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Sacramento State to recognize seven exceptional students as the University’s top graduates at Commencement

This year’s Deans' Award recipients are (from left): Eileen Garcia-Fuentes, Taylor Longmire, Manar Tayeh, Sukhleen Kaur, Destiny Nash, Anna Babchanik and Sofía del Pilar Roca Castro, who is also the President's Medal winner. (Photo courtesy Student Affairs/Hazart Sanker)

The deans of Sacramento State’s seven academic colleges have selected this year’s recipients of the Deans’ Awards, given annually at Commencement to honor students who stand out academically, professionally and personally.

Recipients of the Deans’ Awards, among the University’s highest honors, are considered the top graduates in their respective college. Awardees are selected by professors and administrators, who assess the students’ academic and community contributions.

President Luke Wood has also selected one of the honorees to receive the President’s Medal, which recognizes the University’s top graduate. This year’s recipient is Sofía del Pilar Roca Castro, the Dean’s Award winner from the College of Arts and Letters.

The seven recipients will be recognized during their respective Commencement ceremonies, May 17-19, at Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento.

These students exemplify what it means to be a Hornet, making an impact in the classroom, on campus, in the community and in their personal lives.

Ahead of this year’s Commencement, read each of the honorees’ stories:

For more details about Commencement, visit

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About Daniel Wilson

Daniel Wilson joined the Sac State communications team in 2022 as a writer and editor. He previously worked at the Sacramento Bee as an audience engagement producer and reporter. He graduated from Sac State with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 2018. He plays video games, watches pro wrestling, and loves spending time with his wife and cat.

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