Watching so many of SJSU’s recent and current graduates walking the stage this week and contemplating all that has happened during their years on our campus has been inspiring. Though their stories are all their own, they intersect with my own SJSU journey, one I have reflected on while seeing the joy on the faces of graduates crossing the stage.
As we look ahead to upcoming commencement ceremonies and the anticipation we share with our current and recent graduates, we pause these next few days for a brief but welcomed holiday break. The extended weekend is, for many of us, a time to reflect, spend time with loved ones and express gratitude for what we have.
I am delighted to announce today that after thoughtful, in-depth discussions with students and other critical stakeholders, San José State University plans on hosting in-person commencement ceremonies this December for the first time in nearly two years. These ceremonies will celebrate both our fall graduates as well as those graduates from our 2020 and spring 2021 classes.
Graduation, as we all know, truly is one of the most important and revered times on the academic calendar. It is an opportunity for us to celebrate and honor our students for the completion of their studies and, for the graduates themselves, it is the realization of a milestone that they have worked toward their entire lives. This week, as members of our Spring 2021 cohort begin to reflect on their college years while making or even finalizing post-graduate plans, graduates will bask in well-earned kudos from family and friends on their achievements.
Recently, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released additional guidance specific to large events, raising hopes that in-person commencement ceremonies might be a possibility for SJSU graduates. After careful review of the revised California state and Santa Clara county guidelines, we are delighted to announce that a mix of in-person and online celebratory activities will be available this May to honor our Spring Class of 2021 graduates.