Ceremonies celebrating the graduation of 4,300 students were held over the weekend within the confines of CSU’s campus, but the audience watching the events spanned the globe.
Viewers in 66 countries across six continents logged in to watch ceremonies at Moby Arena and the Lory Student Center. China, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Ireland, Bolivia, Australia, Vietnam, Jamaica and Germany were just a few of the countries viewing the ceremonies as they happened.
Also, viewers in all 50 states went online to watch the ceremonies Friday and Saturday, thanks to the live video stream provided by the University on the Commencement website.
College ceremonies and ROTC commissionings recognized 3,337 undergraduate and 1,088 graduate students, including 65 doctoral students and 85 earning graduate certificates, and 26 Army and Air Force ROTC commissionees. Fifty-four undergraduates earned distinction as summa cum laude, 109 as magna cum laude and 193 as cum laude.
Highlights included Kevin Hoyt, an online MBA student, who rose from his wheelchair and walked across the stage to receive his diploma to rousing applause from his fellow College of Business graduates. Hoyt, who was paralyzed in 2012, used the opportunity to walk across the stage as motivation in his recovery.