2017 Commencement: Ysabel Duron

(uplifting orchestra music) – Good morning

(crowd cheers) Good morning And welcome to San Jose State University’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony (crowd cheers) (crowd applauding) I am Andy Feinstein, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs It is my pleasure to open today’s festivities This is a joyous occasion and we share your excitement and pride To ensure that everyone is able to enjoy today’s festivities, we ask that all graduates remain in their seats throughout the ceremony Thank you Now, I invite you to rise as the San Jose State Air Force ROTC Color Guard presents the colors And please remain standing as Ms. Shaina Levin performs our national anthem (“The Star Spangled Banner” written by Francis Scott Key) ♫ O say, can you see ♫ By the dawn’s early light ♫ What so proudly we hailed ♫ At the twilight’s last gleaming ♫ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♫ Through the perilous fight ♫ O’er the ramparts we watched ♫ Were so gallantly streaming ♫ And the rockets’ red glare ♫ The bombs bursting in air ♫ Gave proof through the night ♫ That our flag was still there ♫ O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♫ O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave (crowd cheers and applauds) Thank you, Ms. Levin for that beautiful performance It is now my great pleasure to introduce the President of San Jose State University, Dr. Mary A. Papazian (crowd applauding) – Good morning It is a beautiful day Thank you, Dr. Feinstein and hello, Class of 2017! (clapping) Well, you’ve made it On behalf of San Jose State University and Spartan Nation, I want to welcome you, your families and friends,

our faculty and staff, and other guests to our 2017 commencement ceremony I am excited, and clearly so are you, as this is my first opportunity to celebrate commencement as your president But I know that my own emotions cannot possibly match yours Graduates, this is your day And after years of hard work and sacrifice, you most certainly have earned it The platform party seated behind me is here to honor and celebrate your accomplishments I would like to introduce them, ask that they stand when their name is called, and remain standing until all have been introduced, at which point we can give them a warm Spartan welcome And what that means is that you should hold your applause until all have been introduced Alumna, award-winning television news journalist, CEO of Latinas Contra Cancer, and today’s Commencement Keynote Speaker, Ysabel Duron Alumnus, business leader, philanthropist, Tower Foundation Board member and Honorary Doctoral Degree Recipient, Phil Boyce California State University Trustee, Steven Stepanek California State University Trustee, Larry Norton, Class of 1967 California State University Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Framroze Virjee Faculty member Christopher Cox, recipient of this year’s San Jose State Outstanding Lecturer Award Professor Persis Karim, recipient of San Jose State’s Outstanding Professor Award Professor Brian Belet, recipient of San Jose State’s President’s Scholar Award Outstanding Graduate Senior Award winners Fatema Elbakoury and Lauren Cordova Outstanding Thesis Award winners Mary Okin and Paul Zimmer San Jose State University Academic Senate Chair, Michael Kimbarow San Jose State University Alumni Association President, Coleetta McElroy Professor Nancie Fimbel, President of the Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association Andy Feinstein, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Reggie Blaylock, Vice President for Student Affairs Walter Jacobs, Dean of the College of Social Sciences Mary Schutten, Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Paul Cascella, Interim Dean of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education Michael Parish, Dean of the College of Science Dan Moshavi, Dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business Ping Hsu, Interim Dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering Lisa Vollendorf, Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts Thalia Anagnos, Associate Vice President, Graduate and Undergraduate Programs David Bruck, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Shaina Levin, who beautifully performed our National Anthem, thank you, Shaina She is graduating today with a Masters of Arts in Music/Vocal performance And finally, Associated Student President Hector Perea, Jr., who too, is graduating today with a bachelor of science in Business Administration with a focus on global operations manager Hector, you have been a steadfast, effective leader and partner this year I would also like to recognize two members of our faculty who are not on stage Professor Lui Lam, recipient of San Jose State’s Distinguished Service Award, who would have been part of the platform party but was unable to attend And Professor Ed Harris, who is here today in his customary role as band director, has been a prominent figure on campus and in our community for nearly two decades He is retiring after a 47 year career Dr. Harris, thank you so much Stand up please (applauding) And finally, I would like to welcome our own 27th District State Assemblymember Ash Kalra, viewing the ceremony from the skybox Hi, Ash And now everyone, now, you were good Let’s welcome our distinguished platform party, please (crowd applauding) Thank you and platform party, you may now be seated Graduates, families and friends, commencement is not just an opportunity to dress up in robes, although our graduates all look pretty great, don’t they? (crowd cheering) But I truly consider this is the most important

and sacred day of the academic year It is the moment that officially confirms the completion of a milestone that forever will impact your lives and the lives of future generations That is true for the 6,691 recipients of baccalaureate degrees, the 3,100 graduates being awarded master’s degrees, and the 27 doctoral degree recipients In all, San Jose State is granting a record-breaking 9,791 degrees Yes, that’s nearly 10,000 in all (crowd applauding) And graduates, you not only are celebrating an individual milestone You also are part of the largest cohort of graduates in the history of this 160 year old institution, the oldest public university in the West That too, is something to congratulate you for So let’s celebrate Nice big round of congratulations (all applauding) I also want to recognize members of the United States armed forces, both at home and abroad Some likely are watching this ceremony right now on our live webcast To all of them, please know that you are with us, you have our full support, and we look forward to your safe return home to your friends and families (applauding) And I would officially like to recognize the seven second lieutenants being commissioned in the Air Force today, having completed the requirements for the ROTC program Would you please stand and allow us to thank you? (applauding) Thank you You will hear a bit later from a very inspiring commencement speaker, so I intentionally will keep my remarks brief But I do want to leave our graduates and all celebrants with just one or two departing thoughts First, I’d like you to reflect for just a moment on how much the world has changed since you arrived here to begin your studies For today, let’s leave global and national politics aside Consider just the impact that technology, much of it discovered, refined, and deployed right here in our Silicon Valley backyard, has had on our lives One example, 130 years ago, Watson was a Sherlock Holmes character in the fertile mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Six years ago, Watson, an artificial intelligence asset from the IBM research lab, mastered the television gameshow Jeopardy And today, that Watson is helping cure cancer Many of you were only beginning to rely on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft when you arrived here And today, can we imagine life without them? And I won’t ask how many of you took one here I know a few did My point, very simply, is that your lives will change in ways that you can’t yet imagine And your San Jose State degree and the critical thinking skills you’ve gained from a caring, devoted faculty will help you navigate that 24/7, ever-changing, unimaginably fast-moving world Some of the those faculty members are with us today to celebrate with you Graduates, how about giving them a Spartan thank you? (applauding) A little louder for our faculty (crowd cheering and applauding) Thank you And it’s not just the world that’s changed during your time here Your university has changed, too For the better In about an hour, this will be your alma mater And there are plenty of reasons to be proud Very recently, San Jose State was ranked among the top universities in the country for fostering the upward social and economic mobility of its students We continue to be the go-to source of talent in Silicon Valley And if you’re carrying an iPhone and snapping pictures, and tweeting them out, remember, Apple employs more Spartans than it does graduates of any other college or university Period San Jose State consistently ranks among the nation’s top universities

for long-term economic rate of return for those earning degrees here This isn’t a sleepy commuter campus any more It is a rising, thriving engine of innovation and a critical asset to our city, our region, our state, our nation, and indeed, our world And you know, the California State University began here We are its founding campus And later this morning, you will join Spartan Nation, 260,000 living Spartan alumni from all walks of life, making a difference in all corners of the world And trust me on this, you will bump into fellow Spartans everywhere you turn Whether it’s your next job, your next school, your child’s school, your neighbor, or your church, mosque, or synagogue You can take tremendous pride in what you’ve accomplished I hope you’ll be just as proud of your alma mater And speaking of pride, no one is prouder of you than your families and friends And I’d like to be sure that we take a moment to recognize them So first, will all parents and guardians of graduates, please stand and stay standing I’m looking around in the stands I see you (graduates cheering) (applauding) Will grandparents of graduates please stand (crowd cheering and applauding) Will spouses and partners of graduates please stand (crowd cheering and applauding) Siblings of graduates, will you please stand? (crowd cheering and applauding) Children and grandchildren of graduates, please stand And finally, friends and guests of today’s graduates, please stand (crowd cheering and applauding) Okay graduates, it’s your turn I’d like you to join me in standing and thanking those who have supported you on your academic journey Give them a loud Spartan ovation (cheering and applauding) Thank you That was really great I think they heard you all the way to the main campus Now every graduate has a compelling story These are stories of grit, determination, and perseverance and they are what make us Spartans But I thought one graduate’s story deserved special mention In 1973, Jesse Musquez was completing his final requirements for a bachelor’s degree in mathematics A Vietnam veteran, Jesse had attended San Jose State on the GI Bill while working full-time to support his wife and two children, with a third on the way Then the death of his sister-in-law intervened His career and supporting and extended family including three small children became his priorities And he never got to walk with his graduating class At the urging of family, several of whom studied or worked here, Jesse Musquez decided that the time finally had come to celebrate his degree and to make the time to walk into this stadium that countless Spartans have made before him And here’s what his daughter Anna Martorana told us: my father is an example of the American dream We agree Jesse proudly made that walk this morning, with his adoring family cheering from the skyboxes Let’s give a warm Spartan ovation to mathematics degree recipient from the Class of 1973, Mr. Jesse Musquez Jesse, will you please stand? (crowd applauding and cheering) I cannot imagine a better way to conclude my remarks than with such a wonderful story Jesse, congratulations to you and your family You embody what it means to be a Spartan And graduates, I always will remember you, the first class at San Jose State on which I was blessed with the opportunity formally to confer degrees On behalf of the entire San Jose State community, congratulations (crowd applauding) I now would like to invite Dr. Reginald Blaylock, Vice President for Student Affairs, to present the two Outstanding Graduate Senior Award winners for this year Dr. Blaylock (crowd applauding) – President Papazian, this year we honor two graduating seniors who have combined academic excellence

and community service and leadership They are outstanding representatives of their graduating class and this university Our first recipient of the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award is Lauren Cordova Miss Cordova is graduating with a bachelor of arts double major in Behavioral Science and Sociology, with a focus on Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies She has been involved with the LGBTQ+ organizations since her freshman year, both at San Jose State University and at the University College Dublin, where she studied abroad in 2014 Between her leadership positions at SJSU’s Queers Thoughtfully Interrupting Prejudice, Peers in Pride and Peer Connections, and her work at San Jose’s LGBTQ+ Youth Space Speaker’s Bureau, Lauren has demonstrated her commitment to her fellow Spartans while maintaining a GPA of 3.86 Her research on underrepresented minority students in the College of Social Sciences, conducted alongside with Dr. Amy Leisenring, resulted in a paper which they presented at the Pacific Sociological Association conference in April 2017 Lauren will be attending the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Please join me in congratulating Lauren Cordova for her accomplishments at San Jose State University (applauding) Our other recipient of this year’s Outstanding Graduating Senior Award is Miss Fatema Elbakoury Miss Elbakoury is graduating today with a 3.97 GPA and a bachelor of arts degree, with a focus on Creative Writing, and a minor in Religious Studies Fatema’s work as a diversity advocate intern at SJSU’s MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, as a peer mentor through Peer Connections and as a Salzburg Scholar has enriched San Jose State University She offered workshops on feminism, Islam, whiteness, transphobia, mass incarceration and body image through the Cross Cultural Center Upon returning from Salzburg, she developed a workshop addressing complacency in the global world She represented SJSU at Harvard Divinity School’s Diversity and Explorations program and Northwestern University’s Community for Human Rights conference Miss Elbakoury was one of 47 scholarship recipients nationwide chosen by the Islamic Scholarship Fund in recognition of her work using the arts to shift the perception of Muslim Americans Please join me in recognizing Miss Fatema Elbakoury as one of two Outstanding Graduating Seniors from the Class of 2017 (applauding) I would now like to ask President Papazian to present the plaques and honorariums to our 2017 top seniors (crowd applauding) I would now like to ask Dr. David Bruck, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, to present the Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award winner for 2016-17 Dr. Bruck – Thank you President Papazian On behalf of the Graduate Studies and Research Committee, I am pleased to pronounce this year’s Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award winners Will Mary Okin and Paul Zimmer please come to the center of the platform? (applauding) Ms. Mary Okin completed her Master of Arts degree in Art History and Visual Culture in August of 2016 Ms. Okin worked for the San Jose State University’s Humanities Honors Program, became an SJSU Salzburg Scholar and helped develop San Jose State’s Cultural Showcase

during her time as a student She is also CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar and conducted summer research at UC Berkeley She won awards at the San Jose State and CSU in the CSU Research Competition Her master’s thesis “Uncovering ‘New Man’ Feminism: Arthur F. Mathews at the San Francisco School of Design, 1890-1896” is the first feminist reading of a 19th century California painter She is in her first year of doctoral study at UC Santa Barbara and is revising her MA thesis for publication Please join me in recognizing Ms. Okin as one of the two winners of the Outstanding Thesis Award for the Class of 2017 (applauding) The other recipient for this year’s Outstanding Thesis Award is Mr. Paul Zimmer Paul completed his Master of Science degree in Geology in December of 2016 He analyzed 27,000 cross-sections derived from Sierra Nevada bedrock valleys in pursuit of his master’s degree in geology, challenging conventional understandings of how glacial erosion modifies the shape of mountain ranges He developed his master’s thesis, “Assessing Glacial Modification of Bedrock Valleys in the Sierra Nevada, California, Using a Novel Approach,” by creating a new, semi-automated technique for extracting valley cross-sections from digital elevation models using custom scripts written in the programming languages of MATLAB and Python He used this approach to produce an unparalleled dataset and to validate a new method for quantifying the geomorphology of bedrock valleys Please join me in recognizing Paul Zimmer as an Outstanding Thesis Award winner (applauding) – Each year San Jose State University recognizes outstanding faculty for exceptional efforts in teaching, scholarship, and service And I am proud to recognize this year’s honorees for their great achievements The President’s Scholar Award recognizes established scholars or artists who have achieved national or international recognition based on the quality of their scholarship, performance, or creative activities The recipient of the President’s Scholar Award is Professor Brian Belet of the School of Music and Dance in the College of Humanities and the Arts Professor Belet, would you please stand? (cheering and applauding) Thank you The Outstanding Professor Award honors faculty members for excellence in educational effectiveness The recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award is Dr. Persis Karim, Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the College of Humanities and the Arts Professor Karim, will you please stand? (cheering and applauding) The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a professor who has demonstrated exemplary service in a leadership capacity to the university, community, or profession that brings credit to San Jose State University This year’s recipient, Professor Lui Lam, could not be with us today but let’s give him a round of applause (applauding) And finally, I am pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Lecturer Award, recognizing a faculty lecturer who has demonstrated excellence in facilitated student learning, an extraordinary commitment to students, and has made unique contributions beyond teaching The recipient of the Outstanding Lecturer Award is Christopher Cox, Lecturer in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in the College of Social Sciences (cheering and applauding) Professor Cox, will you please stand? He already is Congratulations (applauding) We now come to a unique moment in today’s program The California State University awarded its first honorary degree to President John F. Kennedy in June, 1963 Since that time, San Jose State has bestowed this extraordinary distinction to 37 very special individuals, each of whom has made extraordinary contributions to society This year, the Trustees of the California State University

and San Jose State University are proud to confer an honorary doctorate degree to SJSU alumnus, business leader, and philanthropist Mr. Phil Boyce (applauding) California State University Trustee Steven Stepanek will represent the CSU Board of Trustees in conferring this honorary degree And I would like to ask Trustee Stepanek to join me – Thank you President Papazian Honorary degrees are approved by the Board of Trustees through a highly selective process in order to recognize excellence and extraordinary achievement in significant areas of human endeavor Nominees must be distinguished in their fields and must have demonstrated intellectual and humane values that are consistent with the aims of higher education and the highest ideals of the person’s chosen field On behalf of the California State University Board of Trustees, I hereby certify that the appropriate procedures have been followed in the nomination of this particular candidate by the California State University, San Jose State University, and also the Board of Trustees And now, I would like to ask President Papazian to officially confer the degree – On behalf of the California State University and San Jose State University, it is an honor for me to read the honorary degree citation: Philip R. Boyce has made significant contributions to Santa Clara County throughout his career as a banker, business leader, and philanthropist The contributions of his distinguished career represent the ideals of the California State University and San Jose State University Mr. Boyce graduated from San Jose State in 1966 with a bachelor’s in business administration In 1975, he founded Pacific Valley Bank, serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey counties Under his leadership as chairman and CEO, the bank grew to 1.4 billion in assets He served as chairman and CEO of Pacific Western Bancshares, the bank’s holding company, as it evolved into Western Capital Management and eventually merged with Comerica He has served as president of Boyce Associates since his retirement in 1994 A 1997 recipient of San Jose State’s Tower Award and distinguished alumnus from SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, Mr. Boyce has devoted his career to investing in and cultivating healthy communities As chairman of the board of the Valley Foundation, he helped establish a simulation nursing lab at SJSU’s School of Nursing and created an endowment to support the school, now known as the Valley Foundation School of Nursing Mr. Boyce has served in leadership capacities for dozens of Silicon Valley causes, including the Montalvo Center for the Arts, the Technology Center of Silicon Valley, the Community Foundation of Santa Clara County, the Hakone Foundation, the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, and Heritage Bank, among others He currently serves as director of Goodwill Industries International Through his commitment to giving back, Mr. Boyce epitomizes Spartan pride In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and dedication, the California State University Board of Trustees and San Jose State University are proud to confer upon Philip R Boyce the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (applauding) And ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the California State University and San Jose State University and by the authority vested in me by the State of California and by the Board of Trustees of the California State University, I confer upon Philip Boyce the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, with all of the rights, honors, and opportunities appertaining thereto It is the custom to invest those who have received academic degrees with hoods that designate the degree bestowed I would like to ask Trustee and proud Spartan Larry Norton to assist us in hooding Dr. Boyce Mr. Norton, would you please join us? (applauding) – I’d like to thank the university and university system for this great honor I am truly humbled When I started a number of years ago I never thought I’d have this kind of an honor but I very much appreciate it And I appreciate the fact that I had been able to be of some little help to our community

and especially here to the university I’d like to speak, first of all, to congratulate all you graduates Congratulations This is the start of your life Hopefully you have the tools now to move forward and be very special in this world San Jose State is the place where the moon shot started from and where all high-tech really originated here in this area And we’ve been through a bunch of metamorphoses over the years I’d like to speak to one thing for you as graduates and I’d like to congratulate you again, but may I suggest one thing I’d like to see that you hope all will give back to this community and to this university It’s been a pleasure for me since I graduated in ’66 to start at a very small amount by giving my time and eventually my treasure to the university and to other areas of community need I would highly recommend that you get involved I can’t tell you actually how much I appreciate, and more importantly, how much I have received from all the years of helping other people in our community You’re the next generation You’re the next three or four generations, actually And I would hope and I encourage you to all be very much involved your university It needs your help It needs your knowledge and it needs your wealth Thank you so much (applauding) – I am now privileged and delighted to introduce this year’s commencement speaker Ysabel Duron, a graduate from 1970 in journalism, is an award-winning retired television news journalist and founder and CEO of Latinas Contra Cancer A Salinas native, Duron was inspired to pursue a college degree by her mother, who worked nights in a cannery to help support her six children’s education Duron was a pioneering Latina broadcast journalist During a 43 year career, she covered regional, national, and international events, culminating in two decades as a Bay Area reporter and anchor Duron received a 1974 Emmy for her coverage of the Patty Hearst kidnapping and a Radio Television News Directors Association award for “The Child I Never Held,” a 1991 series about her reunion with a son she gave up for adoption while she was a San Jose State student Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1999, Duron covered her treatment and recovery in another award-winning series “Life With Cancer.” Struck by the absence of Latinos receiving similar care, she founded Latinas Contra Cancer in 2003 to provide education and support services to low income Spanish speaking cancer patients and families Dedicated to increasing Latino engagement in genetics testing and research, Duron works with UCSF, Stanford University, Georgetown University, and others In addition, she serves on the Institutional Review Board for All of Us Research Program and is active on a committee reporting to the National Human Genome Research Institute director Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming our commencement speaker, San Jose State University alumna, passionate healthcare advocate, and quintessential Spartan, Ysabel Duron (applauding) – I did order fog ’til 10 but I think I should have pushed the deadline a little You know, it’s really great to be here with you on this occasion It is, I think, one of the more important passages of your life I thank President Papazian for inviting me to speak with you today And I welcome her to the campus and I pray for a fruitful tenure for all of the time and space she will spend with you And I wanna congratulate the deans and the professors and the instructors who have been so much an important of your life So much an important part of you being where you are today And to Phil Boyce, recently honored here today who has been an engaged community leader over decades I remember doing stories with Phil when I was a child But he has been also an important person to this institution and I think it is really crucial and important that we all remember

that in some way we must give back And most importantly, congratulations to you Almost 10,000 graduates, a few missing today But all of you who have labored, who have stuck to it, who have given yourself a challenge and have met that challenge in spite of life getting in the way sometimes You have outmaneuvered the issues and the problems to set your eyes on the prize Now I stand before you here very frustrated because I had about five speeches in my head and there’s only so much time I have to give to you So I’m gonna talk to you in TV sound bites instead of a meta analysis You’re gonna get the frosting, not the cake When I wrote and discarded some of those five speeches my hope was to leave you with one take-away And something to which you dedicated your life’s purpose Because time is always of the essence, more so as we all learn to work in this super-duper, advanced, speeded up world Thanks in fact to the brilliant minds of the folks here in Silicon Valley We have moved in this half century from apricot pits to silicon chips and beyond So thinking of time and the tools that I use, I couldn’t make up my mind whether to keep track this way or this way The great thing about this one is it almost orders coffee So time if of the essence I also wanted to figure out how to write this fabulous script and I couldn’t make up my mind whether I should use this Does anybody recognize it? (crowd laughing) (crowd applauding) Maybe from 1965 you might It has its value Now it’s sort of a collector’s item I suppose I could use this You know this one, right? Or I could do something old fashioned (crowd clapping) Good ole yellow pad, right? Or I could use this One of the staples of journalists today What I’ve actually shown you is the passage of time driven by tech Society and technology have changed a lot since I walked this parade ground of Spartan Stadium for my graduation 47 years ago I know, I don’t look that old I’ve witnessed and reported on these tectonic shifts in our generational lifetimes From the boomers to the millennials to the Gen Zs All of us taking in information but using different tools from newspapers and TV, to Facebook and Twitter, which might be oh-so yesterday already, to Instagram and Pinterest, to the dark web The changes and the impacts that have manifested through these five decades and driven by the digital age in the past 20 years, we have seen increased opportunity and stress, magnificent discoveries in science and medicine, and it helped turn the tides of political struggle Think Arab Spring, Egypt, Facebook But these shifts have also put people at high risk, threatened economic stability for some workers, and turned our politics into a gotcha game As a society we can measure progress in terms of technology and yet over time the most important measure of progress has to with our humanity And we have not always been up to the task When I walked the hallowed halls of San Jose State after 1965 I was the only Latina in the journalism department (crowd cheering) My journalist buddies over there And maybe one of 300 Latinos on campus (crowd cheering) And in those days, only about 5% of Latinos graduated

across the country Now Latinos make up 7% of journalists in this country and about 15% of college graduates But I understand that the student body, there are 28% are Latino What a change and so necessary They comprise almost 40% of the population in this state alone The largest minority majority in the country yet some of these Latinos live in fear these days, staying away from school and they or their family one step away from deportation In fact in the state of Georgia, the undocumented are forbidden by law to attend the top five universities So they started an underground freedom school Much like blacks did back in the days of segregation An educated, diverse society is needed to address the problems of our times And even more so, even more so, it takes a well-informed society to see the issues ahead and begin to address them and address them in a humane way (crowd cheering and applauding) But, and this is my fear, and this is why I come to you with this presentation today, you must be able to see them through a clear lens of information and that means equality press Throughout the past half century, the reputation of the media and journalism has gone from the most admired to the most reviled, except of course Congress What went wrong? When did we go wrong? Why did we go wrong? Our fractured society reflected in the bubbles in which the public chooses to get its information was manifested in the election just yesterday in Montana A republican congressman, who the night before the election body-slammed a reporter and broke his glasses when the reported dared to ask him a question about healthcare reform And though the candidate was charged with misdemeanor assault in the hours to follow, he raised $100,000 He accused the liberal journalist of attacking him And in the face of that attack, a voter said the candidate was just the kind of person she could support and that the press deserved it When did media become the punching board for society’s ills? When did freedom of the press lose validity? When did this increasingly diverse society become so divided? These questions will need to be examined by you Because this is the world that you will have to participate in to lead and to find common ground The jobs for which you prepared and earned a degree only mark your skills They do not mark who you are, what you must become, or how and why you must lead When I walked out of San Jose State with that BA in journalism I believed that I had taken an oath to be responsible to the public, to cover it fairly, to shine its reflection in the mirror so it could decide if it, as a society, was doing things right And yes, consider how to do things better And I was part of that reflection As I believed it was also necessary for me as a Latina and a female to bridge stereotypes of sexism and racism To be sure that communities of color and ethnic communities got their fair share of news coverage That they were seen and heard That their beliefs and values and pain and grievance were also reflected in that mirror I was taught that journalism must be ethical That journalism served a greater purpose And through my 43 years in television I fought against the dumbing down of news content I’m convinced that news and information and knowledge, the facts are your friends They inform your life, your decisions, our policies, and the future you choose

for yourself and for your children And if you choose not to engage because life itself seems too preoccupying, you will find that somebody else has taken control over things that matter to you And then you have little right to complain Though society likes to think of itself as humane, time and this last election have shown us that we have not addressed basic grievances of many groups And that too parallels what the past 25 years that saw wide spread growth of the internet, the loss of journalism jobs, a diminishment of the quality of good journalism, a decline in access to important news as newspaper folded and TV went from information to infotainment And more and more of the public turned away in frustration or fury at the opacity of information and increase of sensationalism And of course, younger folks who looked at the net for their information couldn’t even be sure of the validity of that information And many didn’t bother to check I think that too many of us justify our disengagement by saying I don’t watch the news it’s only bad news There were growing trends that gave tabloids, rabid talk radio, and news providers the freedom to serve up what the people wanted to hear, reinforcing their beliefs and their biases rather than what they needed to know in measured, fact based, respectful conversation Some of this was done for political reasons Others were purely corporate greed as government regulation, and yes, it does make a difference, slowly moved from protecting the public airwaves for the public and gave over to more control of media to a deep pocketed few who absorbed networks, bought up cable, and consolidated newspaper and radio The internet grabbed our attention in the early ’90s but few could foresee how it and its offshoot industries have come to define through the inventions and social cultures that flowed from its development search engines like Google, cheap mobile communication, fast paced digital media bombarding our senses, and through it all we could not see how global exchange began to divide us Few could imagine that these tools would so sharply define and divide how we get our news, displace workforces, reshape the way we learn, as well as create opportunities for great good like the Arab Spring and the fight for democratic representation Or support great evil like ISIS and the struggle for men’s souls abusing the name of God in the pursuit of power and oppression The press and journalism has changed as I knew it and yet there are many good journalists who work hard against the tide of a superficial media leadership to keep you informed They too think of ethic and obligation That’s what institutions need to do more Foster the exchange of ideas Find our common concerns and our shared humanity Even in the midst of our differences to help all its students be better citizens of the world, we need you to be prepared to lead and engage and do what is right and humane Hillary Clinton said during her commencement speech yesterday at Wellesley, her alma mater, that we must all step up with open hearts and open minds instead of closed minds and clenched fists and to defend what we know is the best of our nature Stand up for truth and reason in private and in public Make defending truth and a free society a core value of your life and be sure you keep the media’s feets to the fire That they fulfill the obligation accorded them by the title journalist The press is not the enemy but it too needs checks and balances That is your job Equally important, you need the media They are the gatekeepers of your freedoms, your democratic institutions, your right to know You must protect a free and a fair press Not just the media but the world needs your compassion,

your curiosity, your hard work to be sure that this community, this society builds bridges and not walls We know the best society is the one that lifts all boats Down on the 7th Street, off the quad, and behind the tower on campus, 7th Street where we used to drive through, stands the statue of two young men Their clenched fists lifted in the black power salute Their protest at the 1968 Mexico Olympics for civil and human rights I was here when Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who made San Jose State a powerhouse in track and field made that history when the took a stand that day It got them banned from athletics and almost destroyed their future But to this day they say they don’t regret what they did In that moment they chose what was most important They chose dignity and their humanity, a struggle for equal rights, and opportunity and inclusion for brown and blacks, and Muslims who struggle even today It is the obligation of a free and a fair press to shine a light on those struggles A decision for those young men cemented not in glory and fame but it morality and ethics There were many who showed no comprehension for the actions of Tommie Smith and John Carlos and that included the press But it is also the responsibility of you, the public, to be sure there is a press That good quality journalism thrives and that you both embrace and challenge the media We are in a struggle for the hearts and souls of man and how we choose to live with one another I was very distressed to hear that today in Italy the president has signaled to the G7 Summit as they discuss climate change that he’s gonna go home and think about it The president says via Twitter, he’ll let them know his decision in a few days But even worse, in that same summit in the media room his press office is refusing to talk to the American press while all around them media from other countries are talking to their leaders I encourage the deans and the professors who send out young journalists from this institution to remind those students that journalism is not a job it’s a career That journalism is not a stepping stone to stardom but a profound obligation to serve the public and to protect what we need to know and when we need to know it We all have to stand for something When you leave here today with an education you have the promise in your hands to improve your lives and the lives of others You toughed it out to get through school, you’ve shown you have what it takes to succeed, I expect a lot from you and I end it here because this is only the beginning of your story Thank you very much God bless you Please have a wonderful life (crowd cheering and applauding) – As many of you know, San Jose State University was California’s original teachers college For 160 years, this university has led the way preparing aspiring educators for careers in teaching, educational counseling, and academic administration Recognizing the need to prepare the next generation of K through 12 educational leaders, our Lurie College of Education in 2014 enrolled its first ever cohort of candidates for doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership, this university’s first stand-alone doctoral program Today, we are proud to confer Ed.D. degrees on the first doctoral candidates to complete this program I now would like to invite Provost and Senior Vice President Andy Feinstein to come forward and present the candidates – Thank you, President Papazian On behalf of the Lurie College of Education, I am pleased to present the candidates who have completed all requirement for the Ed.D in Educational Leadership Will the candidates and appropriate faculty members

please approach the stage? – Deanna Peck (crowd cheers and applauds) Her thesis title was Motivation To Persist: The Role of Hope, Academic Self Efficacy, and Sense of Belonging on First Generation Latin Ex-College Students and Their Intent to Persist Her hooder is Dr. Lisa Oliver (crowd cheering and applauding) Angela Renee Burns African-American Black Racial Tapestry, Black Adolescence Private Independence School Experiences and Racial Identity Development Her hooder is Dr. Jason Laker (crowd cheering and applauding) This is Terry Flora Title of his dissertation is Exploring the Role of Mentor Teaching Through a Co-Teaching Model In Secondary Teacher’s Beliefs, Practices, and Self-Efficacy Toward English Learners A Multiple Case Study He is hooded by Dr. Mark Felton (crowd cheering and applauding) Anna Elizabeth Ramirez Garcia Title of her dissertation is Latino Male College Students Identities, Psychological Stress, and Coping Mechanisms Her hooder is again, Dr. Mark Felton (crowd cheering and applauding) Clara Fernandez Title of her dissertation is Teacher’s Perceptions On Preparedness And Supports To Implement The English Language, Arts, Common Core State Standards She is hooded by Dr. Noni Reis (crowd cheering and applauding) Kerry Holmberg Her dissertation title is Formative Assessment For Middle School Mathematics Instruction: An Evidence Based Approach To Evaluating Teacher Pausing And Probing Moves She is hooded by Dr. Brent Duchor (crowd cheering and applauding) Betsy Fitch Her dissertation title is Standardized To Student Centered: A Systematic Approach To Navigating The Transition, Finding Balance, And Creating Equitable 21st Century Learning Environments She is hooded by Dr. Emily Slusser (crowd cheering and applauding) Blanca Baltazar Ceba The title is Fiscal Transparency In The Era Of California’s Local Control Funding Formula: A Study Of Funding Levels, Expenditures, And Student Achievement She is hooded by Dr. Emily Slusser (crowd cheering and applauding) Pamela Chang Professional Learning Community: Technology Integration In A Title One Elementary School She is hooded by Dr. Arnold Danzig (crowd cheering and applauding) Michael Painter Exploring A School Culture And Climate Where Students Can Flourish Using Stakeholder Focus Groups In An Alternative Education High School. He is hooded by Dr. Arnold Danzig (crowd cheering and applauding) Noralee Jaso Latina Latino Families With Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Children Of California Deaf Education Programs: A Community Cultural Wealth Perspective Hooded by Dr. Arnold Danzig (crowd cheering and applauding) Adrianna Rangol Preparing Critical K Through 12 Educators: Testimonials Of Social Justice Professors At California University Hooded by Dr. Arnold Danzig Manuel Jesus Nunez (crowd cheering and applauding) Implementing Project Based Learning In Urban High School Classrooms: Understanding Teacher’s Mindsets And Benefits To English Learners He is hooded by Dr. Ferdinand Rivera

(crowd cheering and applauding) – We now come to the moment in our ceremony when we have the opportunity to confer master’s and baccalaureate degrees I would like to invite Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Andy Feinstein to present the candidates for master’s and baccalaureate degrees – President Papazian, I first would like to present the faculty members of San Jose State University, who are here as representatives of the various departments of each college of the university, under whose instruction and guidance these students have studied Will all members of our distinguished faculty please rise (crowd cheering and applauding) Thank you, please be seated President Papazian, may I present Dr. David Bruck, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies – President Papazian, 3,100 students have completed their graduate degree requirements this academic year In addition to those candidates completing requirements for the master’s degree in the seven colleges of the university, Graduate Studies also supports the students who are candidates for an Interdisciplinary Study master’s degree Will all candidates for the Master’s Degree in InterDisciplinary Studies please rise It is my privilege to present them to you Thank you (applauding) – The Academic Deans will now present the graduate degree candidates from their colleges President Papazian, I would like to present Dr. Dan Moshavi, Dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business – Will those graduating with the degree of Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Science in Taxation, and Master of Science in Transportation Management in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business please stand (applauding) President Papazian, these candidates from the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business who are now standing represent the 155 students who have completed the requirements for a master’s degree this year It is my privilege to formally present them to you (applauding) – President Papazian, I would like to present Dr. Lisa Vollendorf, Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts – Hello out there Will those graduating in College of Humanities and the Arts with the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Music, and Master of Fine Arts please stand to be recognized (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, these candidates from the College of Humanities and the Arts who are standing represent the 89 students who have completed the requirements for a master’s degree in our college this year It is my privilege to present them to you I know I speak for all faculty and staff and for all of the family members here today when I say that we are proud of your achievements and we wish you well in the future Congratulations Please be seated (crowd cheering and applauding) – I would like to present Dr. Paul Cascella, Interim Dean of the Connie L Lurie College of Education – Will those graduating with the degree of Master of Arts from the Connie L. Lurie School of Education please rise (crowd cheering and applauding) (air horn blaring) President Papazian, these candidates from the Connie L. Lurie College of Education who are now standing represent the 294 students who have completed the requirements for a master’s degree this year They represent the future leaders in many California’s schools The college faculty and I are extremely proud of their accomplishments

It is my privilege to present the master’s degree candidates to you (crowd cheering and applauding) I have the privilege of also introducing those students from the Connie L. Lurie College receiving credentials from the State of California Will those students please rise (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, these candidates who are standing represent the 341 students who have completed requirements in California for a basic teaching or advanced services credential They will shape the future of education for generations to come The Connie L. Lurie College of Education has recommended for licensure: 139 Multiple Subject Credentials to elementary school teachers, (crowd cheering) 102 Single Subject Credentials to secondary school teachers, (crowd cheering) and 148 credentials in areas of advanced study and specialization, such as special education, school counseling, and educational administration The future of thousands of children will be shaped by your commitment to serve The faculty and I applaud your accomplishments It is my privilege to present the credential candidates to you (crowd cheering and applauding) – President Papazian, I am pleased to present Dr. Michael Parrish, Dean of the College of Science – Good morning Will those graduating with the degrees of Masters of Arts and Masters of Science in the College of Science please stand (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, these candidates from the College of Science who are now standing represent the 230 students who have completed the requirements for a master’s degree this year It is my privilege to present them to you (crowd cheering and applauding) – President Papazian, I am pleased to introduce Dr. Ping Hsu, Interim Dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering – Will those graduating with the degree of Master of Science in the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering please stand These candidates from the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering who are now standing represent the 1,323 students who have completed the requirements for master’s degrees in engineering this year It is my privilege to present all of these outstanding students to you (crowd cheering and applauding) – President Papazian, I would like to present Dr. Mary Schutten, Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and the Arts – President Papazian, before presenting the candidates for master’s degrees, I wish to recognize our fourth class to achieve the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree This is a joint program with CSU, Fresno, which this year has the honor of hosting the 19 graduates of the Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice While they are not with us today, we would like to take a moment to congratulate them on their accomplishments (applauding) Will those graduating with the degree of Master of Arts in Kinesiology, Master of Science in Justice Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Nursing, Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging, Occupational Therapy, Health Science and Recreation, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, and Master of Information in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts please stand (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, these candidates from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts who are standing represent the 838 students who have completed the requirements for a master’s degree this year On behalf of the faculty and staff, it is my privilege to present them to you (crowd cheering and applauding) – President Papazian, I am pleased to present Dr. Walter Jacobs, Dean of the College Social Sciences – Will those graduating with the degrees

of Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science, and Master of Urban Planning in the College of Social Sciences please stand (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, these candidates from the College of Social Sciences who are now standing represent the 167 students in 11 department who have completed the requirements for a master’s degree this year It is my privilege to present them to you (crowd cheering and applauding) – Will all of the master’s candidates please rise (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, these 3,100 students have completed the requirements for a master’s degree this year On behalf of the faculty, I recommend that you confer upon them the appropriate degrees (crowd cheering and applauding) – Candidates for the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Information, Master of Urban Planning, and Master of Biotechnology, on the recommendation of the faculty of San Jose State University and by the authority vested in me by the State of California and by the Board of Trustees of the California State University, I now confer upon each of you the master’s degree, with all the attendant rights, responsibilities, and distinctions Please follow the Faculty Marshals instructions so you can be hooded in the proper manner Congratulations to you all (crowd cheering and applauding) (uplifting orchestra music) One more round of applause for all of our master’s students

(crowd cheering and applauding) Thank you On a sadder note, nine of our students passed away this academic year, five of whom would have been members of the Class of 2017 The university has approved the conferring of degrees posthumously Mr. Omar Peraza, Bachelor of Arts in Biology Taowu Wen, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Melanie Tang, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems Miss Catherine Hyun Jung Yi, Master of Science in Biology Catherine’s family is with us today to recognize her achievement And it is an honor for me posthumously to confer the Master of Science in Biology degree to Catherine Hyun Jung Yi My Chief of Staff is presenting her degree to Catherine’s family who are sitting in one of the skybox suites (applauding) Mr. Karlos de la Torre, Bachelor of Arts in Television, Radio, Film, and Theater Karlos’s family is also with us today to recognize his achievement It is an honor for me posthumously to confer a Bachelor of Arts in Television, Radio, Film, and Theater to Karlos de la Torre My Chief of Staff is presenting his degree to Karlos’s family who are sitting in one of the skyboxes (applauding) I extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these students And I now invite everyone to please stand and join us in observing a moment of silence in honor of these graduates Thank you – President Papazian, we now will present the candidates for the baccalaureate degree (crowd cheering) Dr. Thalia Anagnos, Associate Vice President of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs, will present the students who have been accorded academic honors and the candidates for the baccalaureate degree with a special major Dr. Anagnos? – President Papazian, our students distinguish themselves in many ways during their educational careers Some of the outstanding undergraduates of the Class of 2017 have distinguished themselves by achieving a high scholastic average

throughout their years of undergraduate study We are pleased to recognize these honors students this morning Will those students who are graduating Cum Laude please stand (crowd cheering and applauding) This year 661 students are graduating Cum Laude, which means that they have achieved a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.5 in all college and university work, and in all work undertaken at San Jose State University Those students are wearing special honors medallion with a white ribbon Congratulations (applauding) Thank you, please be seated Will those students who are graduating Magna Cum Laude please stand (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, 336 students are graduating Magna Cum Laude, which means they have achieved a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.7 in all college and university work, and in all work undertaken at this university These students are wearing an honors medallion with a blue ribbon Congratulations (applauding) Thank you, please be seated Will those students who are graduating Summa Cum Laude please stand (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, we have 148 truly outstanding students graduating Summa Cum Laude, which means that they have achieved a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.85 in all college and university work, and in all work undertaken at San Jose State University These students are wearing an honors medallion with a gold ribbon Congratulations (crowd cheering and applauding) Thank you, please be seated Will the candidates for baccalaureate degrees with a special major please rise President Papazian, I am pleased to present the baccalaureate degree candidates graduating with degrees in interdisciplinary special majors who have pursued an individually designed course of study Today’s existing innovations are often at the boundaries between traditional disciplines and these students have chosen to invest their learning at such boundaries They will be innovators for years to come We look forward to their leadership as we work to improve life for our communities here and around the world On behalf of the faculty, I congratulate you and wish you well (applauding) – President Papazian, the Deans of the individual colleges will now present their undergraduate candidates for degrees To start the process, I am pleased to present Dr. Paul Cascella, Interim Dean of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education – Will the candidates from the Connie L. Lurie College of Education please rise President Papazian, the departments of Communicative Disorders and Sciences and Child and Adolescent Development are the departments in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education that offers undergraduate degree programs Therefore, it is my pleasure to present to you the 297 candidates who successfully completed all requirements for a bachelor of arts in Communicative Disorders and Sciences and Child and Adolescent Development These graduates join the more than 19,300 alumni from the Connie L. Lurie College of Education On behalf of the faculty, I wish you much success in your future endeavors Congratulations (crowd cheering and applauding) – President Papazian, it is an honor to present Dr. Michael Parrish, Dean of the College of Science – Will all candidates from the College of Science please rise to be acknowledged (crowd cheering and applauding)

President Papazian, I have the pleasure to present the 530 baccalaureate degree candidates from the College of Science, which includes the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Meteorology and Climate Science, Physics, and Astronomy as well as the University’s Nuclear Science facility, our Science Education Program, and the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories These graduates join the 19,200 alumni from the College of Science On behalf of the faculty, I wish you well Congratulations (crowd cheering and applauding) Please be seated – President Papazian, it is my pleasure to present Dr. Ping Hsu, Interim Dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering – Will the candidates for baccalaureate degrees from the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering please rise (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, on behalf of the faculty of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, it is my pleasure to present 879 candidates for the baccalaureate degree from our college They join more than 31,800 engineering alumni of this university who have been granted degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Aviation, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, General Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, and Technology On behalf of the faculty, I wish you all well Congratulations (crowd cheering and applauding) – President Papazian, it is my pleasure to present Dr. Lisa Vollendorf, Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts – Will all the baccalaureate candidates from the College of Humanities and the Arts please rise to be recognized (crowd cheering and applauding) Way in the back President Papazian, this is your college And on behalf of all of the faculty and staff of our college I have the honor to present 874 candidates for the baccalaureate degree in the nine academic units that comprise our wonderful college And those departments are Art and Art History, Department of Design, English and Comparative Literature, Humanities, Linguistics and Language Development, Philosophy, Film and Theater, World Languages and Literatures, and the School of Music and Dance These graduates join the 32,300 alumni from the College of Humanities and the Arts at San Jose State On behalf of all of our faculty and staff and everyone here today, I want you to know that we wish well in your professional endeavors We hope you give back to your communities in important and meaningful ways And most of all we hope that you remember that your education I Humanities and the Arts is grounded in the values of compassion and inclusivity that we hold dear at this university Congratulations to all of you Please be seated (crowd cheering and applauding) – President Papazian, it is my pleasure to present Dr. Walter Jacobs, Dean of the College of Social Sciences (crowd cheering and applauding) – Will all baccalaureate candidates from the College of Social Sciences please rise to be acknowledged (crowd cheering and applauding) We’re an enthusiastic bunch President Papazian, I have the honor to present the 1,341 candidates for the baccalaureate degree

from the College of Social Sciences (crowd cheering and applauding) Our majors include African-American Studies, Anthropology, Behavioral Sciences, Communication Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (crowd cheering and applauding) These candidates join the more than 33,970 alumni from the College of Social Sciences On behalf of the faculty, I wish you all well Congratulations (crowd cheering and applauding) – President Papazian, I am pleased to introduce the Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and the arts, Dr. Mary Schutten (crowd cheering and applauding) – Will all candidates for baccalaureate degrees from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts please rise and give a shout out (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, on behalf of the faculty and staff, I have the honor to present 1,184 baccalaureate degree candidates from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts These graduates join more than 55,700 alumni from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts The departments that are awarding the baccalaureate degree include Health Science and Recreation, Hospitality Management, Journalism and Mass Communications, Justice Studies, Kinesiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging, and Social Work In addition, seven students in the department of Aerospace Studies are receiving commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force On behalf of the faculty, I wish you well Congratulations (crowd cheering and applauding) Please be seated – President Papazian, I am pleased to introduce Dr. Dan Moshavi, Dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business – Last but certainly not least, will all students graduating with the baccalaureate degree in Business Administration please rise (crowd cheering and applauding) President Papazian, it is my privilege and pleasure to present to you the candidates for the baccalaureate degree in Business 1,582 (crowd cheering and applauding) have completed their requirements for the degree during the past year These graduates join more than 52,000 alumni from the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business These students represent concentrations in Accounting, Accounting/Information Systems, Finance, Corporate Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Human Resource Management, International Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Global Operations Management, Business Analytics, and General Business On behalf of the faculty and staff, I wish you well Congratulations (crowd cheering and applauding) – President Papazian, I am honored to certify that those men and women who have been presented by the College Deans represent the 6,691 students who have satisfactorily completed the requirements for baccalaureate degrees in arts or science at San Jose State University On behalf of the entire faculty, I recommend that you confer upon them the appropriate degree – Baccalaureate degree recipients, my warmest congratulations to all of you May your pursuit of personal fulfillment bring you happiness and great success And now, will all members of the Class of 2017 who are candidates for the baccalaureate degree please stand (crowd cheering and applauding)

Members of the graduating class of San Jose State University, on the recommendation of the faculty of this university, and by the authority vested in me by the State of California and by the Board of Trustees of the California State University system, I now confer upon each one of you the baccalaureate degree appropriate to your program, with all the attendant rights, responsibilities, and distinctions Candidates, please move your tassels from the right to the left to symbolize the completion of your degree (crowd cheering and applauding) Congratulations, Class of 2017 (crowd cheering and applauding) We are offering every graduate a season ticket to 2017 Spartan football We want to see all of you back in CEFCU Stadium at our season opening game on August 26th Go Spartans (crowd cheering and applauding) You’re gonna be there, come say hi, please So I am pleased now to introduce Alumni Association President, Coleetta McElroy who has a special message for our graduates and newest alumni – Thank you, President Papazian Graduates, I am here on behalf of 260,000 Spartans to congratulate you on this momentous achievement It took grit, hard work, and resilience to reach this point in your life Your stories are part of the entire San Jose State story In everything you do, tell that story with pride Sharing your story can inspire other students who will follow in your footsteps You possess the power to change lives, use it Your fellow alumni are proud of all that you have accomplished and excited about what you’re about to do next And they want to help Remember that the Alumni Association can assist with career placement, networking, professional skill development You may be moving on, but you are eternally a member of the San Jose State family On behalf of the San Jose State University Alumni Association and our more than 260,000 graduates worldwide, congratulations Class of 2017 on your accomplishments Remember, the best is yet to come and go Spartans Woo! (crowd cheering and applauding) – Thank you. Miss McElroy I am pleased to call back to the podium Miss Shaina Levin, your fellow graduate, who will lead us in singing both choruses of our alma mater Please stand and join in the singing of “Hail, Spartans, Hail.” (Hail, Spartans, Hail) ♫ Hail, Spartans, hail ♫ Hail, gold, blue, and white ♫ We pledge our hearts and hands ♫ To keep our colors ever bright ♫ Forward we go ♫ We will not fail ♫ Sing to our Alma Mater ♫ Hail, hail, hail ♫ Hail, Spartans, hail ♫ Hail, gold, blue, and white ♫ We pledge our hearts and hands ♫ To keep thy colors ever bright ♫ Forward we go ♫ We will not fail ♫ Sing to our Alma Mater ♫ Hail, hail, hail

(crowd cheering and applauding) Thank you and graduates, we are finally there So I want to extend one last hearty congratulations to each of you Wonderful job and well done Thank you so much and thank you all for attending Thank you (crowd cheering and applauding) (uplifting orchestra music)