New Graduates Encouraged by State’s Latest Unemployment Figures

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Thousands of graduates received their diplomas at Sleep Train Arena on Friday at the Spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies.

Friday's ceremonies included the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and the College of Education.

A few dozen masters candidates were recognized before around one thousand bachelor's studies students were honored in front of their families and supporters.

After a brief welcome by Orn Bodvarsson, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, University President Alexander Gonzalez took to the podium.

"After all the finals they all nighters and all of those workouts, the pizza, the chips, the smoothies, lattes, veggie burgers, veggie burritos and everything else at the Union and all the selfies at the parking lot, now it's time to graduate from Sacramento State," Gonzalez said.

Each college chose one Dean's Award recipient for outstanding achievement in the classroom and the community. Out of the seven Dean's Award recipients, President Gonzalez awarded Roula Omary the President's Award. Omary is an aspiring Dietician, graduating from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics.

Despite growing up as an immigrant from Kuwait, later setting in the United States, raising two children and speaking English as a second language, she has overcome several challenges and barriers in her life. For that, she was spotlighted at her graduation, Friday morning.

FOX40 also spoke to Fatu Saina, an Economics student from Stockton. He said his graduation was a long time coming.

"I used to attend the school while back," Saina said. "I had to drop out to work and take care of my family. Then I reinstated back. And now I am graduating. It's been a while. It's been a long journey."

Saina is among the three million graduates of the CSU system, one step close to getting their dreams jobs.

A new study shows California's unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent--the lowest it has been since March, 2008. Lucky for Saina, he said Sacramento State prepared him well, so he will not be a part of that statistic any time soon.

"I attended a career fair about two months ago. And then I did one month of interviews with different people and now I have a job for a management program for Sherwin Williams," Saina said happily.

Saturday, students from College of Health and Human Services, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Business Administration, and College of Arts and Letters will have their graduations at Sleep Train Area.

Acclaimed journalist and Sacramento State alumnus, Lester Holt will be at Saturday's ceremony to receive his Honorary Doctorate degree from the University.

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