National University

More than 4,000 Celebrate Sacramento Commencement

Alumnus Alan Sitomer serves as keynote speaker

More than 4,000 cheering friends and family filled the Sacramento Convention Center on Sunday, April 17, to celebrate the 347 National University graduates and credential completers comprising the Class of 2011. 

Interim President Patricia Potter remarked on the dedication and perseverance required of National University’s unique student body to achieve such a momentous milestone.

Celebrating the institution’s 40th anniversary this year, she noted that “National University was founded in 1971 for students exactly like you—students who were seeking something they couldn’t find at other colleges and universities.”

For 40 years, National’s mission has been to provide a new alternative to public universities and for-profit institutions of higher learning. “Each of you chose National University for a different reason, but all of you have something in common. You all see your education as a way to acquire knowledge and skills that will help you advance in a career with real meaning and value,” President Potter added.

Alumnus Alan Sitomer, (Master of Education 2003) served as keynote speaker. Recognized as an innovator in education, Sitomer was named California Teacher of the Year 2007. He asked the newly minted alumni to look within themselves to discover, “What do you want to be? Who are you going to serve? What will give your days meaning?” Sitomer encouraged them to, “Be bold, be daring, take this big day and go forge something beautiful with your life.”

The Class of 2011 enjoyed a well deserved feeling of pride and achievement as President Potter celebrated their accomplishments and welcomed them to their newest roles as members of a thriving 130,000 plus alumni community. She congratulated the graduating class and reminded them, “Your National University degree isn’t just a valuable symbol, it’s symbol of value.”