World-Renowned Leadership Expert Among Speakers at University of La Verne 2013 Winter Commencement

January 28, 2013 by University of La Verne

With the New Year comes new beginnings and opportunities for success and celebration. On Saturday, Feb. 2, the University of La Verne will host a trio of ceremonies recognizing the initial members of the Class of 2013 as it celebrates its ninth annual Winter Commencement.

This year’s keynote speakers include Pomona Unified School District Superintendent Richard Martinez, renowned leadership expert/author and La Verne graduate Dr. Terrance Deal and La Verne Board of Trustees member and retired Black & Decker Regional Vice President Ray Skelton. All three ceremonies will be held in the university’s Sports Science & Athletics Pavilion, with scheduled starting times of 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

La Verne’s 2013 Winter Commencement honors undergraduate and graduate candidates from the university’s main campus, including those from the Campus Accelerated Program for Adults (CAPA) and students studying at regional campuses and off-campus programs overseen by the Regional and Online Campuses (ROC).

Due to limited seating, attendance is restricted to those provided tickets by the graduates or university officials. Campus parking is free, but attendees are advised to arrive at least one hour prior to the scheduled start. Parking on city streets adjacent to the university is regulated and will be enforced as posted. Additional commencement information is available by calling (909) 593-3511 ext. 4765 or online at

With a large number of eligible candidates expected to participate, this year’s schedule for Winter Commencement has been arranged as follows:

9:30 a.m.
Participants: Candidates participating in this ceremony are: Master and Bachelor students receiving their degrees from the College of Education and Organizational Leadership from: *Central Campus *ROC, *Bakersfield Teacher Education, and *ROC Centers for Educators.

Speaker: Richard Martinez is the Superintendent of Schools for the Pomona Unified School District. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from California State, Los Angeles. An alumnus, Mr. Martinez earned his Pupil Services Credential in School Counseling and an Administrative Services Credential from the University of La Verne. After working in law enforcement, Mr. Martinez decided that he would have more of an impact in the development of students by working in education. In his 23 years working in education, Mr. Martinez has served on many district, county and state committees in school leadership, urban education, diversity, safety, guidance and child welfare. He has presented at both the regional and statewide levels in the areas of district leadership, student achievement, school climate, parent engagement, school attendance, peer support, child abuse and gang awareness.

1:00 p.m.
Candidates participating in this ceremony are: Master students from the College of Business and Public Management at the Central Campus ROC, and La Verne Online.

Speaker: Dr. Terrence Deal is an internationally known expert on leadership and specializes in the study of organizations. He has authored 20 books, including Leading With Soul, a book that highlights one’s deeply personal journey to leadership, which has inspired thousands of readers since its publication more than a decade ago. He has also published more than 100 articles and book chapters on organizations, leadership, change, culture, symbolism and spirit. Dr. Deal has previously taught at Harvard University, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. Dr. Deal is a former Irving R. Meebo Clinical Professor of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He has served as a former teacher, principal and administrator, and has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Sociology from Stanford University. An alumnus, Dr. Deal earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1961 at the University of La Verne.

4:30 p.m.
Candidates participating in this ceremony are: Traditional Main Campus Bachelor students from College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Public Management, ROC/CAPA Bachelor from College of Arts and Sciences, CAPA Bachelor from College of Business and Public Management Central Campus Master from College of Arts and Sciences.

Speaker: Ray Skelton is a retired Vice President for Black & Decker and a La Verne Trustee. After graduating with a B.A. in English and Literature from the University of Michigan, he embarked on a successful business career. He has devoted his retirement to community and civic service, and is an active lay leader at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in San Dimas, working extensively with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Restorative Justice as a volunteer at L.A. County Detention Camps. Mr. Skelton and his wife, Katie, are parents of two sons who graduated from the University of La Verne in 2009.

*The university’s regional campuses include the Central Coast Campus in San Luis Obispo, the High Desert Campus in Victorville, the Inland Empire Campus in Rancho Cucamonga, the Kern County Campus in Bakersfield, the Orange County Campus in Irvine, the San Fernando Valley Campus in Burbank, and the Ventura County Campus in Oxnard. The University of La Verne also conducts classes through military residence centers at the Point Mugu Naval Air Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base.

University of La Verne ROC Statewide Education Clusters taking part in this event includes Bakersfield, Burbank, Long Beach, Modesto, Monterey, Newhall, Santa Maria, and Ventura.

For a more complete breakdown of ceremonies by ceremony and degree, please refer to:


EDITORS NOTE: Members of the media are welcome to attend any of the University’s 2012 Winter Commencement Ceremonies. Due to space limitations, all attending media (including photographers and videographers) are asked to contact the Public Relations Office prior to the event date so all necessary arrangements can be made. You can reach Public Relations Director Alisha Rosas at (909) 593-3511, ext. 4708 or by e-mail at

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