Kondos, Lucchetti honored during Spring Commencement

At this spring’s Commencement ceremonies, two respected alumni received honorary doctorates from the California State University system and Sac State.

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Gregory Kondos and Wife Moni
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts recipient Gregory Kondos ’51, MA ’57 celebrated his award with family and friends including his wife Moni (above).

Gregory Kondos ’51, MA ’57 (Art)

Renowned landscape artist Gregory Kondos’ contributions to the art commmunity have earned him accolades around the world, including this spring’s honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts by the California State University Board of Trustees. Kondos is considered one of America’s leading contemporary landscape painters and his works have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. 

For nearly 30 years Mr. Kondos taught art at the college level at Sacramento City College, where he founded the campus gallery which is named in his honor. At Sacramento State, he gifted his painting “River Life” to the University Library and it now hangs in the lobby of the Harper Alumni Center, where it can be enjoyed by hundreds of visitors each year. 

His many honors also include election to the National Academy of Design, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the 1999 International Biennale in Florence, Italy and a Master of Drawing Award from American Artist magazine. The University and the Sacramento State Alumni Association recognized him with its Distinguished Service Award in 1994.

David Lucchetti, Honorary Doctorate
David Lucchetti ’67, ’68 was recognized for his honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree with a reception at the University’s Julia Morgan House.

David Lucchetti ’67 (Physical Education), Credential ’68

In recognition of his business and philanthropic leadership, David Lucchetti received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the California State University Board of Trustees. He is president and CEO of Pacific Coast Building Products, a family-owned company based in the Sacramento region with operations in 13 western states and Canada.

Lucchetti has been an active member of the Sacramento community, co-chairing the capital campaign for Sierra Adoption Services and his family made the lead gift to the Sutter Medical Center Foundation in 2005 and was recognized with the naming of the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. In 2004 he was named Business Man of the Year and in 2008 he was named Sacramentan of the Year by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

At his alma mater, Lucchetti has been a supporter of Sacramento State athletics and scholarship programs and has been a member of the College of Business Administration Advisory Council. His honors include a Distinguished Service Award from the University and the Sacramento State Alumni Association in 1994.

For more on our honorary doctorate recipients, visit csus.edu/ua.

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