#798:  San Diego State College, Site of the First Doctorate Degree Granted by the California State College System

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San Diego State University, entrance to service area of Cox Arena off Aztec Circle Dr



State Plaque


Info from San Diego State



Plaque Text:

San Diego State University

In 1960 the state legislature authorized the California State Colleges to grant honorary doctoral degrees to individuals who have made unusual contributions toward learning and civilization. On June 6, 1963 San Diego State College was the first of the California State Colleges to award the doctorate when it conferred a doctor of laws degree on John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with San Diego State University and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus, may 22, 1983.

Second Plaque:

"No country can possibly move ahead, no free society can possibly be sustained, unless it has an educated citizenry..." John Fitzgerald Kennedy, June 6, 1963

Dedicated in memory of Tony Richard Aguirre by his brothers

©2009 David Schmitt