International Student Celebration of Achievement Reception

Friday, May 22 , 2015, 11AM - 1PM

Seven Hills Conference Center at San Francisco State University

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*SF State Faculty, Staff and Special Guests please click the Special Guests information page



History of OIP's Celebration of Achivement Reception











In April 1994, a group of SF State international students approached the Office of International Programs and requested OIP’s help with organizing a special reception honoring and recognizing the many international students who graduate from SF each Spring. The students wanted to hold an event that would be more personal and individual than the university’s beautiful and large commencement ceremony and which would not only allow their fellow international students to assemble together as a group one last time to celebrate their graduation from SFSU but that would also allow them to invite an unlimited number of family and friends to celebrate with them. After carefully studying the students’ proposal and after a great deal of research, planning and preparation, OIP organized the first ceremony in May 1995 which was attended by 95 students and 300 guests.

At each reception, all students who will be graduating from SF State and who will be earning their degree from San Francisco State University will be presented with a beautifully prepared “Certificate of Accomplishment” by OIP and a prominent member of the university’s faculty/staff delivers an eloquent keynote address.

Celebrating it’s 21st year, today’s “Celebration of Achievement” Reception has become a much cherished annual tradition which is eagerly anticipated by both SF State international students and OIP staff each year!

Learn more about Graduation Ceremonies In Western Culture and SF State History

Attend Celebration of Achievement Reception

Students who wish to attend the Spring 2015 Celebration of Achievement reception must RSVP by May 8, 2015. Students must arrive at the Seven Hills Conference Center, located on the west end of campus, no later than 10:45AM on Friday, May 22 in order to check-in and confirm their attendance.  Certificates will only be prepared for students who attend the reception and who will be graduating from SF State

RECEPTION: Light refreshments, beverages, and desserts will be served and all are welcome!

TRANSPORTATION: See transportation for more information

PARKING: Public parking is available in the main university parking structure (Lot 20) at a cost of $4.00/hr. ($7.00/max).  See campus parking at Parking is also available along Holloway Avenue and Font Blvd.

International Student Sash

In order to add a more colorful and international dimension to the reception, we would like to provide each graduating international student with the opportunity to purchase an “International Student Sash” by Visionware International.

Each sash depicts the vivid colors of each country and displays the unique qualities of the national flags. Each sash also serves as a distinguished symbol of students' international study experience in the United States. Students may also wear their sashes at the University’s official commencement ceremony later in the evening.

Sample sashes are on display at the Office of International Programs. Order sashes before Friday, May 8 to avoid rush shipping and handling charges.

Please note that purchase of a sash is optional. Students do not need to purchase or wear a sash in order to participate in the reception.


Please feel free to bring your camera! There will be lots of opportunities to take pictures with your family and friends!

Download Invitation and Student Information Sheet

  Invitation (PDF)  
  Student Information Sheet (PDF)  


Student must RSVP by May 8, 2015 in order to assure that their names are printed accurately on the certificate. Please type your name as you would like it to appear on your certificate and indicate the number of guests who will accompany you.  This is a FREE event and admission tickets for your family and friends ARE NOT REQUIRED. You may invite as many guests as you would like.

Click to RSVP

Faculty, Staff, and Special Guests please RSVP at Faculty, Staff and Special Guest Page

Important Dates To Remember

  Description   Date
  Deadline to Order Your International Student Sash   Friday, May 8
  Deadline to RSVP   Friday, May 8
  21st Annual Celebration of Achievement Reception   Friday, May 22

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