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SDSU’s Class of 2017 Ready to Graduate

San Diego State University will celebrate commencement May 12-14 for more than 10,000 graduates.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 11, 2017) — More than 10,000 San Diego State University degree candidates have the opportunity to participate in the university’s commencement ceremonies this weekend.

SDSU will host seven separate ceremonies from May 12-14 at Viejas Arena and one ceremony on May 11 at its Imperial Valley campus.

“Commencement is the highlight of our year,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. “We are proud of our graduates and all they have accomplished here at SDSU. Now they join our over 300,000 alumni who are innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. We look forward to seeing how they use their education to improve our region and our broader society.”

The College of Sciences will hold the largest ceremony, honoring 1,778 degree candidates. The College of Engineering will have the most intimate ceremony, awarding 849 degrees.

Standout Students

Among the standout students from this year’s graduating class is Anachristina Morino, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering on Saturday before becoming a full-time avionic systems integration and test engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Political Science graduate Courtney Dickson, who will accept her degree on Friday during the College of Arts & Letters ceremony, will work as an intern for the U.S. State Department this summer before attending law school in Washington D.C.

On Saturday, Christopher James Walker, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, will receive his bachelor’s degree in social work with an emphasis on youth development and mentoring. In the fall, he’ll pursue his master’s degree in social work.

Commencement schedule

Thursday, May 11
Imperial Valley Campus, 7 p.m., Rollie Carrillo Quad

Friday, May 12
College of Arts and Letters, 10 a.m., Viejas Arena
College of Sciences, 3 p.m., Viejas Arena

Saturday, May 13
Fowler College of Business, 8 a.m., Viejas Arena
College of Health and Human Services, 1 p.m., Viejas Arena
College of Engineering, 5:30 p.m., Viejas Arena

Sunday, May 14
College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, 9 a.m., Viejas Arena
College of Education and Division of Undergraduate Studies, 2 p.m., Viejas Arena

Each ceremony will be broadcasted online. Please visit SDSU’s Commencement website for additional information.

Parking and traffic information

SDSU will provide courtesy parking during commencement ceremonies at all main parking structures and lots. Campus visitors should be advised that the university expects Viejas Arena to reach its 12,414-person capacity during several ceremonies and alternate modes of transportation to campus are encouraged.

Honorary doctorates

Three distinguished SDSU alumni will receive honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from SDSU during the 2017 commencement ceremonies.

Andrea Skorepa (’71) will receive an honorary doctorate from the College of Arts and Letters at its May 12 commencement ceremony. Harold Brown (’59) will be recognized at the Fowler College of Business commencement ceremony on May 13, and Jack McGrory (’76) will be honored at the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts commencement ceremony on May 14.

SDSU has conferred more than 45 honorary degrees since 1963, when President John F. Kennedy received the first, a Doctor of Laws degree.

Top 10 degrees

The most popular degrees among this year’s graduates represent a wide variety of academic disciplines on campus. Here are the top 10 degrees of 2017:

No. 1: B.A., Psychology
No. 2: B.S., Criminal Justice
No. 3: B.S., Business Administration – Finance
No. 4: B.S., Kinesiology – Pre-Physical Therapy
No. 5: B.S., Business Administration – Marketing
No. 6: B.S., Business Administration – Accounting
No. 7: B.S., Mechanical Engineering
No. 8: B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies
No. 9: B.A., Economics
No. 10: B.A., Communication (Liberal Arts)

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its more than 36,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, internships and mentoring, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit

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