California Southern University to Name Recipient Of 2013 CalSouthern Difference Award

May 9, 2013 by University Communications

Annual award, to be presented at the university’s commencement ceremony on August 3, honors a CalSouthern student or alumnus for distinguished scholarship, professional excellence or service to the community

Dr. Caroll RyanIrvine, California—California Southern University will announce the recipient of the 2013 CalSouthern Difference Award at the online university’s 35th annual commencement ceremony, held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on August 3 at 2:00 p.m. The award is presented every year to a CalSouthern student or alumnus who makes a difference in his or her area of practice, field of study or local community through distinguished scholarship, innovation or service.

The CalSouthern Difference Award will be accompanied by a $2,500 cash prize to be donated—in the recipient’s name—to a charitable or philanthropic organization of the recipient’s choosing. Award winners currently enrolled as students at the university also may choose to have the financial award applied to their tuition costs.

“Our selection committee has identified the recipient of the 2013 CalSouthern Difference Award, and we eagerly look forward to presenting the award at our annual commencement ceremony,” says University President Dr. Caroll Ryan. “This person has overcome what to most people would have been insurmountable challenges to achieve an advanced education. Our winner then applied the acquired knowledge and skills to help others meet similar challenges and turn their lives around. The recipient is the perfect embodiment of the ideals upon which the CalSouthern Difference Award was founded and is a source of inspiration to the entire university. It will be an honor to join with the entire CalSouthern family in celebrating our winner’s contributions to the community and accomplishments in the face of adversity.”

Interested members of the public are invited to join CalSouthern graduates, their guests, university faculty and staff at the 2013 California Southern University Commencement Ceremony. Details and registration information can be found online at

About CalSouthern:

Founded in 1978, California Southern University is an accredited online university offering online degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels in business, law, criminal justice and psychology to an international student body, utilizing a proprietary learning system. CalSouthern is accredited by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. To learn more about CalSouthern, please visit

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