(Carson, CA) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and veteran trial attorney Dave Carothers will provide keynote remarks to graduates during the 2018 California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Commencement ceremonies on May 18 and 19 at 4 p.m. in the StubHub Center Soccer Stadium located on the CSUDH campus.
Nearly 4,000 bachelor and master candidates are expected to cross the commencement stage over the two days, cheered on by approximately 46,000 family and friends.
Friday, May 18, at 4 p.m.: College of Business Administration and Public Policy; and the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing. Keynote speaker, Dave Carothers, partner of the law firm Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP.
An alumnus of CSUDH Carothers (1982, B.S., business administration) is an experienced trial attorney who has tried more than 75 cases to verdict in jurisdictions throughout California. His law firm specializes in employment, labor, and immigration law and has offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, and San Francisco. Carothers has been named to the Best Lawyer in America list, San Diego’s Top Attorney lists, and San Diego Super Lawyer list. He earned his bachelor’s degree at CSUDH and his juris doctorate from USC Law Center.
Saturday, May 19, 4 p.m.: College of Arts and Humanities, College of Education, and the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. Keynote speaker, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Mayor Garcetti is a fourth-generation Angeleno and the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. He led and won a campaign to pass the boldest local infrastructure initiative in American history, funding a once-in-a-generation expansion of public transportation. Garcetti launched the L.A. College Promise, regarded as the most ambitious higher education access program in the nation — serving more than 4,000 students, many of whom are overcoming poverty and are the first in their families to pursue the dream of higher education. To confront L.A.’s homelessness crisis, Garcetti is leading a regional alliance committed to getting people off the streets. In 2015, he put more money in workers’ pockets by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and cut business taxes to help drive an economic recovery that has created a record number of jobs in legacy industries like entertainment and aerospace. Garcetti’s government service began on the L.A. City Council, where he spent four terms as Council President before being elected mayor in 2013 and winning re-election in 2017 by the widest margin in L.A. history.
Willie J. Hagan, who announced his retirement as CSUDH’s president in September 2017, will lead the commencement ceremonies for his final time. Hagan’s six years as CSUDH’s 10th president have been marked by substantial growth and commitment to student academic achievement.
The StubHub Center is located at 18400 Avalon Blvd. in Carson. Media parking is available at the StubHub Center in parking lot 10. To RSVP, please call Paul Browning at (310) 243-2740.
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About California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Dominguez Hills, centrally located in the greater Los Angeles South Bay region, is a model urban university with a wide range of academic programming, providing accessible, high quality, and transformative education to students aspiring to succeed and thrive in a complex, global society. Since 1960, CSU Dominguez Hills has served a diverse community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. A national model and laboratory for student success, the university offers a proven path to opportunity and social equity, advancing a college-focused culture in the communities it serves while providing vital resources of knowledge, talent, and leadership to the greater Los Angeles region and beyond. Today, CSU Dominguez Hills boasts over 100,000 alumni – doctors, scientists, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs – who are leaders in education, health, technology, entertainment, public service, and business, making a difference in their fields, in people’s lives, and in their communities. For more information, visit www.csudh.edu.