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2018 CGU Commencement Forum
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Re-Imagining the University Through the Arts, Design, and Innovation

An arts experience that features a panel discussion, honors recognition, and a casual cocktail hour for Claremont Graduate University graduates and their families and friends, as well as the wider community.

Friday, May 11, 2018
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Peggy Phelps and East Galleries
251 E. 10th Street
Claremont Graduate University

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested.


Each year, the Commencement Forum celebrates the accomplishments of student honorees and honorary degree recipients in the spirit of transcending boundaries, both disciplinary and tangible. This year’s forum deals with artistic practice, design, and innovation, specifically asking us to re-imagine the impact of the university through these lenses.

A panel of this year’s honorary degree recipients—Zubaida Bai, Kim Stringfellow, and Daniel E. Walker—will anchor the experience. Bai is a thought leader and innovator of health and livelihood solutions; her company, ayzh (pronounced “eyes”), provides reproductive products and services for over 1 million women and girls in underdeveloped countries. Stringfellow is an artist, educator, writer, and independent curator based in Joshua Tree, California, and an art professor at San Diego State University. Walker, a scholar, artist, and social entrepreneur, founded the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival and has written and directed films and worked as a producer for KCET.

The panel will be moderated by Andrew Vosko, PhD, associate provost of Transdisciplinary Studies at CGU.

In addition, this year’s forum will showcase the arts at CGU as an interactive experience. The Art Building will be transformed into a collaborative exhibition of fine art, poetry, music and innovation, where members of the campus community and their families can participate in arts integration at CGU.

Please join us on May 11 for our Commencement Forum experience: We will offer refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, provocative conversation, and great art.


3:30 pm | Chamber music
4:00 pm | Award ceremony in lobby
Transdisciplinary Dissertation Fellows awards
Claremont Graduate University Dissertation Fellowships
2018 President’s Art Award
4:30 pm | Honorary Degree panel in the Atrium
5:15 pm | Music, reception, galleries, VIP tours