Fresno State president at investiture ceremony: 'Your future will be very bright'

The Fresno BeeMay 10, 2014 

More than 1,000 people, many of them children, attended Joseph Castro's investiture ceremony on Saturday at the Save Mart Center, where he was formally recognized as Fresno State's eighth president.

"I want today to be about our current and future Fresno State students, the next generation of leaders -- and your dreams," Castro said. Eighty percent of Fresno State alumni live in the Valley and are making valuable contributions to its communities, he said.

"We are now in a period of stability, renewal and modest growth," Castro said of Fresno State.

Castro also announced several large financial donations to the university. The amounts have not yet been made public, a spokesperson said.

One donation: A 25-year partnership with the family of William Lyles to support the Lyles College of Engineering.

"On the day after my appointment last year, Bill and I pledged to work together to support engineering at Fresno State so that it would produce more qualified engineers throughout the Valley," Castro said.

The other donation: Granville Homes' Assemi family pledging to support an expanded concert hall.

Castro ended his speech by reminding students "your future will be very bright" no matter how much money your family makes, if you do this: Work hard, tap into your talents and focus on a "life of meaning and service to others."

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