What an honor it was to preside over SF State’s annual Commencement ceremonies this May. The sense of pride was palpable in Cox Stadium as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles raised their smartphones and cameras to capture a very special day for more than 8,400 graduates, so many of whom were the first in their families to earn a college degree.
At the close of the spring semester, I stood before these newly minted alumni and told them that there are no limits to what they can achieve if only they apply SF State standards of excellence to their future endeavors. After all, when you are a Gator you follow in some pretty impressive claw prints.
Consider computing trailblazers Stanley Mazor (attended ’60-’65) and David Walden (B.A., ’64). These distinguished alums, who joined me on stage to receive honorary doctorates, helped make it possible for me to write this message and e-mail my colleagues today. Mazor co-created the first microprocessor while Walden was a member of the team that developed the precursor of the modern Internet.
This issue of SF State Magazine contains many more examples of SF State people and programs changing the world — and thanks to a bold new initiative, we’re ensuring we will continue doing this for generations to come.
The University’s soon-to-launch comprehensive fundraising campaign — the first of its kind for SF State — will further strengthen our campus as a dynamic center of learning, research and community service. We aim to raise $150 million in six years — support that will not only enhance our ability to keep our programs among the best in the country, but also help students meet the growing expense of a University education. If the success of our Students First campaign is any indicator, I am confident we will put our collective foot on the gas pedal and zoom past our goal.
Readers of SF State Magazine are our closest friends and most engaged community members. You are the reason this issue overflows with good news — and the reason we can look forward to more good news to come. Thank you for your continued interest and support of this remarkable University.