Campus: San Jose State University -- May 4, 2004

Former SJSU President Robert Caret Named Speaker For SJSU's 147th Commencement

Robert Caret, former San José State University president, will return to campus as commencement speaker for the university's 147th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 29. Commencement will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the university's Spartan Stadium (at Seventh and Alma Streets), where an audience of about 25,000 students and their professors, family members and friends is expected.

Caret, who will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, served as president of SJSU from 1995-2003. He helped to develop the University's identity as the Metropolitan University of San José and the Silicon Valley, and encouraged partnerships between the university and the community.

While at SJSU, Caret developed a President's Scholars Program to recruit and retain the best and brightest students. In addition, he initiated the development of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, a project jointly funded, designed and co-managed by SJSU and the City of San José.

Caret is now President of Towson University, where he formerly served as a faculty member, dean, executive vice president and provost for 21 years before coming to SJSU. Like SJSU, Towson also defines itself as a metropolitan university, with a mission that includes teaching, research and public service.

Honoree

In addition, Yoshihiro "Yosh" Uchida -- longtime SJSU and world-renowned judo coach -- also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Uchida received his bachelor's degree in biological science from SJSU in 1947. During his career, Uchida coached the SJSU judo team to win an unprecedented 39 out of 42 National Collegiate Judo Association Championship titles. He also coached the first U.S. Olympic judo team that competed in the Tokyo games.

Recognized for his significant impact on the sport of judo internationally, Emperor Hirohito awarded Uchida with Japan's highest honor -- the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Golden Rays, in 1986. In 1992, SJSU honored him with the Tower Award, the university's highest award. In 1997, Spartan Complex West was renamed Uchida Hall in his honor.

SJSU Interim President Joseph N. Crowley will confer degrees upon candidates from the classes of August and December 2003, and May 2004, for a total of 4,778 bachelor's degrees and 2,408 master's degrees.

Contacts: Ron Bottini, 408-924-1166, rb@rb.com
Nancy Stake, 408-924-1166, ns@ns.com


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