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Sacramento Bee Publisher Cheryl Dell to Deliver Commencement Address at Drexel University in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA, June 14, 2012

Walter Straub
Cheryl Dell

Sacramento Bee President and Publisher Cheryl Dell will deliver the keynote address at Drexel University's second commencement in Sacramento on Saturday, June 23 at the Crocker Art Museum as the university awards 110 graduate degrees.

Dell and entrepreneur Walt Straub also will receive honorary doctorates at the ceremony and join with 110 students receiving degrees from Drexel's Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento. Drexel Provost Mark Greenberg will award the degrees.

Several graduates from the Sacramento Center will also participate in commencement ceremonies in Philadelphia on June 15-16.

"Drexel is proud to have educated and mentored such an extraordinary group of working professionals," said Sandra Kirschenmann, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director for the Center for Graduate Studies. "We are very pleased to recognize Cheryl Dell and Walt Straub at our commencement. They are both great examples of leaders in business with distinguished records of accomplishment in their fields."

Dell, a native of Modesto who graduated from California State University, Sacramento, has been a leader in the newspaper industry throughout her 25-year career. Before taking the top job at The Bee, she was publisher of the Tacoma News Tribune and the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash. Dell is active on several boards, including the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), Valley Vision, Salvation Army and Inland Press Association.

"Drexel University is responsible for improving the lives of thousands of graduates over the years and it is now improving our community by enhancing educational opportunities in the Sacramento region," Dell said. "I look forward to joining the 2012 graduates as we celebrate both past and future successes and am honored by the award of this doctoral degree."

Straub, a member of Drexel's Sacramento Board of Advisors and a former member of Drexel's Board of Trustees, is a co-founder of Rainbow Technologies Inc. (now SafeNet Inc.), a computer and information security company. He became Director of SafeNet and was named the company's Chairman of the Board and CEO in 2006. Straub is currently Chairman of the Board at Vangard Voice Systems, a developer of voice software tools for mobile workforce and smartphone applications.

Straub received both a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in finance from Drexel University.

"It has been an honor and pleasure to have served on the Drexel Board of Trustees and to serve on the Drexel Sacramento Advisory Board. Over the past two decades, Drexel's education innovation has resulted in recognized excellence in undergraduate and research programs and a national ranking of its MBA program," Straub said. "When I was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 1993, our students were primarily from the East Coast. Today, Drexel's high quality programs attract students from every state and internationally. We have our graduate studies here in Sacramento and relationships with schools in Europe, Latin America and China. Since 1993, Drexel has developed a leading on-line education model e-Learning, acquired a Medical College and a Nursing College and founded a law school. Drexel has a strong vision of the future supporting the founder's vision of preparing students for productive professional and civic lives. I want to thank President Fry, Associate Vice Provost Kirschenmann and the Board of Trustees for conferring the honorary doctoral degree and encourage our 2012 graduates to volunteer and share their knowledge in their communities."

Drexel's Center for Graduate Studies is known as one of Northern California's most high-tech educational facilities. In its state-of-the-art classrooms, Drexel - a top-ranked, national comprehensive university - teaches five master's, one doctorate and one post-baccalaureate program that are designed for working professionals in the fields of entrepreneurial business, human resource development, higher education and public health.

Drexel has added a sixth master's program - MBA in Healthcare Administration - starting in September 2012.

For more information on Drexel's graduate programs in California, visit or call 888-389-3781 or 916-325-4600.