California State University leaders, including Chancellor Timothy P. White, campus presidents, administrators and alumni, visited nearly 100 churches across the state Sunday to encourage students to pursue higher education during the 14th Annual CSU Super Sunday.

CSU leaders delivered an empowering message to congregants that reinforced the transformational nature of a college degree. Following each service, CSU campus volunteers provided prospective students and their families information about preparing for college including academic requirements and how to apply for financial aid.

At Antioch Church in Long Beach, CSU Chancellor Timothy White espoused the life-long benefits of a college degree and aspects of higher education unique to the CSU including affordability and campus support.

“Whatever your circumstances, age, or income, you can not only attend college—you can succeed in college,” Chancellor White told congregants. “CSU faculty, staff, students and alumni are ready to help you complete your degree every step of the way.”

Chancellor White also extended an invitation to students and their families to attend a work shop at California State University, Long Beach in March to learn about preparing for college entry exams and about the Early Assessment Program.

In his address to the congregants of Life Church of God in Christ in Riverside, CSU Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Loren Blanchard reminded churchgoers that the CSU remains committed to the well-being of its surrounding communities.

“The CSU does not end at the boundaries of our campus,” Dr. Blanchard said. “We are partners in the future success of your children and grandchildren, and this means we look forward to having an ongoing relationship with you.”

Since the CSU’s first Super Sunday in 2005, more than one million people have attended Super Sunday services. Super Sunday is one of many events supported by the CSU community to increase the preparation, retention and graduation of African-American students.

Outreach efforts and partnerships within underserved communities are key to the CSU’s work to improve completion rates and eliminate equity gaps through the Graduation Initiative 2025. Through the initiative, the CSU has established important strategies to improve success among students from underserved communities who continue to graduate at lower rates than their peers.

Recent data show the Graduation Initiative 2025 has been successful in narrowing the equity gap by 14 percent for underrepresented students of color and by 10 percent for students receiving Pell Grants. 

To learn more about how the CSU works with community partners to foster a college-going culture and eliminate equity gaps, visit our African American Initiative page.