May 25, 2002
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San Francisco State University awarded degrees to its largest graduating class in history -- nearly 7,200 students -- during commencement exercises Saturday, May 25, in Cox Stadium.
U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who as minority whip is the highest-ranking woman ever in Congress, delivered the keynote speech.
Glendy Chan, a Presidential Scholar graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration, was the student speaker. While at SFSU, Chan combined her interests in accounting and German -- serving as an officer in Beta Alpha Psi, a national honor fraternity for financial information professionals and as president of the German Club. She also interned with Germany-based Deutsche Bank. This summer she begins full-time work for the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers
Chan and an outstanding student from each of the University's eight academic colleges, the Liberal Studies Program and the Master's Degree Program were invested with the academic hoods that signal their degrees (hood recipients pictured right with President Corrigan).
The University awarded an honorary degree doctor of humane letters to Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity International, which has brought homeownership to more than 500,000 people around the world.
In addition, the University awarded SFSU President's Medals to legendary jazz musician and humanitarian Vernon Alley, San Franciscan John H. Jacobs, one of the most influential figures in San Francisco's city planning and economic development over the last four decades, and Don Scoble, vice president of business and finance, who has served the University for almost four decades in a variety of positions. The University also honored broadcasting and electronic communications arts grad Peter Casey, the Emmy Award-winning co-creator and executive producer of "Frasier," as the 2002 SFSU Alumnus of the Year.
Harriet Miller, an 84-year-old grandmother, was also honored. Miller graduates with a special major degree in the psychosocial aspects of aging (pictured right with President Corrigan).
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