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SF State was founded 118 years ago today in 1899! (Scroll through to see more photos.) It first opened as San Francisco State Normal School, a teacher training school and tuition was free. The second photo shows the university's first graduating class (1901). Photo three was taken after the school was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake, but it was up and running again 10 days later at a new location. And in photo four check out how much commencement ceremonies have changed since 1911. Happy Birthday, #SFSU!

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When you are a Gator, you follow in some pretty impressive claw prints. Meet just a few of our distinguished alumni who are making creativity and innovation happen across the globe.

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Mu Sochua
Politician | Activist

After studying psychology at SF State, this alum returned to her native Cambodia to fight for human rights.