Office of International Programs (OIP)

2014 International Student
Celebration of Achievement Reception
Friday, May 23, 2014

History of OIP's Celebration of Achievement Reception

In April 1994, a group of SFSU international students approached SFSU’s Office of International Programs and requested OIP’s help with organizing a special reception honoring and recognizing the many international students who graduate from SFSU each Spring. The students wanted to hold an event that would be more personal and individual than the university’s beautiful and large commencement ceremony and which would not only allow their fellow international students to assemble together as a group one last time to celebrate their graduation from SFSU but that would also allow them to invite an unlimited number of family and friends to celebrate with them. After carefully studying the students’ proposal and after a great deal of research, planning and preparation, OIP organized the first ceremony in May 1995 which was attended by 95 students and 300 guests.

At each reception, every student is presented with a beautifully prepared “Certificate of Accomplishment” by OIP, distinguished SFSU faculty and staff are honored for their contributions towards furthering the cause of international education at SFSU and a prominent member of the university’s faculty/staff delivers an eloquent keynote address.

Celebrating it’s 20th year, today’s “Celebration of Achievement” Reception has become a much cherished annual tradition which is eagerly anticipated by both SFSU international students and OIP staff each year!

Learn more about Graduation Ceremonies In Western Culture and SF State History

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Attend Celebration of Achievement Reception

Students who wish to attend the Spring 2014 Celebration of Achievement reception must RSVP by May 9, 2014. Students must arrive at the Seven Hills Conference CENTER, located on the west end of campus next to the "City Eats" Dining CENTER and across from Mary Ward Hall, no later than 10:45am on Friday, May 23 in order to check-in and confirm their attendance.

Certificates will only be prepared for students who attend the reception.

RECEPTION: OIP will host a FREE reception. Light refreshments and beverages will be served and all are welcome!

TRANSPORTATION: See transportation for more information

PARKING: Public parking is available in the main university parking structure (Lot 20) at a cost of $3.00/hr. ($6.00/max). Please see the enclosed campus map. Parking is also available along Holloway Ave. and Font Blvd.

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International Student Sash

In order to add a more colorful and international dimension to the reception, we would like to provide each graduating international student with the opportunity to purchase an “International Student Sash” by Visionwear International.

Each sash depicts the vivid colors of each country and displays the unique qualities of the national flags. Each sash also serves as a distinguished symbol of students' international study experience in the United States. Students may also wear their sashes at the University’s official commencement ceremony the following day on Saturday, May 24, 2014.

Sample sashes are on display at the Office of International Programs (Village at Centennial Square, Building C). Order sashes before Friday, May 9 to avoid rush shipping and handling charges.

Please note that purchase of a sash is optional. Students do not need to purchase or wear a sash in order to participate in the reception.

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Please feel free to bring your camera! There will be lots of opportunities to take pictures with your family and friends!

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Download Invitation and Student Information Sheet

- Invitation ( View Online | Download )  
- Student Information Sheet ( View Online | Download )  

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Student must RSVP by May 9, 2014 in order to assure that their names are printed accurately on the certificate. Please type your name as you would like it to appear on your certificate and indicate the number of guests who will accompany you.

This is a FREE event and admission tickets for your family and friends ARE NOT REQUIRED. You may invite as many guests as you would like!

Click here to RSVP

Faculty, Staff, and Special Guests please RSVP at Faculty, Staff and Special Guest Page

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Important Dates To Remember

  Description   Date
  Deadline to Order Your International Student Sash   Friday, May 9
  Deadline to RSVP   Friday, May 9
  20th Annual “Celebration of Achievement” Reception   Friday, May 23

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