Student graduate from the University of Wisconsin in Madison Wisconsin in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy

Graduates of California State University East Bay in Hayward will once again enjoy the pomp and circumstance of graduation starting Thursday after two years of COVID-19 restrictions, university officials announced.

A ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021 is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at the Pioneer Amphitheater on the Hayward campus. Ceremonies for the class of 2022 will occur Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Cal State East Bay will hand out more than 4,000 bachelor’s degrees to 2022 graduates and more than 1,100 master’s degrees. Thirty-one people will receive doctoral degrees.

Three people — Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, sculptor Dana King and real estate developer and philanthropist Wayne Jordan — will receive honorary degrees during the university ceremonies.

Yamaguchi is a Hayward native and probably best known for winning the ladies figure skating competition in the 1992 Olympics. Four years later she started the Always Dream foundation to ensure low-income families have access to quality books.

King is a former award-winning journalist turned sculptor who recently completed a bust of a co-founder of the Black Panther Party Huey P. Newton. Newton’s bust is in West Oakland.

Jordan has been recognized nationally for his business, community and civic leadership. He has ties to Oakland.

The youngest to graduate in the 2022 class will be an 18-year-old and the oldest an 82-year-old. At the post-graduate level, the youngest will be 22 and the oldest 70. More than 100 graduates are veterans.

The following is the schedule for graduation ceremonies:

College of Business & Economics
Graduate Programs: Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Programs: Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

College of Education & Allied Studies
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: Sunday at 11 a.m.
Educational Leadership: Sunday at 1 p.m.
Educational Psychology: Sunday at 3 p.m.
Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism and Kinesiology: Saturday at 2 p.m.
Teacher Education: Sunday at 9 a.m.

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Art, Communication, English, Modern Languages & Literatures, Music and Philosophy & Religious Studies: Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Anthropology, Geography & Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Global Studies, and Liberal Studies: Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Criminal Justice, Human Development & Women’s Studies, and Sociology: Saturday at 5 p.m.
Political Science: Friday at 10 a.m.
Public Affairs & Administration and Social Work: Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences: Friday at 3 p.m.
Theatre & Dance: Saturday at 4 p.m.

College of Science
Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics & Biostatistics: Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Engineering and Computer Science: Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
Nursing: Saturday at 3 p.m.
Public Health: Saturday at 1 p.m.
Psychology: Friday at 5 p.m.

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.