October 4, 2023

More than 2,200 to attend commencement ceremonies

CSU GraduationMore than 2,200 graduates and guests are expected to travel to Orange Beach, Ala., for the CSU commencement ceremonies Friday, Oct. 21 at The Wharf Conference Center.

Graduates from more than 30 states and several countries are scheduled to attend this major event which will feature two ceremonies. The morning graduate ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and the afternoon undergraduate ceremony will follow at 2 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Marilyn Hickey, founder and president of Marilyn Hickey Ministries, a non-profit humanitarian organization based in Denver.

“The CSU Graduation Ceremony provides a very special opportunity for our students to connect with faculty members and staff who’ve helped them successfully reach their educational goals. Each graduation brings more graduates and guests which is a testament of the passion and dedication of our students,” said Robert Mayes, CSU president.

One of those dedicated, and excited, graduates who will treking into Alabama from Washington will be Janet Ferguson. She finished her bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health which surprised her.

“I never thought I would actually get a bachelor’s degree until now,” she said. Ferguson will be attending with her parents, fiance, and an uncle from Texas. “I am really looking forward to walking across that stage.”

Graduates and their guests are invited to attend an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, to meet faculty and staff and view the university’s facility in Orange Beach. Group tours will be given and attendees can purchase CSU paraphernalia and learn more about the alumni association.

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