Media Advisory: SF State celebrates Veterans Day this Friday, Nov. 8

San Francisco State University will celebrate Veterans Day on Friday Nov. 8, welcoming the public to an outdoor ceremony that will honor student veterans.

The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. when University of San Francisco’s ROTC color guard will post color, ceremonially raising the American flag. The winner of the SF State’s Voice competition, Nicole Jolene Gabel, will sing the national anthem, kicking off the celebration. Veterans Services Coordinator Rogelio Manaois will address attendees and act as master of ceremonies from 11:15 a.m. until approximately noon.

This year’s recipient of the Nancy Pelosi Scholarship, Ben Yang, will be honored at the ceremony. Yang is a kinesiology student and president of VETS@SFSU, a student group that provides social and academic support for veterans.

Friday’s celebration also marks the first anniversary of the VETS Corner, a communal space in Burk Hall with amenities for student veterans to study, socialize and host outreach events. VETS Corner will be open after the ceremony for refreshments and an opportunity to interview student veterans.  


WHAT: SF State’s Veterans Day Celebration

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 11 a.m. – 12 noon  

* Color guard – 11 a.m.

WHERE: Garden of Remembrance (between Burk Hall and Fine Arts) and the VETS Corner (Burk Hall 153-155), San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, Calif.

INFO: Directions to campus are available online. Media interested in attending the event or parking on campus please call, (415) 338-1665.



During the 2013-14 academic year nearly 1,000 SF State students identified as a veteran, reservists, or the dependent of a veteran. SF State’s commitment to helping student veterans achieve their academic goals is demonstrated by the work of the Veterans Services Center and the VETS Corner, resources that provide mentorship, career counseling, benefits assistance and more.

SF State is the only master's level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communications 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.