"I am pleased that the Board of Trustees has selected Bishop Blake for this special honor," said Dr. Herbert L. Carter, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees. "Bishop Blake locally, nationally and internationally demonstrates a noteworthy example of a pattern of leadership which seeks to build a more compassionate and caring society."
In addition to serving as the pastor of the West Angeles Church, Blake serves as the presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, one of the nation's largest denominations. He is also the founder and CEO of Save Africa's Children, a program that serves more than 100,000 children in more than 20 nations in Africa.
In 2005, in an effort to increase the number of African American students eligible to attend college, the CSU partnered with African American churches in the Los Angeles basin to create the Super Sunday program. Blake's work has been vital to the CSU's efforts to reach out into the community and inform students and their families about the opportunities that a college education provides.
For more about Blake, go to http://www.westa.org/about_bishop.html.
The CSU Super Sunday takes place on three consecutive Sundays each February, during which CSU leaders including the chancellor, trustees, campus presidents and others speak at various churches across the state. They share with students, parents and community mentors information about preparing for college, applying to the CSU's 23 campuses, and obtaining financial aid. The program is part of a broader CSU African American initiative that includes summer algebra institutes, mentoring workshops and other ongoing educational efforts.
During a two-day festivity filled with pride and celebrations, Cal State L.A. will confer more than 5,500 bachelor's and master's degrees at this year's Commencement exercises June 11 and 12. The Friday 5 p.m. ceremony will honor graduates in the Charter College of Education; College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology; and College of Health and Human Services. The Saturday 8 a.m. ceremony will honor the graduates in the College of Arts and Letters; College of Business and Economics; and College of Natural and Social Sciences.
For details, see: http://www.calstatela.edu/commencement/.