2021 – The Year in Review at SJSU

by | Dec 20, 2021 | Campus Life

Photo: David Schmitz / San José State University

Spartan spirit carried us through another year plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic. From achieving outstanding national rankings and continuing our Olympic legacy at the Tokyo Games to President Mary A. Papazian reflecting on her tenure and resignation from SJSU’s presidency, 2021 was a year for the ages. It will be long be remembered as a time that showcased the great resilience, hope and adaptability of our students, faculty and staff. In this Year in Review, we look back at some of 2021’s many highlights before we usher in the new year and all the opportunities 2022 will bring.


College of Engineering Celebrates 75 Years With Events All Semester Long

Collage of the College of Engineering with a 75th Anniversary badge

SJSU Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering 75th Anniversary.

Other notables from January:


San José State University Ranks Among Top Colleges in the West for Diversity

Diverse students talking on SJSU campus

Photo: James Tensuan, ’15 Journalism / San José State University

Other notables from February:


SJSU Highlights Its Own Women Leaders in Celebration of Women’s History Month

SJSU Celebrates Women's History Month

SJSU Celebrates Women’s History Month.

Other notables from March:


SJSU Among Top Universities in U.S. in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

SJSU Tower Hall.

Photo: Robert C. Bain / San José State University

Other notables from April:


SJSU Hosts In-Person Photo Experience to Celebrate the Class of 2021

Spring graduation in-person photo experience 2021

Photo: Robert C. Bain / San José State University

Other notables from May:

Top Twitter post for 2021: SJSU appreciation post (May 7, 2021)


Inaugural Economic and Social Impact Report Shows SJSU Contributes $4.1 Billion to California Economy

SJSU Economic and Social Impact.

SJSU Economic and Social Impact.

Other notables from June:


SJSU’s Olympic Legacy Continues at Tokyo Games

A picture of 6 SJSU alumni who will be competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Seven SJSU Spartans will participate in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8. Not pictured: Coach Greg Massialas.

Other notables from July:


SJSU Welcomes Spartan Community Back With SJSU Together Campaign

Students posing in front of a colorful mural.

Photo: Jim Gensheimer / San José State University

Other notables from August:


SJSU Receives $1 Million Grant From Adobe as Part of Inaugural Anchor School Program

Tower hall on a sunny day with students laying on the grass.

Photo: Robert C. Bain / San José State University

Other notables from September:

Top LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram post for 2021: New U.S. News Rankings Place SJSU at Top of Many in the West (Sept. 14, 2021)

Three social media posts that highlight SJSU rankings with high engagement.

(L-R Social Posts) Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram.


Dr. Mary A. Papazian Resigns as 30th President of SJSU

President Mary A. Papazian.

Photo: Josie Lepe, ’03 BFA Photography

Related: Read President Papazian’s message regarding her resignation from the SJSU presidency.

Other notables from October:


Stephen Perez Selected as Interim President of SJSU

Stephen Perez.

Stephen Perez has been named interim president of SJSU.

Other notables from November:


San José State Hosts First In-Person Commencement Ceremonies Since 2019

Graduates inside the event center and graduates posing with president papazian.

Photo: David Schmitz / San José State University

Other notables from December:

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