Washington Square: The Stories of San Jose State University

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Storied Paseos

On any given day, students, faculty and staff members, and alumni flow through campus, perhaps not realizing that their paths are remarkable.

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Rising Above

Ada Lou Reed Duacsek learned to pilot a plane before she could drive a car. She never hesitated to pursue her passions—and gender equality—first in aviation, then in the U.S. military.

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Promoting Progress

Alumna Hideko Kunii made history in 2014 as the first woman appointed to the board of Honda.

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Reclaiming Roots

Native American student Joey Montoya helps indigenous youths reconnect with their traditional identity and share their voices.

Photo: David Schmitz

Commencement 2015

This year’s commencement speaker: Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the House of Representatives in the 114th Congress and congresswoman, California’s 12th District.