International Graduation Celebration

Each semester, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) recognizes the accomplishments of graduating international students at our bi-annual International Graduation Celebration. International graduates and their guests are invited to join us for this festive occasion. 

Six SJSU graduates in regalia celebrating outside on campus

Spring 2024 International Graduation Celebration

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM (short program begins at 3:30 PM)
Location: Student Union Meeting Room 4A/B (please note room change; not 1A/B as originally advertised)

Graduates are encouraged to wear traditional attire from their home country or their cap and gown.


Graduates, kindly confirm your attendance and guest count via this online form by May 17, 2024.

Program Agenda

3:00 PM   Doors Open, Mingling
3:30 PM   Welcome
Message of Congratulations 
Student Speakers
Special Recognition
Closing Words
4:00 PM   Enjoy the reception and activities
4:30 PM   Thank you for joining us!

Graduating International Students

The following information for graduating international students provides more detail about how to participate in the Celebration as well as other ways in which ISSS honors international graduates.
  • Celebration Registration Information

    ISSS is pleased to invite graduating international students and their guests to an in-person celebration!

    • Graduates, please register by the deadline noted above.
    • Guests are welcome to attend. Graduates, please indicate the number of guests when you register.

    Be prepared to upload:

    • 1 photo of yourself
    • A brief message for your fellow graduates or family (50 words or less)

    We will prepare a slide for each graduate who registers for the celebration and provides the information requested above. Please note that this slide is only for ISSS use and is separate from whatever your department or university commencement may be doing.

  • Apply to be a Student Speaker

    Each semester, one international graduate student and one international undergraduate student are selected to represent their graduating class at our Celebration. Interested students should apply via the online form by April 30, 2024. Selected speakers will be notified by May 2, 2024.


    • Must be graduating the semester that they are applying to speak
    • Must be in good academic standing (Grad Students: GPA of 3.0+; Undergraduates: GPA of 2.0+)

    Successful candidates will submit an application that…

    • Appeals to the interest and common experiences of SJSU international students
    • Demonstrates clarity of ideas (well-organized, clear message)
    • Demonstrates quality of content (thoughtful, creative, and original)
  • Not able to attend?

    We hope to honor our graduates virtually via our @SJSUinternational Instagram page. Here’s what you can do to help us recognize you:

    • Submit your slide information via the registration link above (just select “not attending”)
    • Share graduation photos on Instagram and tag us @SJSUinternational and we'll share it in our Stories
    • Pick up your graduation gift from ISSS (see section below)
  • Graduation Gift from ISSS

    ISSS is pleased to offer a small graduation gift to all international graduates. Gifts will be available for pick up at the following dates and locations:

    • At the Celebration event (see details above)
    • At ISSS during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM) between May 6-24, 2024.
  • Be Featured on Our Instagram

    Graduates can be featured on our Instagram in multiple ways:

    • Tag us on Instagram at @SJSUinternational and we’ll share your post on our Stories
    • When you register for the Celebration event, you’ll have the option of indicating if you want us to share your slide in an Instagram post. Provide your ID handle and we’ll tag you when it’s posted.
    • Not attending the Celebration event but want a slide? Just fill out the registration form and select the “not attending, but create a slide for me” option. Don’t forget to indicate that you want it posted on Instagram.
  • International Alumni Network

    The International Alumni Network (IAN) was established in 2021 and connects SJSU alumni around the world. Connect with IAN to learn more!

Contact Us

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One Washington Square
Student Union - CPGE
San Jose, CA 95192-0135

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9am – 4:30pm

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