commencement ceremony for the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences.
When: Sunday, May 25 at 9:30 a.m. The presentation is expected to take place between 9:45 and 10 a.m.
Where: Mangrum Track and Field, California State University San Marcos 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos
Media: Please note, due to the Chancellor’s schedule he will be departing CSUSM by 10:30 a.m. For easy access to the ceremony site, media are asked to park in Lot Z, located at South Twin Oaks Valley Road and Campus Marketplace.