Influential Expert on Global Economic and Gender Issues To Receive Honorary Doctorate and Give Address at CSU, Chico’s 119th Commencement

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May 15, 2009

Joe Wills
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Influential Expert on Global Economic and Gender Issues To Receive Honorary Doctorate and Give Address at CSU, Chico’s 119th Commencement

California State University, Chico’s 119th Commencement will feature an address by a 1981 computer science alumna considered one of the world’s most influential women: Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, minister of foreign trade for the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).

Sheikha Lubna will be awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Science at the Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 24. She will speak to graduates of the Class of 2009 at both Commencement exercises: Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24.

While at CSU, Chico, Sheikha Lubna was president of the Computer Science Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu. After graduation, she worked as a programmer for the software company Datamation, and later took a position with the U.A.E. General Information Authority. She was one of the first women in the U.A.E. to obtain a technology degree. She also earned an MBA from the American University of Sharjah.

Sheikha Lubna is a member of the royal family of the emirate of Sharjah, one of the seven emirates that comprise the U.A.E. She serves on the Board of Directors of Dubai University, the Arab International Women’s Forum and Tejari.com, among other organizations.

In addition to her governmental duties, Sheikha Lubna lectures throughout the world on economic issues as well as on her special perspective on gender issues and equality. In 2007, Forbes magazine listed her among the 100 most influential women in the world. In 2005, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Approximately 2,800 CSU, Chico students are expected to receive bachelor’s degrees either Saturday or Sunday in the University Stadium. The ceremonies start at 9 a.m., take about two hours and are held rain or shine. Tickets are not required for admission.

Saturday’s Commencement exercises will feature graduates from the colleges of Communication and Education (including Liberal Studies), Humanities and Fine Arts, and Natural Sciences as well as International and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Sunday’s Commencement exercises will feature graduates from the colleges of Agriculture, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business, and Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management.

The Saturday and Sunday Commencement exercises will also feature student speakers and remarks by CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. Rebecca Dedeker-Winston, a theatre arts major and graduating senior from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, will speak on Saturday, and Grace Ellen Berryhill, an animal science major and graduating senior from the College of Agriculture, will speak on Sunday.
In addition, a number of colleges and programs will hold receptions and special ceremonies, including a ceremony for master’s graduates on Friday, May 22. A full list of Commencement events is below. Tickets are required for events only where indicated.

Wednesday, May 20

The Native American Graduation Celebration, previously scheduled for 6 pm, has been cancelled.

Thursday, May 21

The Asian graduation Celebration will be held at 6 pm in Performing Arts Center 134.

The School of Education Recognition Ceremony for credential candidates will be held at 6:30 pm in Laxson Auditorium. Tickets required: 898-4570.

Friday, May 22

The School of Social Work Master’s Ceremony will be 1 pm in Laxson Auditorium., with a reception to follow at 3 pm in PAC 144. Tickets required for the ceremony: 898-6204.

The Nurses Pinning Ceremony will be held at 4 pm in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium.

The Graduate-Master’s Degree Ceremony will be held in Laxson Auditorium at 7 pm. Tickets required: 898-6049.

Saturday, May 23

Commencement exercises, University Stadium, 9 am

The Black Commencement Celebration will be held 1-3 pm in Harlen Adams Theatre (PAC 144).

The Latino Commencement Celebration will be held 1-3 pm in Laxson Auditorium. Tickets required: 898-6831.

The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management will have a Graduation Celebration Ceremony in Laxson Auditorium at 4 pm. Tickets required: 898-5963.

Sunday, May 24

Commencement exercises, University Stadium, 9 am.

For more information about Commencement exercises, call Sue Anderson, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, at 898-6472 or go to http://www.csuchico.edu/alumni/commencement/.

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