Activist, Physician Ramona Tascoe Named SF State 2018 Commencement Speaker

Friday, May 04, 2018
Photo of Ramona Tascoe near a lake

SF STATE NEWS -- Tascoe came to San Francisco State University to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. But as a result of her fearless commitment to her ideals, she also became an essential part of the University’s enduring legacy.

In 1967, Tascoe took part in campus protests that grew into the historic student strike of 1968, eventually leading to the creation of the College of Ethnic Studies. But before that milestone there were many intense confrontations — and in the midst of one of them, Tascoe became the first of the student protesters to be arrested.

“While she was a student here, Dr. Tascoe fought to make our university more broad-minded and inclusive,” said San Francisco State President Les Wong. “She’s gone on to make the world a better place as a physician and spiritual leader. She’s an alumna any university would be proud to claim, and I’m immensely pleased that she’s agreed to share her story with this year’s graduates.”