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At PDC, May is a month of celebrating many things such as graduation, the achievements of our students, the excellent work of our faculty and staff, and the ongoing support we receive from our friends and community organizations.

Graduates this year will have the opportunity to celebrate their success locally as well as with their peers in a larger commencement ceremony.

I congratulate this year’s PDC Outstanding Undergraduate Student, David Garcia-Tlahuel, who will be recognized at commencement. David will receive a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies, with dual concentrations in strategic communication and relational and organizational communication. David has demonstrated exceptional leadership and was very involved in student life at PDC.

The celebration of graduation is not only for the achievements of our students, but it is also a time to celebrate the great work done by our faculty and staff during the year. There have been so many great accomplishments this year, including the ITS Tech Talks, a two-day conference hosted by CSUSB’s Information Technology Services, where attendees heard from academics, students, staff, administrators and industry partners about their experiences in education, innovative pedagogies and research led Extended Reality (XR) projects to support diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching and learning spaces.

I’m happy to report that CSUSB is expanding the undergraduate social work program to the Palm Desert Campus beginning this fall. The program will accommodate cohorts of 28 students who will also complete their internships in the Coachella Valley.

PDC continues to grow, and we continue to hire additional full-time, tenure-track faculty. This fall, we will be hiring for hospitality management, nursing, and world languages and literatures.

You may have seen our recent ads in The Desert Sun and on social media celebrating our 35th Anniversary. We really wanted to highlight what makes PDC so special, including our accomplishments, facts about the campus, testimonials from faculty and alumni, and lots more. We are so proud of what this campus has become and we love sharing it with our community.

We’re also increasing our branding efforts by adding new indoor and outdoor signage, as well as improving our public space areas so students have better places to gather and study and feel a sense of school spirit and Coyote Pride while on campus.

We are so glad that we are able to add hundreds of students each year to our list of more than 5,000 alumni. Despite the many challenges the pandemic created, thanks to the support of our San Bernardino campus, our PDC staff and faculty, the PDC Advancement Board and our generous community, we continue to grow and be successful.

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