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San Francisco State University's 109th Commencement May 22

Lateefah Simon and Randy Hayes will give speeches, Japanese American alumni honored

SAN FRANCISCO, May 13, 2010 -- San Francisco State University's Commencement on Saturday May 22, 2010, promises to provide inspirational presentations for more than 8,000 graduates and their guests. The exercises will include speeches by civil rights activist Lateefah Simon and environmentalist Randy Hayes.

Simon, one of the youngest recipients of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the executive director of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, will deliver the keynote address. Hayes, founder of the Rainforest Action Network, will be honored as the Alumnus of the Year for his career as an environmentalist and filmmaker.

The University will also honor the 19 Japanese Americans who were attending SF State during World War II and denied college educations when they were assigned to internment camps. Surviving family members will represent these alumni at the Commencement exercises. Three of the four surviving alums will receive their honorary baccalaureate degrees at an earlier event.


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


WHEN:  Student procession begins at 12:15 p.m.; Ceremony begins at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 22, 2010


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


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

PLEASE NOTE: Media wishing to attend should register in advance by contacting University Communications, 415-338-1665.



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