Over two days, more than 2,500 students from the California State University, Stanislaus got the opportunity to cross a stage for what was the biggest day in the most of their lives: graduation day.
While jobs may not be plentiful for those coming right out of college, parents, friends, family, and especially the students themselves got to experience the proud feeling it is to become a college graduate.
“Graduates you should be proud,” said CSU Stanislaus President Joseph F. Sheley. “You’ve worked hard. You’ve been in all nighters. You’ve drunk way too much coffee or whatever.
“You stayed focused on the prize and it is a prize now won…that no one can take away from you, ever.”
Sheley spent some time naming off some of the 300 local communities near the university, where a vast majority of the Class of 2015 has been born and raised. While many were born in Turlock, some in Merced, Escalon, and some out of the state, they all share something special.
“This is a campus that holds a whole region’s dreams,” said Sheley. “No matter how distinct each one of those communities, look what you share today. The region comes together right here and speaks with a single voice about our shared interest and values and about the pride we have and the hope we place in our graduates.”
Sheley, who was not raised in the Central Valley, could still relate to a large majority of the 2,514 graduates — he too was the first graduate in his family. When asked by Sheley who graduating was the first in their respective family, more than half of the students stood pridefully.
And proud they should be — as should all of those who graduated — for CSU Stanislaus may not have the name recognition as other universities in the state, but Sheley reassured all of the graduates that they would be prepared for what’s next.
“Don’t you blink. Don’t you flinch. Don’t you doubt,” said Sheley. “You’ve worked too hard, this faculty has worked too hard to get you ready. I promise you, you will be ready.”
CSU Stanislaus graduates celebrated with friends at Thursday’s commencement ceremony.
Excitement was abundant as CSU Stanislaus graduates crossed the stage in front of friends and family.
President Joseph F. Sheley told students “Don’t you blink. Don’t you flinch. Don’t you doubt,” because the Class of 2015 will be ready for their future.
CSU Stanislaus graduates got creative with cap decorations.