In-person commencement ceremonies returned to the CSUN campus this past week, after two years of virtual and hybrid celebrations. Joyful graduates, their families and friends gathered at the center of campus on the University Library lawn.

More than 11,600 students from the Class of 2022 were eligible to take part in the graduation ceremonies, starting with Honors Convocation on Saturday, May 14, and continuing Friday, May 20, through Monday, May 23. This year, special ceremonies also were held for the graduates of 2019-21 who wanted to take part in an in-person commencement.

CSUN alumnus Paul Jennings ’85 (Marketing) received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics commencement ceremony. Jennings was a pioneer in deregulated telecommunications services and is a longtime advocate for sustainability and those with learning disabilities.

Community activist and CSUN alumna Irene Tovar ’69 (Social Science) also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, awarded during the commencement ceremony for the College of Humanities and departments in the College of Health and Human Development. Tovar is the founder and former executive officer of the Latin American Civic Association and an advocate for affordable housing and early childhood education in underserved communities.

The energy and happiness were palpable across campus as students celebrated the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice and study and prepared to step into their bright futures. Here are some photo highlights from the ceremonies.

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