What Does it Mean to Be a Spartan?
For more than 160 years, shared qualities like creativity and adaptability have connected generations of Spartans. Our traditions, both new and established, also connect our dynamic community.
Show Your SJSU Pride
Every spring, new Spartans have the opportunity to come to campus to learn about all the wonderful resources that San Jose State has to offer, as well as how to complete the required next steps to enroll at SJSU.
New to campus and need directions to class or just have a question? Come by the "Ask Me" tables! Members of the SJSU staff, faculty and administration are available to help you find your way around campus and answer any questions during the first few days of the fall and spring semester.
The legacy of equity and social justice is a part of SJSU’s DNA. Every October, the campus honors this legacy, which includes the human rights protest by alumni Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games.
Earth Day/Sustainability Week
Gaylord Nelson, '39 Political Science, founded Earth Day. Today, sustainability is a core SJSU value.
Legacy of Poetry
Poets have found inspiration and community at San Jose State since Edwin Markham wrote "The Man with the Hoe." SJSU celebrates this lyrical legacy every spring.
Commencement is an honored tradition at all universities. At SJSU's spring and fall ceremonies, there's special element: the ceremonial mace. An ornamental staff or scepter, the mace is carried by officials as part of formal parliamentary or academic ceremonies. A gift from the Tower Foundation of SJSU, the university’s ceremonial mace was designed and created this spring by Art and Art History Lecturer Yvonne Escalante, ’13 MFA Spatial Arts. She found inspiration for the design in both SJSU history and the paths students take to reach graduation.