First CLU Central Coast cohort to graduate

Five students to receive master's degrees in education

The graduates include Vince Sagisi, Ellen Hunt, Gayle Vyenielo and Rochell Daney.

Photo: Victoria L. Kelly

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – May 14, 2013) The first cohort of students in California Lutheran University’s graduate program on the Central Coast will receive master’s degrees in educational leadership on Friday, May 17.

Rochell Daney of Arroyo Grande, Ellen Hunt of Los Olivos, and Jennifer Perez, Vince Sagisi and Gayle Vyenielo of Santa Maria will participate in the 2013 Graduate Commencement Ceremony on the main CLU campus in Thousand Oaks. Vyenielo and Hunt will also receive preliminary administrative services credentials. Michele Frantz of Santa Maria and Corie Ross of Nipomo also earned preliminary administrative services credentials, although they will not participate in the ceremony.

The innovative program in the Santa Maria Valley prepares students to serve as principals, directors and superintendents as well as in other leadership positions in teaching, higher education and nonprofit administration.

The accelerated one-year program allows students to take classes in Orcutt on weekends and online while working full time. The CLU Graduate School of Education works with Central Coast school districts to provide students with field experience. Assignments require students to identify, research and implement creative solutions to the problems administrators encounter daily.

Experienced faculty and local school administrators serve as mentors. Students also benefit from developing relationships with the other working professionals in their cohort.

A total of about 520 students are eligible to receive master’s or doctoral degrees at CLU’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony. A separate Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18. This is the 50th year that CLU has held commencement ceremonies.

CLU is a selective university that also has centers in Oxnard and Woodland Hills for graduate courses and its Adult Degree Evening Program. With an enrollment of 4,200 students, CLU offers undergraduate and graduate programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management and Graduate School of Education. Doctoral degrees in educational leadership, higher education leadership and clinical psychology are also offered. Members of the CLU student body come from across the nation and around the world and represent a diversity of faiths and cultures. For more information, visit For more information on the Central Coast program, contact Program Director Victoria L. Kelly at or 805-938-8931.