June 30, 2023

As Stanislaus State President Ellen Junn’s era of transformative leadership and inclusive engagement draws to a close, the University’s various communities gathered to bid her a fond farewell during a series of celebrations.

Several events were held to honor Junn’s seven-year tenure as president, culminating with a Warrior Tribute farewell that brought together an array of individuals: Alumni, students, staff and faculty, donors, Foundation Board members, elected officials, friends of the University, mentors, family members and others. The month of June was punctuated by farewell events with each one reflecting a different facet of her extraordinary contributions at Stan State.

The celebrations kicked off with an alumni event held in the University’s outdoor Quad where former students gathered to recognize Junn. The following week, the spotlight shifted to the Stockton Campus Showcase, which highlighted the many improvements, upcoming construction and renovation projects and expansion of programs, resources and services for students at the Stockton Campus. The showcase underscored Junn's vision of making accessible a quality, affordable education to residents in San Joaquin County.  

A reception held after Junn’s final Foundation Board meeting as president provided a platform to recognize Junn’s partnerships with the University’s supporters and philanthropic advocates. Board members acknowledged her fundraising efforts, which fueled many significant initiatives and propelled Stanislaus State to new heights and created opportunities for students.

During the University’s grand finale Warrior Tribute, donors, campus community members, mentors, esteemed guests and several of Junn’s family members gathered in person and virtually to honor her journey.  

The celebrations aren’t over yet. When the California State University Board of Trustees meets in July, Junn will be conferred the title of president emerita.  We invite you to join us in celebrating this momentous milestone by tuning in to the livestream of the meeting.

For those who would like to send congratulations, fond memories and warm wishes for President Junn, an online form is available to submit a message that will be shared with her in a special keepsake album.

We are also pleased to share photo galleries of the June 1 Alumni Reception, June 6 Stockton Campus Showcase and the June 9 Warrior Tribute event. Video recordings of the events are also available.

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As Aug. 1, her official last day approaches, the host of farewell events are a testament to Junn’s enduring, powerful and uplifting Warrior Spirit. Her leadership, commitment to student success and determined pursuit of excellence helped further position Stanislaus State as an institution poised for an even brighter and promising future.

Once A Warrior, Always A Warrior.