The community is invited as the College of Arts and Humanities 2019 Convocation celebrates our graduates at 12:15 p.m., Friday, May 17 at the Save Mart Center. The event will feature guest speaker Jon Parrish Peede the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Peede previously served as the publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia and held multiple positions at the National Endowment for the Arts. Peede has written speeches for a U.S. President, a first lady, and a librarian of Congress. He has served on several nonprofit boards and is the co-editor of Inside the Church of Flannery O’Connor: Sacrament, Sacramental, and the Sacred in Her Fiction (Mercer 2007) and editor of a bilingual anthology of contemporary American fiction Lo que cuenta el vecino: cuentos contemporáneos de los Estados Unidos (UNUM: Mexico City, 2008).
The convocation is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend to congratulate this next generation of CAH graduates who will go on to radiate an inspiration for life.
The celebration will begin with speeches delivered by President Joseph I. Castro, who will be giving Chairman Peede the President’s Medal of Distinction, and Dean Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval. California State University Trustee Hugo Morales will also be in attendance at the convocation. Morales is the Executive Director and co-founder of the national Latino public radio network Radio Bilingüe and advocates for minority-controlled public media.
At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, congratulations will continue with the 2019 University Commencement Ceremony at the Save Mart Center to celebrate all graduates across the university. Legendary Bay Area media personality Jan Yanehiro will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of her decades of achievement in broadcast journalism and her humanitarian work.
Yanehiro graduated from Fresno State in 1970, with a degree in journalism. For more than 14 years, Jan hosted “Evening Magazine” a pioneering nightly program on KPIX TV in San Francisco. As the founding co-host, she traveled in search of extraordinary people and places, in Japan, Russia, China, Australia, Europe, Mexico and throughout California and the United States. Ms. Yanehiro received several Emmys and other awards for her work on “Evening Magazine” and was inducted into the Academy of Television and Radio Hall of Fame in New York City. She received the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award and is a 2003 Silver Circle inductee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Parking is free, and passes are not required. Guests may park in the Save Mart Center’s North Lot, or on the Fresno State campus. Lot 5 is designated for the disabled and special passes. Due to security requirements, backpacks or large bags will not be allowed in the Save Mart Center.