Alum Neda Nobari, Formerly of Bebe Stores, to Speak at SF State Commencement

Monday, April 24, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Nobari, who is also an alumnus, was the former director and vice chair of Bebe Stores between 1985 and 2006. She is scheduled to be the commencement speaker for SF State’s class of 2017 graduation at AT&T Park next month. Nobari is a philanthropist who donated $5 million last year for SF State to create a Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies. She also sits on the SF State University Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Neda’s journey as a teenager from Iran to California, and later to a successful career in the private sector, is an inspiring story for our graduates,” SF State President Les Wong said in a statement announcing her May 25 commencement speech. “Her background and her work on social justice initiatives are great examples of the possibilities of a higher education,” Wong said.