California Southern University to Celebrate 39th Annual Commencement August 5, 2017

Jun 21, 2017 by Vance Chung

California Southern University has announced that its 39th annual commencement ceremony will be held at Cheng Hall at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 2:00PM.

Sara GilmanHundreds of graduates, friends and family members from across the country and around the world are expected to attend this year's ceremony. This years keynote address will be delivered by Sara Gilman, a licensed marriage and family therapist, specializing in the areas of traumatic stress, addictions and peak performance training with athletes and other performers. She is the owner and president of Coherence Associates, Inc. a professional counseling corporation. Sara Gilman is a soon to be graduate of CalSouthern and will be earning her Doctor of Psychology from the university's School of Behavioral Sciences.

Other highlights of the commencement ceremony include the presentation of the CalSouthern Difference Award, the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award and the President's Award for Doctoral Project Excellence.

Heather WilliamsCalifornia Southern University has named Heather Williams the recipient of the 2017 CalSouthern Difference Award, presented annually to a CalSouthern alumnus who has made a difference in his or her profession, field of study or local community through distinguished work, scholarship, innovation or service. She will be presented with the award at the university’s 2017 commencement ceremony for her work overseeing all special victim programs which include: Homicide, Sexual Assault, Gangs, and Domestic Violence. In 2003, after responding to an active shooter event in Irvine, CA she created the CSP Crisis Response Team.

“The annual commencement ceremony is always the highlight of CalSouthern's academic calendar,” says University Founder Donald Hecht. “Commencement continues to be the highlight of CalSouthern each year. As we approach our 40th anniversary, we look forward to once again celebrating with our dedicated graduates from all over the globe.” Says University Founder, Dr. Don Hecht. “I personally look forward to shaking hands with each graduate and wish them tremendous future success in their respective fields.”

The ceremony will be open to members of the media and the public at large. Admission is complimentary. Details and registration information are available online.

About CalSouthern

California Southern University is a regionally accredited university, offering undergraduate and graduate online degree programs in law, business, criminal justice and law enforcement, psychology, and nursing to a nationwide and international student body. CalSouthern is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001. To learn more about online education at CalSouthern, please visit

The Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine California. (949) 854-4646.

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