Latinx Heritage Month, historically known as National Hispanic Heritage Month, is celebrated throughout the United States between September 15 and October 15. Several dates this month mark anniversaries of independence for Latin American countries – including Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua – which is why Latinx Heritage Month begins in mid-September. This history serves as a good reminder of the vast diversity of our Latinx community.
Welcome to Fall Semester, San José State! It’s always a great day to be a Spartan, and it’s particularly great to see all of you here in person in this beautiful, historic venue.
I write to inform you of the decision letter from the WSCUC Accreditation Reaffirmation process. The commission has reaccredited San José State for six years through the spring of 2028 and is requiring a visit in the spring of 2025. I am anxious and excited to get to work addressing the recommendations of the Review Team and Commission.
I hope many of you had the opportunity to see Spartan success in action at one of our inspiring spring commencement ceremonies. We now have over 10,000 new alumni — with more than 7,500 graduates in spring 2022 and 2,500 in fall 2021 — proudly holding diplomas from San José State University.
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly three months since I joined San José State University as interim president. As I’ve very much enjoyed listening to members of our campus community and learning about this incredible university, it feels like a great time to offer a report of sorts on what I’ve observed.