San Francisco State University's largest graduating class ever,
at nearly 8,000 students, to be honored at Commencement at 1 p.m. Saturday,
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SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs
VISUALS: Families, graduates from 117 countries to share congratulations
with hugs, kisses and tears; graduates decorate caps and gowns with
messages, flowers, cultural attire
San Francisco State University's 104th Commencement exercises.
About 4,000 students of the 7,832 graduates -- comprising the
University's largest graduating class ever -- will receive
their degrees before a crowd of 20,000.
Fong-Torres, a writer, broadcaster and journalist who has interviewed
of world-famous musicians and actors for stories
Stone and other magazines and newspapers over the last four decades,
will deliver the keynote speech.
Hotchkiss, chief engineer for the SFSU Urban Institute-based Whirlwind
Wheelchair International, will receive the President's Medal
for Service for his efforts to help people in developing countries
and repair low-cost, sturdy and highly mobile wheelchairs.
stores inc. founder and chairman Manny Mashouf is the SFSU Alumnus
of the Year.
Lee Scholtz, an economics graduate and community volunteer with plans
to become a high-school teacher, is the student
- Other standout students include: Jessica
Diane Jones, who, at 19 is earning
a bachelor's in English literature, is SFSU's youngest graduate
this year; Kathy Ryan Collis and James Valoria, a mother and son earning
their bachelor's degrees together; Lisa Yong Wu, a Chinese immigrant
who has already published chemistry research in professional journals;
and many others with inspiring stories and plans to make a difference
in the world.
Saturday, May 28. Procession begins at 12:15 p.m. in Cox
behind the Gymnasium on the SFSU campus (see attached map), 1600 Holloway
Ave. (at 19th Avenue), San Francisco. Commencement speeches begin at
1 p.m., and graduates throw their mortarboards in celebration at about
parking for credentialed media: located in front of the SFSU
Public Safety building on North State Drive (off Lake Merced Boulevard).
From the parking area, walk to the top floor of the parking structure,
then proceed southeast toward the main campus and Cox Stadium. Media
interested in covering Commencement are asked to contact the SFSU Office
of Public Affairs and Publications for media credentials. Please call
(415) 338-1665 prior to Commencement. Mult-box available. A transcript
of Commencement will be posted online shortly after the conclusion of
Commencement on May 28 at: www.sfsu.edu/~news.