Fall 2011


Commencement 2011

Commencement 2011

FRIENDS AND FAMILY CHEERED as Humboldt State celebrated 2,100 new graduates in Redwood Bowl, May 14.

Honorees included the three Outstanding Students of the Year: Ian T. O’Brien, an Interdisciplinary Studies major and leading contributor to peer health education; David J. Janssen, a Chemistry major, who worked on Arcata Marsh projects and conducted research at Lassen’s Boiling Springs Lake; and Du Cheng, a Cellular/Molecular Biology major and Chinese exchange student, who is the former president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (read more about Du Cheng on page 49).

Student volunteers from a number of clubs continued the “Green-Up Graduation” effort begun last year to minimize the use of single-use plastic bottles, disposable coffee cups and other waste.

At all three ceremonies, the commencement address was delivered by alumnus

Robert Thomas (‘85, Geology), Professor of Geology at University of Montana-Western, at Dillon. Thomas was named a 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and was honored as one of Humboldt State’s Distinguished Alumni in 2008.

“Education is a transformative experience,” Thomas told the graduates. “I left Humboldt a totally different person; I was more open-minded, more flexible and I craved a creative life. Most importantly, I learned enough to know that I didn’t know very much and I wanted to know more. This is the hallmark of a great education; a Humboldt education.”

The 2012 commencement ceremonies are scheduled for May 12.

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Commencement 2011