November 26, 2022
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 5:58 pm The Season in Summary, Looking Back at CSUDH Volleyball
  • 11:34 am Hope and Healing: PIE’s Fight for Change
  • 9:38 am Alumni Spotlight: Omar Brown on Breaking into Tech
  • 7:00 am What’s Fall-ing Into Your Playlist?
  • 7:00 am Tree Planting Party Teaches Students the Art of Gardening

This year will be the first in-person CSUDH Commencement Ceremony since 2019. Photo by: (CSUDH Photo Archive).

By Ben Verbrugge. Staff Reporter.

I am counting down the days until I can finally throw away the notepad I have been using since 2016 when my higher education journey began. Over the years I have torn out the pages from previous courses once they are completed and stored them in a drawer. Only about 25 pieces of paper remain. It should be just enough to get me by until I graduate in May.  Even though I have been waiting for this day,  I will not be crossing the stage in graduation, because instead of walking alongside the cardinal and gold, I will be attending CSU Chico’s Commencement Ceremony

My notepad has sat through hours of lectures at Arizona State University, El Camino College, and California State University, Dominguez Hills. Several semesters of Zoom class, three different campuses, and four majors later, I am extremely relieved that the finish line is within sight because my notepad has been through a lot. 

I never knew whether or not the goal of walking at graduation and receiving my diploma would ever come to fruition. Now that it is finally here, I do not even have the desire to attend the ceremony. In a way, it just feels like another thing that I would have to do, and not actually WANT to do. Besides, my notebook will most likely be out of pages by then.

My only sister is graduating after enrolling full-time at California State University, Chico in 2018. She has battled through the pandemic and the unknown that surrounded the education system in order to receive her degree in four years.  

In a way I guess I have to graduate this semester. I can’t let my little sister beat me after I have had a three year head start. 

At first, I wanted to get away from Southern California so I moved to Tempe Arizona to pursue my degree. Arizona was a familiar place, my mother, as well as a number of my other family members, also went to ASU. 

After a couple of semesters, I was homesick and decided I needed a break from school. I came back home and started working full-time. 

Semester after semester would pass by and little by little the urge to return and accomplish my original goal returned. Now nearing the end of my final semester, I feel like I am graduating from a bunch of different places, while the culmination of all of these experiences will lead to this one final achievement. 

I feel like I spent an equal amount of time on each of the three campuses I have been a part of, so graduating from CSUDH specifically is exciting yet I am not attached to the idea of walking on its stage. After leaving ASU, El Camino was my home for a while as I transitioned back into life as a student. This is where I rediscovered my educational path and I enjoyed showing up to class again. 

Even though I am a Toro, the things that I have learned from ASU and ECC have propelled me to see this through. 

Without my family, I would not be this close to graduating and it seems fitting to go to my sister’s ceremony and celebrate with her, my parents, and other relatives. Our commencement is on the same weekend. 

My path to a diploma has been somewhat nomadic and it is hard to call one University my home over another. My degree will say Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, but the other two have also guided me along the way. 

I will always cherish my time at CSUDH, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic I was slightly more distanced during my time here, and only spent part of my last semester on campus. Instead of fully integrating myself into the Toro community, I was more focused on the ultimate goal of finishing my bachelor’s.

I will not be holding on to what remains of my notebook at the end of this semester, but getting rid of it will signify the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. I respect and applaud those who are excited to celebrate their accomplishments and walk at graduation but getting through the last remaining pages of my notebook will be ceremonial enough for me.  


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