College of Arts and Sciences Commencement

Saturday, April 22, 2023

The College of Arts and Sciences Commencement ceremony has concluded

The encore presentation will be available on this page for a limited time.


The Honorable Pete Aguilar ’01

Representative, 33rd Congressional District of California

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and
Commencement Speaker

Pete Aguilar represents the 33rd Congressional District of California. He was most recently re-elected in 2022. In the 118th Congress, Rep. Aguilar holds the leadership position of Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

Raising his family in the community his family has called home for four generations, Representative Aguilar understands the challenges that Inland Empire families face today. He started his first job at the age of twelve, working with his grandfather at the San Bernardino County Courthouse cafeteria. He then put himself through college with the assistance of student loans and federal grants, and later established a life in public service to give back to his community.

Representative Aguilar is a voice for middle-class families throughout San Bernardino County and prioritizes legislation that will nurture a more fair economy, where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. He is committed to policies that create jobs, support our students, reform our broken immigration system, and safeguard vital programs for seniors and veterans.

Representative Aguilar previously served as the Mayor of Redlands, where he earned a reputation for his bipartisanship and steadfast commitment to making his community a better place to live, work, and raise a family. He resides in Redlands with his wife Alisha and their two sons.

Danielle Dorotta wearing a shearling coat and dark shirt with gold necklaces. She is outside with palm fronds hind her.

Danielle Dorotta '23

College of Arts and Sciences Student Commencement Speaker

Danielle Dorotta ‘23 was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to California when she was two. She has been described as an exceptional student who excels in her academic pursuits.  In 2021, she transferred to the University of Redlands, where she decided to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in Spanish, hoping to make a difference in the lives of others as a speech-language pathologist.

While at U of R, she earned a mention on the Dean’s List each semester, and qualified for summa cum laude and NSSHLA honors. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in the fall with a goal to work in a medical or clinical setting, enabling her to touch the lives of others through this healing profession.

Faith plays a major role in Danielle’s life, and she attributes any success to the grace of God. Her parents have also continuously been an inspiration to her and she hopes to embody their hardworking, selfless character, as well as their hearts of service. She is extremely grateful to all the friends and family members who have supported her, and who have made an impact on her life during these past four years.

Danielle loves traveling, going to the beach, watching sunsets, and listening to music. During her free time, she also loves playing sports, reading, watching movies, playing piano and the guitar, and trying new things in the kitchen.

College of Arts and Sciences & Johnston Events

Pre-Commencement events


First Generation Recognition
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Orton Center
Please join us as we celebrate our First Generation students’ accomplishments. For additional information, contact
RSVP required


Lavender Recognition Ceremony
4 p.m.
Casa Loma
Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our LGBTQIA2S+ graduation candidates at the annual Lavender Recognition Ceremony. For additional information, contact
RSVP required

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2023

Students of Color Celebration
2:30 p.m.
Memorial Chapel
The Students of Color Recognition Ceremony provides the opportunity for students of color to celebrate in a more intimate setting. For additional information, contact
RSVP required

Commencement day events

Friday, April 21, 2023 


College of Arts and Sciences Senior Honors Convocation 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Memorial Chapel
Baccalaureate Processional Line-up 
Cap and gown required

10:30 a.m.
Hall of Letters, North Lawn

Baccalaureate 11 a.m.
Memorial Chapel
Legacy Medallion Ceremony
RSVP required
1 p.m.
Alumni House Lawn
Students of Color Recognition Ceremony
RSVP required
2:30 p.m. 
Memorial Chapel
Johnston Senior Commencement & Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Holt Garden

Saturday, April 22, 2023

College of Arts & Sciences Processional Line-up 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Casa Loma Parking Lot
College of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Ted Runner Stadium

Please note: For the comfort of all our guests, no smoking, pets, or emotional support animals are allowed at any event, whether indoors or outside.
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