Graduation

DREAMer approaches graduation

May 16, 2018 Life

At eight years old, Kenia Perez,  now 21, and her mother crossed the Mexican border to the United States in search of a new home in the perceived Land of Opportunity. At the time, Perez did not fully understand the significance of pursuing the supposed American Dream. It seemed more like folklore, like the stories ...

First in the Family

May 16, 2018 Life

After four years of hard work and perseverance, first-generation college student Esther Landaverde will proudly take the stage at SF State’s 2018 graduation ceremony where she will receive her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, with an emphasis in social justice and sustainability.    Landaverde was born and raised in Inglewood, California where she lived until ...

Why stay in the bay

May 15, 2018 News

The Bay Area, especially San Francisco, is getting more and more expensive. Many residents are fleeing from the high expenses to other parts of California and other states. The value of a bachelor’s degree is decreasing with each passing decade and won’t always guarantee a job that will allow someone to support themselves financially, at least ...

Future campus life: predictions from the graduates of 2017

May 17, 2017 Life

With the new Mashouf Wellness Center nearing completion and proposed construction plans ahead, future graduates reflect on their time at SF State while predicting how campus life may differ for future students. Student life is anticipated to shift if the new construction projects presented to the CSU Board of Trustees are approved. Specifically, there are ...

Question and answer with interim provost addresses the Graduation Initiative 2025

May 17, 2017 News

In an interview with Xpress, San Francisco State University Interim Provost Jennifer Summit sat down to discuss the CSU Graduation 2025 Initiative. The initiative aims to “raise attention rates, strengthen student learning and improve student experience at all levels,” according to the “Student Success and Graduation Initiative” website. The goal also includes getting 33 percent ...

Why my parents will not be attending my graduation

May 17, 2017 Opinion 1 Comment

My parents and I have always had a strained relationship. My mother met my father, who was considerably older than she was, and began to experiment with drugs. He was her way of rebelling against my grandmother after they emigrated from Mexico. From a mix of confusion, fear and drugs I was born to my ...

Senior softball pitcher takes career overseas

May 2, 2017 Sports

Many DII athletes say goodbye to their sport after college graduation, but not senior softball pitcher Megan Clark. Clark is spending her final days as a Gator preparing to take her athletic career overseas this summer. After recording her 36th win on April 9 against Sonoma State University, Clark surpassed Gator alumna Audrey Nauer (1990-1994) ...

Kinesiology department makes controversial change

April 26, 2017 Life

The kinesiology department at SF State is changing their Graduation Writing Assessment  Requirement, commonly known as GWAR, class from Kin 330, Becoming a Kinesiologist, to Kin 384, Research Methods, for the Fall 2017 semester. After a year of deliberation among faculty, a small change in the research methods course was submitted and approved by the ...

Advising initiative aims to speed graduation

October 19, 2016 News 1 Comment

SF State plans to hire an advising specialist this semester to help implement their initiative to increase graduation rates of current students. The California State University Chancellor’s Office has recently set new benchmarks for graduation rates. As part of the Campus Student Success Plan in SF State, the advising department is doing its part to ...

Commencement ceremonies are overrated

May 18, 2016 Opinion

It’s graduation day. You stand in line along with thousands of other graduating students, waiting to take the walk across the stage that marks the end of your college career. As Pomp and Circumstance swells, you wait for student after student to walk ahead in front of you, until it’s finally your turn–and all you have ...

I rushed through college and I regret it

May 18, 2016 Opinion

I may be a part of a small minority, but I don’t exactly want to graduate just yet. I spent my first year or so at SF State planning my transfer to another school. Like so many others, I realized shortly after moving here that this school didn’t offer enough classes, and more importantly, didn’t ...

Faculty sheds light on necessary changes to improve graduation rate

December 3, 2015 News

Critical improvements to SF State students’ academic progress may be in store as a group of faculty members under the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning presented their findings on student success in a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 2. in the J. Paul Leonard Library. As part of SF State’s plans to improve its six-year graduation rate from ...

SF State gives a Giant farewell to graduating class of 2015

May 22, 2015 News

Students donning purple caps and gowns filed into the the typically orange-laden AT&T Park Friday during SF State’s 114th Commencement ceremony. The ceremony was held at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, for the first time in SF State history. More than 30,000 people were expected to attend the graduation, according to SF State’s ...

Is the four year college degree a myth?

May 20, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

The Bible warned me about temptation, sin and most bad things in the world, but it didn’t warn me about the hell of trying to graduate college in four years. While I give my high school a lot of credit for preparing me for college, they didn’t give me a realistic view of what it ...

Graduation holds more meaning for latino parents

May 20, 2015 Opinion

With graduation right around the corner, it is important to keep in mind the people who loaned us a shoulder to cry on, who sent us reminders to keep going and who value our education more than we do — our parents. Like most immigrants, my parents came to the U.S. in search of a better ...

Prepare interview tactics for success

September 9, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

It doesn’t matter what your major, grades or career goals are: You will definitely be sitting at an interview sooner or later. You know the drill: fresh pressed conservative clothes, résumé in hand and arrive early. But still, there are many things our generation are still getting wrong in these interviews. The best way to avoid those ...

Vital steps for post-college success

September 3, 2013 Opinion 1 Comment

After four plus years of deadlines, all-nighters and books heavier than the Freshman 15, who doesn’t want to believe that they’ll score their dream job right when they step off that graduation stage? While it’s a great dream, the reality is that’s not likely to happen — at all. More and more college graduates aren’t ...

SF State graduation brings in thousands

May 25, 2013

[set_id=72157633700637480] More than 4,000 graduates attended SF State’s graduation ceremony, Saturday, May 25, 2013. Graduates and their friends and family gathered in Cox Stadium to celebrate. Guest speaker, Larry Baer, CEO of the San Francisco Giants, said this is the “greatest class ever.” Class of 2013 has more than 8,000 graduates. It is one of ...

Registration woes weigh heavy on returning students

May 24, 2013 Opinion

It’s that happy time of year, where many of us watch as our peers graduate and go off into the world and their future careers. No doubt, graduating is a tremendous accomplishment. It takes a lot of work, even some blood, sweat and tears at times. Something as simple as enrolling in classes necessary to ...

Queer Resource Center hosts first inaugural Lavender Graduation

May 24, 2013

[HTML1] Saturday May 18, 40 graduating students of SF State’s queer community, along with their supporting friends and families, gathered to attend the first Lavender Graduation at SF State. In light of the Associated Students, Inc. Queer Resource Center opening last fall, the inaugural ceremony, funded by ASI, was proposed by students to acknowledge and celebrate ...

Psychology graduates get alternative ceremony

May 20, 2013 News 1 Comment

The drama of the psychology department graduation celebration is finally at a close: Student Lea Lunden’s low cost alternative ceremony for psychology graduates is now nearly fully funded, helped along by a $1,000 donation from the California Democratic Party Chair John Burton. The alternative celebration slated for May 25 will cost $15 a ticket, and has ...

Intimate graduation ceremony draws families of Latino graduates

May 19, 2011

Excited chatter echoed through the hall as students, decked out in royal purple and gold caps and gowns, waited somewhat impatiently for their ceremony to start. The faint aroma of incense wafted from inside McKenna theater and the voices of excited family members and friends could be heard in the distance. The 31st annual Noche ...

Delicious dining options post-graduation

May 18, 2011 Life

For those students looking to celebrate after graduation with a delicious meal on their parents’ dime, Xpress has compiled this list of San Francisco eateries. Boulevard– A San Francisco staple for over 17 years, chef Nancy Oakes offers locally sourced new American cuisine in a belle époque elegant setting. Price range- $18-25 Hours- Mon-Fri 11:30 ...

Basketball star Dominique Hunter leaps to bright future

May 16, 2011 Sports

As Dominique Hunter ends her four-year basketball career at San Francisco State University, she is moving on to bigger and better things. Hunter, 21, played center and became a contributor for the Gators during her first year. She played in all games her freshman season, but most impressively she cracked the lineup and started in ...

Burden of rising costs not shared by all on campus

May 14, 2011 Opinion 1 Comment

As I glide through all the rituals that lead up to graduation, I am overcome with a sense of closure. I enjoyed the food in all my classes’ end-of-the-year parties. I turned in my last final, and I even paid the fee for submitting my grad application late. But there is one ritual I will ...