John Steppling Art Gallery on the SDSU Imperial Valley

 John Steppling Art Gallery on the SDSU Imperial Valley campus.

CALEXICO – San Diego State University will host a Virtual Commencement Celebration to honor Class of 2020 graduates at all of its colleges and campuses, including SDSU Imperial Valley.

The celebration will be held at noon Saturday, May 16, via livestream at, the commencement website and at SDSU’s official Facebook page. No registration is required in advance and SDSU welcomes alumni to tune in. 

Not a formal ceremony, the virtual event will be a spirited celebration of the Class of 2020 that will feature several guests, notable alums and highlights from the 2019-20 academic year. The celebration provides a chance for graduates to celebrate their accomplishments with loved ones and the entire SDSU community.

For SDSU Imperial Valley, the 2019-20 academic year stands out as extraordinary for reasons that extend far beyond changes that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. SDSU IV’s graduating class caps an academic year that saw unprecedented growth on the local campus. SDSU IV started the academic year with the largest enrollment ever and the largest spring semester enrollment. The campus, for the first time in nearly a decade, enrolled a class of full-time freshmen, according to the release.

SDSU IV’s Class of 2020 includes the first graduating cohort of Master of Science in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems. One of the Imperial Valley cohort graduates, Julie Crothers, is the top graduate for the entire SDSU nursing program. 

During the livestream event, bachelor’s degree candidates will have an opportunity to do a virtual tassel change. In March, SDSU announced it was postponing this year’s in-person commencement ceremonies until December. Graduates also have the option to postpone in-person ceremonies until May 2021.

In addition to the virtual event, SDSU invites the community, alumni and supporters to honor its grads by taking part in “SDSU Day.” To participate, simply wear red and black on Saturday, take a photo wearing the campus’ colors and post it on social media along with a congratulatory message to the Class of 2020 with the hashtag #SDSUDAY.  

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