Commencement programs doubled as fans at the graduation at Forest Meadows Amphitheater on the San Rafael campus as temperatures approached the high 80s.
People looked for shade and hid from the sun under umbrellas as students marched onto the stage to "Pomp and Circumstance."
"Sit back, relax and enjoy the sun, as much as you possibly can," deadpanned university President Joseph Fink to the crowd and students, who were adorned in black caps and gowns.
Brown, a member of Dominican's Board of Trustees, delivered his speech to 310 graduating students.
"I thought it was the most exciting, fulfilling experience I could ever have to graduate. I also thought it was the end," said Brown, who then turned to the graduating class. "Graduates, it's just the beginning.
"I say, congratulations, you richly deserve this."
Overall 470 students graduated from the school, including 160 graduate students that had a ceremony Friday night. Dr. Eva Harris, a professor in the division of infectious diseases in the school of public health at the University of California at Berkeley delivered their commencement address. An additional 90 students are scheduled to graduate from Dominican's teacher credential program in June.
Brown, also wearing a gown and mortarboard, teased the graduates and their family and supporters.
"As I look throughout this audience, I can see fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, sisters, brothers, children, significant others, husbands, partners. I see some of everything," said the flamboyant former two-term mayor of San Francisco. "And now I know someone will be getting off the family payroll. I must say to the fathers and mothers out there who provided the resources for these fine graduates, forget it, you're not getting the money back."
Turning more serious, Brown said that graduates today have endless possibilities to change the world.
"This is a world where opportunities are virtually unlimited. Once Barack Obama crossed the threshold, we all know that everything is possible," he said to cheers. "You can be the beneficiary of the incredible change that he has brought. It means that everything you have acquired here at the university, you must use.
"Your fate and your opportunities are in your hands."
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