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Top students of 2021 honored with Deans' Awards and President's Medal

Seven graduating students have been honored with an individual Dean's Award, with one of the top scholars also earning the President's Medal.

Students honored with the annual Dean's Awards represent the best of Sacramento State. They are students who excel not only in the classroom but beyond it, making a difference in their families, the campus community, and beyond.

Representing each of Sacramento State’s seven colleges, they are chosen by professors and administrators each year as the University’s top graduates.

The President's Medal is awarded to one of the seven Dean's Award winners, presented annually by President Robert S. Nelsen.

This year’s winners have excelled not only academically, but in the face of unprecedented challenges that came with studying and learning during a global pandemic. With resilience and determination, they reached the finish line.

Their stories are being published daily as this year's Commencement - CARmencement - approaches. Each new story will be added here:

Deans Award - NSM/President's Medal: Seham Aldafari

Seham Aldafari's early days in Yemen fuel her desire to help others


Dean's Award - A&L: Tiara Alston

Scholar’s preparation and drive shortened her road to graduation


Dean's Award - Business: William Harmon Bradley

Winner is grateful for hardships that ‘made me who I am today’


Dean's Award - Education: Mona Thompson Ross

Journey has taken her from dropout to honored college graduate


Dean's Award - ECS: Sarahanne Mora

Engineering student never gave up on earning a degree


Dean's Award - HHS: Janai Belmonte

Worried she wouldn’t finish high school, scholar graduated as one of Sac State’s top students


Dean’s Award - SSIS: Mario Lopez-Mendez

Graduate promotes healthy nutrition in community 

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