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Media Advisory: San Francisco State University's 108th Commencement May 23

Morris Dees, Willie Mays and Jeffrey Tambor will be honored, give speeches


SAN FRANCISCO, May 14, 2009 -- San Francisco State University's Commencement on Saturday May 23, 2009, promises to provide inspirational presentations for 8,515 graduates and their guests. The exercises will include speeches by civil rights champion Morris Dees, baseball legend Willie Mays and actor Jeffrey Tambor.

Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will deliver the keynote address. Dees and former Giants player Willie Mays will each receive honorary degrees from the California State University. Jeffrey Tambor, a six-time Emmy nominated actor, will receive the Alumnus of the Year award. Vocal music major and College of Creative Arts hood recipient Jonathan Dauermann will sing the national anthem.



Excellent photo opportunity. San Francisco State University's Commencement exercises


Student procession begins at 12:15 p.m.; Ceremony begins at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2009


Cox Stadium, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue), San Francisco.


Faculty, friends, parents and purple-clad graduates expected to total more than 20,000.


Media wishing to attend should register in advance by contacting University Communications, (415) 338-1665.


SF State is the only master's level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin.  The university enrolls more than 30,000 students each year. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communications arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies -- the University's more than 140,000 graduates have contributed to the economic cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.



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