Compiled by Times Researcher Michael Meyers

A weekly roundup of Southland graduation ceremonies. Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University’s School of Law and Graduate School of Education and Psychology held commencement ceremonies Saturday.

Frank Shakespeare (Holy Cross College, 1945), former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, spoke at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology’s commencement. Degrees were conferred on 360 graduates, with 222 receiving an M.A., 86 receiving an M.S. and 52 receiving a Ph.D. degree. From Shakespeare’s text:

“You graduates are doing the most important work there is, the transmittal of ideas. In times of great change, ideas become paramount. . . . When I was ambassador to the Vatican, I was struck with the true importance of ideas. The Vatican simply deals in ideas. It has no economy, no armies. Its existence is based on the free acceptability of the world’s peoples to the Vatican’s ideas.”


Utah’s Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Brigham Young University, 1959) delivered the keynote address to 217 juris doctor degree candidates. From his prepared text:

“When I see a country in which millions of citizens have access to only a few hundred lawyers, I see the blank face of totalitarianism and the absence of freedom. When, on the other hand, I see row after row of eager, knowledgeable new lawyers -- ready to join the thousands already engaged in debate and dispute as to the rights and privileges of their fellow Americans -- then I see the promise of our past and the hope of our future.”

The graduate school awarded honorary degrees to Shakespeare and Eleanor Kim Chow of the Montebello Board of Education. Hatch and California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian received honorary degrees from the law school. Charles R. Eskridge III was the law school’s valedictorian.

Southwestern University School of Law

Southwestern University School of Law conferred degrees on 277 graduates at its 75th commencement Sunday. Justice Armand Arabian (Boston University, 1956) delivered the keynote address and was given an honorary juris doctor degree. From his prepared text:

“The law is a profession, not an uncontrolled opportunity to fleece one’s pockets , and contrary to some quarters of popular belief and the depictions of the cartoonists, you do not serve as a mouthpiece or as a hired hand subject to the whim and caprice of a particular client.”

Pacific Coast University School of Law

Pacific Coast University School of Law held its 60th commencement Sunday, where Justice Armand Arabian also was the keynote speaker and recipient of an honorary juris doctor degree. Degrees were conferred on 10 graduates, and the valedictorian was Dr. Jonathan D. Lawrence.

University of Judaism

University of Judaism held its 40th commencement Sunday. Degrees were conferred on 33 graduates, with 12 receiving bachelor’s and 21 receiving master’s degrees. Moshe Lazar, professor of drama and comparative literature at USC, delivered the keynote speech. Honorary degrees were awarded to Lazar, Abraham S. Becker, professor of economics at UCLA, and Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino.

Looking Ahead

Cal State Northridge will hold its 32nd commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Friday. CSUN President James W. Cleary will deliver the keynote address.

* Cal State Dominguez Hills will hold its 24th annual graduation ceremonies at 3 p.m. Friday. Assemblyman John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara) will speak.

UC San Diego will honor Dolores and Bob Hope at its 37th annual commencement ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

* Biola University will hold its 80th commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday with Dr. Roberta Hestenes, president of Eastern College, delivering the keynote address.

California Baptist College will hold its 37th commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday with Dr. Gordon Kingsley, president of William Jewell College, as the keynote speaker.

* University of Redlands and its Johnston and Alfred North Whitehead Centers will hold their commencements at the Alumni Greek Theater on campus at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. Saturday.

University of La Verne and the University of La Verne Law School will hold their commencement ceremonies at Arnett Field at 4 p.m. Saturday.

* Cal Lutheran University will celebrate its 27th commencement at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with University President Jerry Miller delivering the keynote address.

Whittier College will hold its 87th commencement at 5 p.m. Sunday with Morris S. Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center delivering the keynote speech.

* Loma Linda University School of Medicine will feature Denis P. Burkitt, vice president of the International Christian Medical and Dental Assn., at 9 a.m. Sunday. Dr. C. Joan Coggin, associate dean for international programs at the School of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address for the School of Dentistry at 5 p.m.