IR Major, Maria Jose Lozano Sanabria to Speak at Commencement

Author: Department of International Relations
May 20, 2019

Twelve outstanding graduates will be onstage at Oracle Park during San Francisco State University’s 118th Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 28, to represent their more than 8,700 peers in the class of 2019.

The honor is part of a longstanding tradition in which each of the University’s six academic colleges selects two students, one undergraduate and one graduate, for the honor of representing their classmates during the ceremony by wearing their college’s academic hood.

Two of the 12 honorees will deliver comments during the ceremony to their classmates and an estimated 30,000 friends and family members. More details about the ceremony are available at


Maria Jose Lozano Sanabria, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Maria Jose Lozano Sanabria moved to the United States from her native Colombia when she was 14. That experience as a child migrant informs the work and research she does today around migration policies. Sanabria served as managing director of the International Relations Journal as well as the project assistant for the College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ Social Science Alliance.

Her thesis on transformative justice in post-conflict settings explores methods of peace building and conflict resolution. Fluent in English, Spanish and French, she will attend the prestigious Sciences Po University in Paris for graduate school.

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