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Oscar-winning producer Jonas Rivera to be SF State Commencement speaker »

SF State alum and Oscar-winning film producer Jonas Rivera returns to give the 2016 Commencement address 20 years after receiving his degree in film production.   



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Debate champions Aliyah Shaheed and Genelle Murray are photographed in front of the Malcolm X mural on the Cesar Chavez Student Center

SF State debate team, led by two African American women, continues run of successes by winning regional debate tournament for first time in its history in run-up to nationals.


Campus News

A photo of the SF State sign at 19th and Holloway avenues

An update regarding President Wong's meeting with students regarding the College of Ethnic Studies.



Associate Professor of Computer Science Kazunori Okada and Assistant Professor of Engineering Xiaorong Zhang in a lab with a prosthetic arm.

An interdisciplinary project from computer scientist Kazunori Okada and engineer Xiaorong Zhang is the first recipient of SF State's Ken Fong Translational Research award.



Ray Bandar and his bone collection

For California Academy of Sciences Field Associate Ray Bandar, art is in his bones.



"As a stage performer, [Prince] managed to pull together so many eclectic elements, a tapestry [of] incredible stage design, lighting, makeup. He was just a prolific and amazing figure.”

— Professor and Chair of Music Dee Spencer

Read more in the San Francisco Examiner


Student Success

Students in Guardian Scholars Program

Since its launch 10 years ago, SF State’s Guardian Scholars Program has helped 151 young people transition from foster care into college.



President Les Wong

President Les Wong has been named a member of the Committee of 100, a national group dedicated to promoting the achievements of Chinese Americans.



Luz Calvo (left) and Catriona Esquibel stand in their backyard

"Decolonize Your Diet," co-authored by an SF State faculty member, suggests adopting a traditional diet based on indigenous plants.



Bookshelf with books in a children's classroom

Professor of Special Education Pam Hunt will explore whether a promising reading program for students with intellectual disabilities is effective in general education classrooms.



Student from SF State ropes course program suspended in air

A ropes course run by SF State's Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism helps urban youth and others develop leadership skills.


Student Success

Photo of Christine Gonzalez

SF State graduate student Christine D. Gonzalez is one of the winners of a 2015 CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement.


Lots going on in the quad today. Aerial performances to mark 30th anniversary of Labor Archives and Research Center, annual Farm to Fork lunch, and Stress Relief Day. #SFSU