Graduation ceremonies begin this weekend for SDSU, community colleges

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Commencement ceremonies began across the San Diego State University campus Friday, where almost 9,900 students are expected to graduate.

The commencements for the College of Health and Human Services and the School of Arts will be the first of this weekend’s ceremonies.

Ceremonies will continue Saturday for the College of Business Administration and the College of Sciences and Engineering. On Sunday the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, College of Education and Division of Undergraduate Studies will hold commencement ceremonies. 

Irwin Zahn, who funds student entrepreneurship and innovation programs, and Susan Salka, CEO of AMN Healthcare, are scheduled to receive honorary doctorate degrees from SDSU.

Students in the Class of 2016 will collectively earn 7,662 bachelor’s degrees, 2,189 master’s degrees and 171 doctorates, according to SDSU.

Parking will be free in various structures around campus. SDSU officials suggested arriving early, and allowing 20 minutes to park and walk to the arena, which is expected to reach its capacity of over 12,000 for the ceremonies.

Community colleges around San Diego County will also begin commencement season Friday. Miramar College will award around 870 associate degrees and 484 certificates of achievement. San Diego fire Chief Brian Fennessy will be the keynote speaker.

Ceremonies are scheduled Saturday for San Diego Mesa College; and the following weekend for Cal State San Marcos, the University of San Diego, Palomar College and San Diego City College.

Mira Costa and Southwestern colleges will hold commencement on May 27.

Ceremonies for UC San Diego, and Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, will take place in June.

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