commencement cap, "to infinity and beyond"Sonoma State University will award degrees to more than 2,000 graduates of the Class of 2016 at its 55th annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 21. This is Ruben Armiñana's 24th and final commencement, as he will retire from his position as President of Sonoma State University on June 30. The event historically draws more than 10,000 people to the Commencement Lawn on the Rohnert Park campus. Ceremonies will be held rain or shine. A video broadcast of the ceremony will be streamed live Saturday on campus in the Student Center and Seawolf Plaza and will be available for viewing online at sonoma.edu.

scott alexanderSonoma State University sports update May 11-17. Pitcher Scott Alexander makes it to the big league club; accolades continue to pile up for baseball, tennis.

t logo cube, 2014 satelliteSonoma State University has received a $200,000 award from NASA to design, build and launch its second tiny satellite, this time to perform global monitoring of vegetation from space.

wine spectator learning center renderingRoy and Rachael Cecchetti of Cecchetti Wine Company have donated $200,000 in support of Sonoma State University's Wine Spectator Learning Center, a state-of-the-art education complex and future home of the Wine Business Institute slated to open in summer 2017.

Kathleen ChaviraThe California State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Chavira as assistant vice chancellor for Advocacy and State Relations effective August 1. Chavira is currently the staff director to the Senate Education Committee in Sacramento, advising the Senate on policy and budgetary issues with a particular focus on higher education.

men's golf teamSonoma State University sports update, May 4-10. Men's golf knocked out of NCAA Regionals, but one Seawolf goes on to national individual tournament; two Seawolves snag All-Region honors in Softball; baseball, women's golf and women's track & field seasons come to an end.

Hannah Ingwerson dancingIt was a longshot. "Like a No. 16-seed reaching the Final Four," says proud professor Kristen Daley. But Sonoma State University senior Hannah Ingwerson defied the odds this year to make it to the big dance -- literally. This summer, her dance piece, "For Example," will be performed at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) National Conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

softball team gives high fivesSonoma State University sports update April 27-May 3. Softball knocked out of CCAA Tournament, but snags bid into NCAA Tourney; water polo boasts eight postseason awards; and men's golf team records two all-conference honors; baseball splits two doubleheaders with Stanislaus.

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