Alliant Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2014

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- May 22, 2014 – Nearly 800 students across Alliant International University’s seven campuses are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the disciplines of psychology and mental health, education, business and management, international affairs, forensic studies, and law.

Mexico City

Commencement ceremonies for Alliant’s Mexico City graduates were held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at its Mexico City campus, where 43 students received their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Dr. Geoffrey M. Cox, president of Alliant International University, was the featured speaker. Dr. Cox, who has been president of the University since 2004, holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and has more than 30 years of experience in higher education as an administrator and teacher. He has served as vice provost and dean for Institutional Planning at Stanford University, and as director of Financial Planning and Budgets and associate provost at the University of Chicago.

San Diego

Commencement for San Diego and Irvine graduates is scheduled for Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. Nearly 500 students will receive their degrees in business and management, psychology and mental health, forensic studies, and education. These graduates represent more than 20 countries, including Japan, Turkey, France, El Salvador, Qatar, Israel, and China.

Eighteen students who received outstanding degree awards will be recognized, as well as recipients of the Dorothy L. Harris Award for Women, the F. Joseph Mcguigan Research Award, and the James Chipps Memorial Scholarship.

Dr. Louise Kelly, a professor of strategy at the School of Management at Alliant’s San Diego campus, will be the Commencement speaker. Dr. Kelly, who holds a PhD in strategic management from Concordia University, was voted Outstanding Professor at Alliant School of Management in 2013. Under her faculty leadership, Alliant’s chapter of the National Executive Board of the Academy of Management’s Sigma Iota Epsilon fraternity--which is dedicated to excellence and ethics in business as a professional practice--won chapter of the year three years in a row. Dr. Kelly is a co-founder of GlobalMind Center for Strategic Consulting, and her international scholarship and publications have led to her designation as an Outstanding Scholar by the U.S. federal government.

The San Diego celebration will adopt a long-held tradition from Alliant’s Los Angeles campus commencement ceremony by featuring “Voices of Diversity.” Five graduates will read a passage from Alliant’s mission statement in their native languages: English, Farsi, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.

San Francisco

On Friday, May 30, 2014, 136 students from Alliant’s San Francisco and Sacramento campuses, along with graduates of San Francisco Law School, will cross the stage. This ceremony will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA. Graduates will earn degrees in education, psychology and mental health, and law.

The commencement speaker for San Francisco’s ceremony will be Dr. Jei Africa, the director of the Office of Diversity and Equity for the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division. A native of the Philippines, Dr. Africa received his MA, PsyD, and Post-doctoral MS degrees from Alliant’s California School of Professional Psychology.

In addition to the valedictory address by San Francisco Law School’s Nicholas Goldman, for the first time this year’s ceremony will feature a student speaker from Sacramento. Rosie Lecharia Dunn, a graduate of the PsyD program from the California School of Forensic Studies, was selected for this honor by Alliant’s San Francisco and Sacramento chapters of the Student Government Association.  

Los Angeles

The Los Angeles commencement ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 102 students from this campus will earn graduate degrees in education, psychology and mental health, and forensic studies.

Like San Diego, the Los Angeles campus ceremony will feature the “Voices of Diversity” multicultural celebration during which members of the graduating class will read a passage from the Alliant mission statement in their native languages. Six graduates will participate in reading this passage in English, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, and Spanish.


Commencement ceremonies for 62 students from the Fresno campus will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Saroyan Theater in the Fresno Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Hilary A. Chittick, a judge in the Superior Court of Fresno County. Special recognition will also be made of Dr. Manuel Figueroa-Unda, a member of the Fresno PhD program faculty who is retiring from Alliant’s California School of Professional Psychology after years of valued service.

Congratulations to all graduates of the Class of 2014!