“Heritage Day” celebrates 150 years of SJSU in the City of San José!

By Dr. Mary A. Papazian

Today, SJSU celebrates 150 years in San José!

The goal of SJSU’s move to the City of San José after its initial 13 years in San Francisco was for San José State to transform public education. Since then, we have made countless contributions—to our City, our state, our region, and our nation—that have stood the test of time and demonstrated our deep and lasting impact.
Just last week, SJSU’s Academic Senate approved a Sense of the Senate Resolution—presented by CSU Academic Senator Julia Curry and Professor Annette Nellen for the Executive Committee—which honors and celebrates SJSU’s 150 years in the City of San José.
We take great pride in SJSU’s legacy as the oldest public university in California and the founding campus in the California State University system. But as the Sense of the Senate Resolution clearly articulates, our history and legacy go far beyond that distinction.
Today, we are a comprehensive university that was recently lauded by Money magazine as the most transformative university in the entire country! The contributions our students, alumni, faculty, staff and others have made in the name of public education are endless and remain a great source of pride for Spartans everywhere.

To kick off the year-long celebration, today we are releasing the first in a series of videos that will explore our heritage and societal contributions but also look ahead to our future. I hope you will enjoy this video as much as I did:

Thank you for being a part of Spartan Nation. Here’s to the next 150 years in San José!

Dr. Mary A. Papazian