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Sac State Commencement honors Cruz Reynoso


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A new chapter began for about 3,920 Sacramento State students, and a former California State Supreme Court associate justice was honored during Spring Commencement ceremonies at Power Balance Pavilion on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19.

Seven ceremonies were held for the University’s colleges during the weekend academic celebration.

Former Justice Cruz Reynoso, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 2000 and was the first Latino appointed to the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court, received an honorary doctorate from the California State University system during Friday afternoon’s ceremony for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.

At the College of Health and Human Services ceremony Saturday morning, Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez presented graduating senior Daniel Heaton with the annual President’s Award. Heaton was chosen from among the seven graduates who received the Dean’s Awards for their academic skills and contributions to the community.

The other six Dean’s Award winners were: Nicole Lancaster, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies; Sage Bauers, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Christine Sullivan, College of Education; Jine Liu, College of Business Administration; Jessica Nugent, College of Engineering and Computer Science; and Caitlin Boreliz, College of Arts and Letters.

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– Craig Koscho