San Francisco State University will hold its 114th Commencement exercises at AT&T Park. The ceremony, scheduled for May 22, will be the first college or university commencement to take place at the 15-year-old waterfront ballpark.
The new venue gives the university the potential to accommodate more graduates and guests than the on-campus Cox Stadium, a soccer and track-and-field facility built in the 1950s. More than 20,000 graduates, family, friends and others attend the ceremonies each year.
“Commencement Day is one of the most important milestones for our students, but in recent years it has become clear that the event has outgrown our current facility,” said SF State President Les Wong. “It’s important that we ensure family members and friends can be there to witness this special moment.”
The transition will eliminate the annual cost of readying Cox Stadium for a modern commencement ceremony, including preparing the track and grass field to host thousands of seated guests and installing temporary amenities such as video boards and an audio system, amenities built into AT&T Park.
The larger venue also means the university can hold the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies together.
“Nothing can describe the excitement you feel watching our graduates and their families gathering for Commencement. So many emotions are in the air: pride, joy, relief and anticipation. Our students have worked so hard – and many have sacrificed much and overcome great odds – in order to get to this day,” said Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Luoluo Hong.”
For more information about commencement visit http://commencement.sfsu.edu