Graduate, Professionals ceremony May 15
500-plus earn bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees
(VENTURA, Calif. — April 26, 2021) California Lutheran University will hold its 2021 Graduate and Professionals Commencement in person at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura.
The 58th annual ceremony will honor 116 students earning degrees through the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program, 370 earning master’s degrees and 23 earning doctorates.
Each graduate can bring one car of people to the fairgrounds parking lot. Graduates will be able to walk across the stage as their names are read as long as Ventura County is in the red, orange or yellow tier as outlined under state guidelines. Video of the ceremony will appear on four massive LED screens, and attendees will tune in to the state-of-the-art sound system through their car radios. The drive-in ceremony will be livestreamed on CalLutheran.edu for those who can’t attend.
Reegin Lynn Bullard of Simi Valley will speak on behalf of the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals students. A first-generation college student, she attended Moorpark College and then started working toward her degree in organizational leadership at Cal Lutheran. From the first day of class, she found a community filled with people who helped and supported each other. To extend that support and provide activities for Professionals students, she helped launch and served as vice president of the program’s first club, the Organizational Leadership Forum. After working and going to school full time since she was 16, Bullard is going to take a break after graduating by visiting her boyfriend’s family in France. Then the program coordinator for Logix Federal Credit Union plans to attend culinary school.
Bryce Colvard of Thousand Oaks will speak on behalf of the students earning graduate degrees. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal Lutheran in 2019 and returned full time to get a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy with a specialization in trauma. She has gained experience and clinical skills working with children, adolescents and adults at Cal Lutheran’s Community Counseling Centers and interning at Outreach Concern, which provides counseling services at schools. She also served as a graduate research assistant. Colvard wants to provide safe spaces for individuals and families who have experienced trauma to walk their paths to healing.
Cal Lutheran offers programs for about 230 students in the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program and 1,200 graduate students in the School of Management, Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Psychology in Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Oxnard, Santa Maria, Austria and online.