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Honorary Doctorate

Hornet alumni family welcomes newest members 

May, 27 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh

This month, nearly 5,000 Sac State graduates were eligible to walk across the commencement stage and into the Hornet alumni family. The bachelor's, master's, credential, and doctorate in education candidates join more than 224,000 Sac State alumni. 

In his second commencement, President Robert S. Nelsen shook the hand of each graduate, and recognized the sacrifices and contributions made by their loved ones. Nelsen also honored each college's Dean's Award recipients and conferred two honorary degrees on Sacramento artist Gregory Kondos and local business leader Dave Lucchetti

Take a look at our photo gallery of select 2016 Commencement photos. In June, visit for full photo galleries and videos of each ceremony. 

Kit Miyamoto

Alumnus presented President's Award from Department of Commerce

May 25, 2016 By Anita Fitzhugh

Kit Miyamoto, MS '97 (Civil Engineering), CEO of Miyamoto International, a global earthquake structural engineering firm, recently received the President's "E" Award for Exports. The "E" award is the highest recognition in the U.S. for contributing to the expansion of national exports. 

Miyamoto is an internationally recognized expert on earthquake structural engineering and disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction. Based in Sacramento with 20 offices worldwide, Miyamoto International provides global technical knowledge and expertise. Read more about the award or take a look at the Sac State Magazine article on Miyamoto as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. 

Commencement grad

Thousands of new grads to join Sac State alumni family

May 19, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh

Years of hard work, dedication and perseverance are about to pay off for close to 5,000 Sac State students. Spring Commencement takes place May 20 and 21 at Sleep Train Arena honoring the University's bachelor's, master's, credential and doctoral candidates. 

To help Commencement run smoothly for graduates and attendees, we've compiled some helpful tips to keep in mind. For a full schedule, step-by-step video, FAQs and parking information, visit For those unable to attend, videos of all ceremonies will be posted to the Commencement site on June 1. 

Dean's Award medals

Meet our 2016 Dean's Award recipients

May 18, 2016 by Sam Churich

May is a time of celebration for Sac State. Each spring, the deans of the University's seven Colleges select a student who they feel exemplifies the best of their College. These students demonstrate a commitment to academic achievement and community service, and possess high hopes for the future. We're #HornetProud to welcome them and the rest of the Class of 2016 to the Hornet alumni family. 

Learn more about reach recipient.

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