Joy and renewed hope filled the crowd as graduates, families and loves came together to celebrate the class of 2022 on May 21, 2022 at the Save Mart Center, marking a historic return to the arena after three years. The CHHS Commencement provided an opportunity to celebrate the academic excellence of over 1,100 students and future health and human service professionals.
Dean Denise Seabert stated in her address to graduates:
“You have all been through a remarkable experience in the midst of some very challenging times that no doubt built your resilience and strength and tested your confidence and determination. Life looked a lot different just two years ago. But as I stand here now, looking out at all of your smiling faces, I see hope and renewed joy looking back at me.
You all navigated classrooms both through the virtual and physical space, internships and field experiences that shifted gears at a moment’s notice and clinical experiences that gave you a glimpse into the real world – perhaps before you were even ready for it. These are all life experiences that will no doubt carry you well into the future. Through these moments, you’ve blossomed into health and human services professionals.”
Seabert joined Fresno State President, Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, to confer the degrees of the over 1,000 graduates, earning their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration and Social Work Education. The College of Health and Human Services historically graduates the most students on campus, including nearly 40% of doctoral degree candidates.
Graduate Dean’s Medalist, Rebekah Weimer, and Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist, Karina Ortega, were honored during the ceremony, as well as Rebekah Moses, who received the Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist award for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
The full commencement ceremony can be viewed below:
Photos courtesy of Cary Edmondson, Fresno State photographer, and Melissa Tav, CHHS communication specialist.