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May 2021 @State

Midnight Study Break Presents: A year in the making




This Aztec Nights has been a year in the making!


Join us for a trip down memory lane as we revisit our favorite quarantine hobbies. You’ll get your grub on with breakfast and dessert as we explore some 2020 food trends, unleash your inner plant parent, revisit your old Animal Crossing island, and explore some escape rooms!


There are tons of opportunities to win prizes throughout the night by entering our opportunity drawing, so throw on your nostalgia glasses (blue light, of course) and get in on the fun!


The May 8 Midnight Study Break is the last event on the jam-packed Aztec Nights spring semester slate. Hop on the Zoom and enjoy a little bit of fun before the final stretch of the school year.


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SDSU Commencement


SDSU Commencement Includes

In-Person Option at Petco Park


Congratulations 2020 and 2021 grads! Commencement is back with in-person ceremonies at Petco Park on May 25-27 for the San Diego campus — with a livestream. Graduates must be registered to attend. The campus also will have a virtual Commencement option.


The SDSU Imperial Valley Campus will have a drive-through “CARmencement” at the Calexico campus. The class of 2021 will have its ceremony on May 17, and the class of 2020 will have its ceremony on May 18.


Visit the SDSU Commencement website for more information.







Great news, Aztecs!


SDSU is planning for instruction and activities to be primarily held in-person this fall, with a majority of faculty and staff returning to campus along with students.


The campus announcement came after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state’s plan to fully reopen on June 15 if vaccine supply remains sufficient for Californians 16 years and older and if hospitalization rates are stable and low.


Mask-wearing will still be required in the fall.


Publication of the fall 2021 course schedule will move to May 10 from April 12 and fall registration will open on May 25, rather than April 19, in order to accommodate the change.


Continue to monitor the SDSU Flex website and the Office of the Registrar for more updates about the reopening plan.



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  • May 4: Trans & Gender Non-Conforming
  • May 4: Application deadline for Summer Undergraduate Research Match Program
  • May 6: Last day of classes for spring semester
  • May 6: APIDA Presents: Hometown Heroes
  • May 6: Punch the Stress Out
  • May 7-13: Final Exams
  • May 8-9: Baseball vs. San Jose State (3 games)
  • May 9: Asian Heritage Month: Sugar Painting
  • May 13: Aztec Nights Movie Series – “Baby Driver”
  • May 13: Thesis publication deadline
  • May 15: Asian Heritage Month: Story Time
  • May 17-18: SDSU Imperial Valley Commencement
  • May 18: Internship Search Strategies
  • May 21: Last day of spring semester
  • May 23: Asian Heritage Month: Tai chi exercise
  • May 25-27: Commencement for San Diego campus
  • May 27: Making the Most of Your Summer Internship
  • May 28: Asian Heritage Month: Movie Night

For more events and details, go to the SDSU Events Calendar.

For more academic dates, go to the Academic Calendar.

The schedule of athletic events is at

Find residence hall information at

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Featured Jobs

Looking for work? These employers are looking for you! photo of student talking to employer at career fair

Photo taken prior to 2020

Check out this month’s featured jobs and internships to explore your interests, jump-start your professional career or earn a little extra dough.

Could your career exploration and job search skills use a boost? Career Services has you covered with helpful workshops and events in May.

Please note: Career Services are virtual for the spring; go to for more information on events and appointments.

Have a story idea or a question? Contact Communications Services at

Vaccinations your way - walk in to Viejas! No appointment needed. see below for details


Everyone 16 and older is eligible for the free COVID-19 vaccine — and walk-in vaccinations are now available at Viejas Arena. Vaccinations will be required for the fall semester, so start building immunity with your first dose now and your second dose in San Diego or wherever your summer plans take you. Find your dose:


  • Walk in to Viejas Arena — no appointment needed — 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday
  • Make an appointment at Viejas Arena and other county sites in San Diego and Imperial counties:
  • Sign up at Ralphs, Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions, CVS, Walgreens or Rite-Aid.
  • Contact your primary care physician or other health care provider for an appointment.

Upload a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card through the HealtheConnect portal and you are automatically entered to win a $50 Starbucks gift card – 100 winners each month!


Join Celebrations for APIDA History Month

SDSU will celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American History Month in May.


The SDSU APIDA Resource Center is hosting a series of events to celebrate APIDA activism.


And you can immerse yourself in Asian culture at the SDSU Chinese Cultural Center as it celebrates Asian Heritage Month.


Learn how to sugar paint, come for story time, take a Tai Chi course or catch a movie.

Level Up for 21-22 with Summer School

SDSU is offering hundreds of online courses in five short summer sessions.


One summer course can put you back on track to graduate on time, open up time for an internship, job, student organization or study abroad next year or even lead to early graduation!


In addition to the three traditional sessions, SDSU has added an additional four-week and six-week session for a limited number of courses.


Registration is now open, and more students than ever before are eligible for financial aid.


Visit the Office of the Registrar website for a list of summer courses.

Paid Research for Undergrads in Summer Program

A new program matches undergraduates interested in research with faculty mentors through our Summer Undergraduate Research Program.


Gain valuable mentorship and research experience during the program period of May 24 - Aug. 19.


Apply by 9 a.m. May 4 using the SURP-match Google Form.


You Can Stop Sexual Violence and Support Survivors

Become an advocate to decrease sexual violence on our campus.


FratMANers and SISSTER are peer health education programs that raise awareness about sexual violence and the importance of violence prevention.


If you are a member of a campus fraternity or sorority, have earned or are in the process of earning 40 units and are available on Tuesdays from 4 - 6:40 p.m., you can earn up to two units while developing leadership skills and learning about real topics that matter.


Click to sign up for FratMANers and SISSTER
for fall semester.


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Cultural Center Graduations Set for May

Several of the university’s departments and cultural centers host graduation ceremonies.

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Final Assignment for 2021 Grads: Take the SDSU Outcomes Survey

In fewer than five minutes you can complete a step to graduation, share your future plans and be entered to win one of 10 $50 Amazon Gift Cards.


Tell us your Aztec experience by checking your SDSU email for your unique link to the SDSU Outcomes Survey. Deadline is May 19.


Latinx Residential Community Opens In the Fall for First-Year Student

SDSU is creating a residential learning community for first-year Latinx students living on campus that will open for the 2021-22 academic year. In partnership with the Residential Education Office, the Latinx Residential Learning Community will provide an exciting opportunity for Latinx students to explore and learn about identity, culture and racial justice issues.


SDSU Imperial Valley Gets Two New Degree Completion Programs

San Diego State University Imperial Valley and SDSU Global Campus are partnering to develop two new degree completion programs available beginning in the fall semester.


Imperial Valley residents interested in completing a bachelor’s degree in business administration or child development will be able to do so through a unique, flexible program.


The program is primarily delivered online and taught by SDSU faculty. SDSU Global Campus advisers will also provide on-site student services at SDSU Imperial Valley.