President de la Torre attends SDSU Georgia Convocation Ceremony 2018 in Tbilisi

2018-09-18

On September 19, San Diego State University (SDSU) in Georgia will host the official Convocation Ceremony to mark the start of the new academic year and accept new students to its programs.

The ceremony will be attended by the 9th permanent President of SDSU, Dr. Adela de la Torre. The President will address freshmen and congratulate them on beginning of their college career. The event will be also attended by the Vice Prime-Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure – Maya Tskitishvili, Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport – Mikheil Batiashvili, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires – Elizabeth Rood, Millennium Challenge Corporation Chief Operating Officer – Jonathan Nash, and Millennium Challenge Account – Georgia Chief Executive Officer – Magda Magradze. President de la Torre and a delegation of SDSU Deans from the Colleges of Science and Engineering will be special guests of the event.

Convocation is a special ceremony, which brings new students and their families together with faculty and staff to mark a new beginning. It also serves as a vehicle to instill core institutional values of scholarship, citizenship, and leadership. In 2018, SDSU accepted 230 students into its internationally accredited American degree programs in Georgia. The 4th cohort, like the previous one, is diverse: students from Tbilisi and all regions of Georgia are represented. 38% of the new cohort is female. SDSU Georgia continues attracting the top scorers from the National Exams (NAEC). “We have a record number of students engaged in our programs this year. Besides admitting such a large quantity of students, we enrolled 14 students with perfect scores in General Aptitude, Math, Chemistry, and English into our programs. I am thrilled that students’ interest towards STEM and SDSU is constantly increasing, both qualitatively and quantitatively. This is very promising for the future of Georgia. We wish success to all our new and old students in this academic year!” – noted Halil Güven, Dean of SDSU Georgia.

The history of SDSU began in the late 19th century. It is one of the biggest and most popular universities in California. SDSU, through funding from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation, offers internationally accredited Bachelor of Science programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in Georgia. “San Diego State University has established a strong foundation for STEM education in Georgia and the new students welcomed today have an opportunity to build on this foundation to create a better future for themselves and for this country,” said MCC Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash. “MCC is proud of the progress achieved through this incredible partnership with SDSU in Georgia, the government and partner universities and we are excited to see what comes next.”

SDSU Georgia graduates will receive an American degree. These programs will support the development of construction, science, and technology fields along with Georgia’s human capital capacity for economic growth.