Media Advisory: SF State's 112th Commencement May 25

More than 20,000 will be on hand as University graduates record number of students

SAN FRANCISCO, May 20, 2013 -- More than 20,000 people are expected to gather to celebrate the largest graduating class in San Francisco State University's history at this year's Commencement on Saturday, May 25. Larry Baer, president and CEO of the San Francisco Giants, will deliver the keynote address.

The University will graduate a record 8,738 students during the ceremony. Student speaker Kathleen Downing will give remarks on behalf of the student body. Community leader and philanthropist Adele Corvin will receive an honorary degree from the California State University and SF State.

  • WHAT: San Francisco State University's 112th Commencement. Excellent photo opportunity.
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2013. Stadium opens to guests at 10:30 a.m. Processional begins at 12:15 p.m. Ceremony scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Cox Stadium, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco
  • WHO: More than 20,000 are expected, including faculty and staff, dignitaries, friends and family and 8,738 graduates clad in purple.

Media wishing to attend Commencement should register in advance by contacting University Communications at 415-338-1665 or


SF State is the only master's-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls nearly 30,000 students each year and offers nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies. The University’s more than 219,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.

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