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Published by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
phone: 415/338-1665

Saturday, May 27, 1 P.M., Rain or Shine!

San Francisco State University's colorful 99th Commencement-a celebration of achievement

Great visuals: families from around the world; graduates who decorate their caps and gowns with balloons, sculptures, messages, flowers, etc.!

WHO: More than 4,000 graduates (of 6,539 total) and more than 20,000 in attendance will hear keynote speaker Cruz Bustamante, California's Lt. Governor and one of the top-ranking Latino elected officials in the nation. Rev. John P. Schlegel, president of the University of San Francisco, and David F. Selvin, noted Bay Area labor writer, editor, activist and educator, will be awarded honorary degrees and offer brief comments.

Other honored guests include: *Alum of the Year Robert Pasker, co-founder of Weblogic, Inc. Two months ago, Pasker and his wife, Laurie Pitman, also one of the founders of WebLogic, gave the University a $2.4 million donation, the largest private individual gift in the University's history. *Kouslaa T. Kessler-Mata, an Irish and Chumash and Yokut California Indian student from Albany, Calif., will be speaking on behalf of the class of 2000. Kessler-Mata has performed as a professional violinist and will attend the University of Chica go on a full fellowship to pursue a doctorate in political science.

WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 1 p.m., processional into the stadium begins at 12:15. Commencement program begins at 1 p.m. Keynote speech begins just after 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cox Stadium, behind SFSU's gymnasium. Campus is located at the corner of 19th and Holloway Avenues. Press area located at southwest corner of the stadium, next to the band shell.

DETAILS: The University will provide a pool feed for interested media. The pool camera will be trained on speakers only. Media will also be able to get onto the field for crowd shots and shots of the platform party.

NOTE: A transcript of all comments and digital images of speakers will be available for download online at immediately following the program.

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