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Monday, January 26, 2015

SF State Graduates to Walk at AT&T Park

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 8:29 AM

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SF State has some high-end spending habits for a university with half-a-century old buildings that need more than a $200 million in repairs.

Last year, for instance, the state school made plans to construct a state-of-the-art science building and to refit the grimy Hunter's Point Shipyard with a sparkly new educational facility. It's also housed some of its college of business in a downtown center, with a luxury address on Market Street.

Although the administration's lavish taste is still apparent in its choice to host its upcoming graduation ceremony at AT&T Park, its proclivity to spend big money is not.

Counter-intuitively, the university is saving money by making the switch to host  graduation at the very fancy AT&T Park where the Giants have garnered multiple World Series wins. By not having graduation at Cox Stadium, the small campus arena that has for years hosted very cramped ceremonies, the university is saving $70,000. 

"Fitting out Cox Stadium to accommodate 20,000 people — including chairs on the field — is a huge undertaking," said spokesperson Ellen Griffin.

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The shift from the some 60-year-old stadium to the modern facility will cut the costs of preparing the stadium for thousands of attendees, including the video and audio equipment needed each year. AT&T park is already suited with those amenities. 

Undergraduate and graduate students will end (perhaps just a chapter of) their college careers together at the May 22 commencement, the first of its kind at the 15-year-old AT&T Park.

Let's see how many of the seats their families fill.

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