Spotlight on 2013 California graduates

California commencement is Sunday, July 14, 2013 in Sacramento. To celebrate, we are highlighting a few of the upcoming graduates. Each participant was asked to write a response, in their own words, to the question “How has your Union Institute & University experience changed your life?”

Lieutenant Frederick H. Bobbitt, Jr.

B.S. Criminal Justice Management, 2013
Mark Dunakin Award Recipient
Fremont, California Police Department

During my law enforcement career, it was always a personal goal to complete my college degree. In November 2011, I submitted an interest card to Union Institute & University’s Sacramento Academic Center. Shortly after, I was contacted by Sandra Lee, director of admissions at the center. After about a two hour conversation, I enrolled in the Criminal Justice Management program.

After just two weeks into my first course at Union Institute & University, I was extremely inspired and motivated to complete my degree. In March 2013, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Not only did Union Institute & University assist me in reaching my educational goal, but it also assisted me in obtaining the rank of Police Lieutenant. My experience at Union Institute & University has continued to motivate me, as I am currently working on obtaining my master’s degree.


Lt. Frederick H. Bobbitt, Jr. started his law enforcement career in 1985 as a police explorer with the Fremont Police Department. In 1987, he was appointed to reserve police officer and in 1990 he attended Ohlone Community College while serving as a detention technician for Fremont’s city jail. He was appointed to Fremont police officer in 1997 and later advanced to detective, investigating robberies and homicides for eight years. In 2008, he was promoted to police sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division. Two years later he became a detective sergeant, supervising investigators in Fremont’s Investigative Division.

Lt. Bobbitt is the recipient of Union Institute & University’s Mark Dunakin Award for his extraordinary achievement throughout his undergraduate program. While deeply committed to his studies and earning a 4.0 GPA, he was promoted to lieutenant at Fremont Police Department. Lt. Bobbitt is an excellent student and well-respected in his career. He will be recognized at the 2013 commencement in Sacramento for his outstanding accomplishments.

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