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Jeff Boster, ULV safety coordinator for the Maintenance Department, is one of many University employees helping to prepare for this year's Commencement ceremonies. Each year the bell is taken out of storage to be seen by graduates and guests at Commencement. The bell is rung as doves are released at the end of graduation. / photo by Juan Garcia

Jeff Boster, ULV safety coordinator for the Maintenance Department, is one of many University employees helping to prepare for this year’s Commencement ceremonies. Each year the bell is taken out of storage to be seen by graduates and guests at Commencement. The bell is rung as doves are released at the end of graduation. / photo by Juan Garcia

by Christine Owen
Staff Writer

Expected to be one of the largest graduation ceremonies in University of La Verne history, over 2,100 students will take part in Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 28 in Ortmayer Stadium.

Included in this number will be traditional undergraduate students, masters and doctoral graduate students and students from the ULV schools of continuing education throughout the Southland.

“It’s an absolutely wonderful time of year where we can celebrate the achievement of our students’ effort,” said Ruby Montaño-Cordova, associate dean of student affairs.

The Baccalaureate service will be held on Saturday, May 27 at 4 p.m. at the La Verne Church of the Brethren.

The non-denominational religious and musical service will feature guest speaker Gloria Molina, chair of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, representing the First District.

Molina has a reputable list of accomplishments including working at the White House as a deputy for presidential personnel as well as being the first Latina in history to be elected to the California State Legislature, the Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The celebration continues Sunday with two processional ceremonies.

The first will be at 9:30 a.m. and is for bachelor and associate degree candidates, while the 4 p.m. ceremony will be for master’s, juris doctorate and doctoral degree candidates.

Douglas Mazza, former senior American executive for American Suzuki Motor Corporation, is the 2000 undergraduate commencement ceremony speaker. Mazza is now the executive vice president of Joni and Friends, an international Christian ministry servicing disabled persons and their families.

“He was chosen to speak due to his dedication to volunteerism and his work with non-profit organizations,” said Montaño-Cordova.

“He made the decision to go from profit to non-profit and that’s where I think the significance comes in,” she said.

ULV alumnus Dr. Terrence Deal will speak at the graduate ceremony.

Dr. Deal has authored over 20 books and is respected as a former teacher, principal, police officer and administrator.

Although both processional ceremonies are expected to last at least two hours, Montaño-Cordova said that the morning ceremony will run “a little longer.”

The reason is that the University will award two Administrator Emeritus recognitions, one to Allan Fink, public summer school administrator, and the other to Jan Snow, the assistant dean for the School of Continuing Education.

Professor Emeritus recognition will be given to retiring professors Dr. George Arnold, professor of physics and Dr. Rhoda Kachuk, professor of English.

In the afternoon ceremony, Professor of Public Administration Stuart Mandell will be recognized as Professor Emeritus.

Montaño-Cordova said that the University is expecting somewhere between 13,000-15,000 guests in attendance for the morning ceremony and 10,000-11,000 for the afternoon ceremony.

“We encourage people to limit the number of invitations they send out because we don’t do reserved seating or sell tickets,” Montaño-Cordova said.

Plans have been made in terms of seating for the thousands of guests, but with that many people expected to attend; Montaño-Cordova said that some will “have to stand.”

Parking will also be another issue that faces arriving guests. Clearly the University parking lots and surrounding street parking is not enough to accommodate over 10,000 people.

In order to alleviate the situation and avoid such a problem, Montaño-Cordova said that the University has arranged for additional parking to be available to accommodate guests. This parking will be at Brackett Airport and there will be shuttles transporting people from the airport to the front of Miller Hall.

She also said special discount rates have been arranged with the Shilo Hotel and Hilltop Suites in Pomona and the Fairplex Sheraton in Pomona. This is done exclusively for out-of-town guests. In addition, shuttle buses will run from the hotels to the university for the convenience of guests in attendance.

According to Montaño-Cordova, there will be some changes this year in the actual ceremony itself.

Such changes will be a new stage design that includes a ramp at the front instead of steps, a new design for the backdrop has been created and the faculty and staff will be situated closer and “not so removed from the ceremony.”

Montaño-Cordova also emphasized the excitement that is felt by faculty and staff on the accomplishments of so many students.

“It’s really a privilege to serve them because not every student that enters the University graduates,” Montaño-Cordova said.


Commencement 2000 Schedule

Tuesday, May 23
2-7 p.m. — Cap, Gown and Hood Distribution, Old Gym

Wednesday, May 24
2-7 p.m. — Cap, Gown and Hood Distribution, Old Gym

Thursday, May 25
2-7 p.m. — Cap, Gown and Hood Distribution, Old Gym

Friday, May 26
2-7 p.m. — Cap, Gown and Hood Distribution, Old Gym

Saturday, May 27
2-4 p.m. — Cap, Gown and Hood Distribution, Old Gym
3:30 p.m. — Baccalaureate Robing, La Verne Church of the Brethren
4 p.m. — Baccalaureate Service, La Verne Church of the Brethren

Sunday, May 28
7-10 a.m. — Commencement Breakfast Feast, Davenport Dining Hall
7:30 a.m. — Honors Program Breakfast, PDR
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Cap, Gown and Hood Distribution, Old Gym
8:15 a.m. — Degree Candidate Robing, Student Center Gym
8:30 a.m. — Guest Seating for Undergraduate Ceremony, Ortmayer Stadium
8:30 a.m. — Faculty/Administrative Robing, Dailey Theatre
9:30 a.m. — Procession & Ceremony for Bachelor/Associate Candidates, Ortmayer Stadium
11:30-12:30 p.m. — Reception for Law Graduates, University Mall
11:30 a.m. — Ed.D. Hooding Ceremony, Sheraton Suites Fairplex
1 p.m. — D.P.A. Hooding Ceremony, La Fetra Hall
1-3 p.m. — College of Law Hooding Ceremony, La Verne Church of the Brethren
3 p.m. — Guest Seating for Graduate Ceremony, Ortmayer Stadium
3 p.m. — Degree Candidate Robing, Student Center Gymnasium
3 p.m. — Faculty/Administrative Robing, Dailey Theatre
4 p.m. — Procession & Ceremony for Graduate Degree Candidates, Ortmayer Stadium

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