San Diego State University – Imperial Valley Celebrates the 55th Commencement


San Diego State University Calexico


CALEXICO — San Diego State University – Imperial Valley Campus will be celebrating the 55th Commencement on Thursday, May 14, 2015 on the Rollie Carrillo Quad. The event begins with an invitational VIP Reception at 5 PM and the Commencement will begin at 7 p.m. Over 210 graduates will be participating in the ceremony. Their degrees include bachelors, teaching credentials and masters.

The commencement speaker will be Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.
He is one of our own from the Imperial Valley, a graduate of Calexico High School. The commencement and the speech will be live streamed on the SDSU-IV Website – – and will be posted on the website to be viewed at a convenient time.

Justice Cuéllar began serving on the California Supreme Court in January 2015.  His previous career was in public service, university administration, and legal academia, with a focus on administrative, criminal, and international law.  A full-time Stanford University faculty member from 2001 to 2015, he was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science before joining the judiciary.

Cuéllar also was Director of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Co-Director of the Institute’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and led university-wide initiatives on global poverty and on cybersecurity.

In the federal executive branch, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House (2009-2010), Co-Chair of the Presidential Transition Task Force on Immigration (2008-2009), and Council Member of the U.S. Administrative Conference (2010-2015), among other positions.

Cuéllar is on the boards of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Foundation, and leads the California judiciary’s Language Access Implementation Task Force.

A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Cuéllar began his career after law school at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Enforcement, and clerked for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  A naturalized U.S. citizen born in northern Mexico, he is a graduate of Calexico High School, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Law School.