SF State to hold 113th Commencement May 23-24

Around 20,000 family, friends and supporters are expected to be on hand as more than 8,400 graduates receive their degrees Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24 during San Francisco State University’s Commencement exercises.

SF State graduates on the field during the 2013 Commencement ceremony.This year, SF State is holding separate ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students. The graduate Commencement will take place on Friday, May 23 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, May 24. Both events will take place in Cox Stadium. Gates to the stadium will open at noon on Friday, May 23 and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24.

During Friday's ceremony, University of California, San Francisco researcher Rong Wang will deliver the keynote address. Diana Hernández Juárez-Madera, one of six graduate students selected for the honor of wearing her college's academic hood during Commencement, will be the student speaker.

Belva Davis, a pioneering journalist who was the first African American female television reporter in the West, will deliver the keynote address during Saturday's undergraduate ceremony. SF State alumni and computing pioneers Stanley Mazor and David Walden will be awarded honorary degrees. Business administration and marketing major Dana Anvari will be the student speaker; she is one of six undergraduate hood recipients.

More information about Commencement is available at http://commencement.sfsu.edu. Live updates and photos from the ceremonies will be posted to the University's Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. Graduates and their guests are encouraged to share their Commencement posts on social media using the hashtag #SFSU2014.


Keynote speakers

Belva Davis

Belva Davis helped change the face and focus of TV news when she was hired as the first black woman television-news reporter in the West. In a career that has spanned five decades, she has reported on some of the most important events of her era. Stories she covered included the Berkeley Free Speech Movement and anti-war protests, the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the onset of the AIDS epidemic and the 1998 bombing of the U.S embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Davis has won eight local Emmys as well as lifetime achievement awards from the International Women's Media Foundation and the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2013, she was awarded the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press.

Rong Wang

A native of China who immigrated to the U.S. for doctoral studies, Rong Wang is an associate professor and the Mildred V. Strouss Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Her state-of-the-art research investigating the key molecular regulators necessary for blood-vessel formation and function has resulted in groundbreaking discoveries that could lead to improved wound healing and tissue regeneration, as well as better prevention and treatment of diseases affected by abnormal blood vessels such as stroke, heart attack, peripheral arterial occlusion and cancer.


Student speakers

Dana Anvari

Born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Walnut Creek, Dana Anvari is the College of Business hood recipient. She found early success without a college degree, doing freelance graphic design and photography while working full-time in the banking sector. Anvari studied business administration with a concentration in marketing. She completed her undergraduate degree early, in fall 2013, and was able to transition directly into the MBA program. Her hope is to one day become a CEO.

Diana Hernández Juárez-Madera

Diana Hernández Juárez-Madera, who will pursue her doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University, is a winner of multiple SF State fellowships and has taught physics and astronomy to Bay Area middle-school students.


Honorary degree recipients

David Walden and Stanley Mazor

David Walden graduated from SF State with a degree in mathematics in 1964. While working at Boston-based Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc. (BBN), he was a member of the original, seven-person team selected to develop ARPANET, the precursor to the modern Internet. During his career, Walden has been involved in a number of Internet innovations as well as the nonprofit Center for Quality of Management, a collection of companies dedicated to sharing best practices in business.

A classmate of Walden's, Stanley Mazor attended SF State as a mathematics major from 1960-65, during which he learned to program the University's only computer. He left SF State to become a computer programmer and eventually joined Intel Corp., where in 1969 he and his colleagues designed and built the first microprocessor. Following his time at Intel, he began teaching, including at Stanford and Santa Clara universities. In 2010, President Barack Obama invited Mazor and two of his Intel colleagues to the White House to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Walden and Mazor were inducted into the SF State Alumni Hall of Fame in 1998.


More Commencement info:

·       Prepare for the ceremony by watching this Commencement FAQ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDsBq1r_8C8&list=PLzHrTCnecjqvFMur2VJLbEYz4YdqRTSyi

·       President Leslie E. Wong talks about Commencement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD4u5KCw3oQ&list=PLzHrTCnecjqslaI6K8oNm5QMY4k_FTo6Z

·       Learn more about the purple caps and gowns that make SF State graduates stand out at http://news.sfsu.edu/purple-pride-commencement-gowns-are-high-fashion

·       Find a gift with a Gator connection for your graduate at http://news.sfsu.edu/gifts-graduating-gator-2


-- Jonathan Morales