Success Stories at SF State

Purple-clad graduate hoods on the field at AT&T Park at the beginning of the 2017 ceremony.

117th Commencement set for May 24 at AT&T Park »

San Francisco State University’s 2018 Commencement ceremony has been scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2018, at AT&T Park.



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Two students handle paintings in an art gallery.

Since 1967, Project Rebound has helped thousands of formerly incarcerated individuals navigate the process of getting into and graduating from college.


Student Success

Student Cameron Angelo poses with a statue

SF State students were awarded a total of $200,000 in the 2017-2018 academic year — which represents the highest number of Gilman scholarships of any university in the nation.



A student subject wearing a headset plays a virtual reality game in the Department of Kinesiology’s exercise lab while another student holds a clipboard and watches a computer monitor

The Department of Kinesiology is undertaking a first in the nation study on the relationship between virtual reality games and fitness.



Photo of US Army Private Benjamin Tollefson.

A new SF State film project featuring 12 student-produced shorts tells the stories of veterans interred at the San Francisco and Golden Gate national cemeteries.




“In a classroom I’m the professor, and so in some sense I’m the culture keeper. And one thing I try to do is shift the power dynamic and make sure students feel like equally powerful contributors to the place. I try to create spaces where we’re kind of together constructing a mathematical reality.”

— San Francisco State Mathematics Professor Federico Ardila, Quanta Magazine



Student Success

SF State MFA student Daniel Chein

SF State MFA student Daniel Chein has received the prestigious 2017 Princess Grace Award, a $28,260 scholarship that will allow him to complete his film about a dancer in Germany.


Student Success

Ben Feldman teaches students

The student-led Experimental College – started in 1965 when students wanted classes that were more germane to their lives – is getting a second act, with courses on topics from Chomsky to Syrian refugees.



BECA film students visiting Mexico

SF State Broadcast and Electronic Arts (BECA) students traveled to Mexico to make films about issues of accessibility and public transportation.



Sean McFarland in his studio at the Minnesota Street Project

View his lauded work at the Fine Arts Gallery on campus and Casemore/Kirkeby in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood.



Student puts petri dish in containment fridge

SF State biologists presented research at the Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium on their work to alleviate a chronic problem in health research: minority communities being left out of studies.



SF State Professor of Health Education Adam Burke stands in front of a bookshelf in an office at the College of Health and Social Sciences.

Researchers compare uses and benefits of mantra, mindfulness and spiritual meditation, with mindfulness practice considered “the soup du jour in terms of meditation,” says one expert.


What an empty campus looks like on a fall day! Campus is closed Thursday, Nov. 23-26. Happy Thanksgiving!  #sfsu #sfstate