2018 SDSU Georgia Convocation ceremony in Tbilisi


On September 19, 2018 SDSU Georgia hosted the official annual Convocation Ceremony to mark the start of the new academic year and formally accept first-year students to its programs.

The ceremony was attended by the 9th permanent President of SDSU, Dr. Adela de la Torre. The President addressed the SDSU Georgia freshman class and congratulated them on the beginning of their college career.

The event was also attended by 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 were special guests of the event.

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 exams into our programs,” said SDSU Georgia Dean Halil Güven. “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 of our new and current students in this academic year!”

Convocation is a special ceremony that brings new students and their families together with faculty and staff to mark the beginning of their academic journey. It also serves as a vehicle to instill core SDSU institutional values of scholarship, citizenship and leadership. In 2018, SDSU accepted 230 students into its internationally accredited American degree programs in Georgia.