SAN JOSE, CA – President Mary A. Papazian delivered the 2017 Fall Welcome Address to the university community at noon Aug. 24 in the Diaz Compean Student Union Ballroom.
Papazian invited the audience to reimagine how San Jose State prepares Silicon Valley’s workforce and embraces the role of the liberal arts in an innovation-based economy. Read her prepared remarks.
Academic Senate Chair Stefan Frazier opened the event and welcome attendees. The speech is an annual tradition marking the start of the academic year.
All students, faculty, staff, community members and the news media were invited to attend. The event was streamed live.
About San Jose State University
The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.
With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.
The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.