PALM DESERT – Graduation ceremonies might look a bit different at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus this year but it does not stop the university from making history.

Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus will award 421 bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees this spring – the highest number in the history of the campus.

Last year, the local Campus awarded 394 degrees. That number is expected to grow each year due to the continued popularity and growth of the campus.

“My sincere congratulations to the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Class of 2020 and their families,” Jake Zhu, dean of the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus said in a statement. “I am very proud of our graduates who arrived to the finish line during unprecedented times. They will always be part of the PDC family and I look forward to seeing their achievements and contributions in the future!”

Kameron Manshadi, who lives in Rancho Mirage and will receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing, has been selected as the Palm Desert Campus’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student for 2020.

This year’s commencement ceremony will be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The university’s goal is to recognize graduates with a traditional ceremony when it is safe to gather in celebration.

The CSUSB Campus in the desert offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in educational leadership, and teaching credentials and certificates. With more than 1,600 students, it is the Coachella Valley’s four-year public university and plays a vital role in educating and training the region’s growing population.

For more information about the CSUSB Campus in Coachella Valley, contact Mike Singer in the Office of Strategic Communication at or (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107, or visit the campus website by clicking here.

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  • CSUSB Graduation: Photo by Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB