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Special honors for spring commencement


Sacramento State’s spring Commencement slated for Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, at Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena) promises to be a festive occasion, showcasing more than 4,500 students, an honorary doctorate recipient and two University supporters.

There are 4,554 students eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies, with the most — 1,015 — coming from the College of Health and Human Services.

Notable during the ceremonies will be the graduation of the first cohort of professional science master’s degree candidates in Biological Sciences, Stem Cell concentration; the second cohort from the Educational Leadership Doctoral program; and the third cohort from the School of Psychology Ed.S. degree program.

During commencement, University President Alexander Gonzalez will make three special presentations to community members. The President’s Medal, which recognizes outstanding service to the University, will be presented to Felix Fernandez, regional president of community banking for Wells Fargo; and to honorary alumna Pam Stewart, co-founder of CPS Human Resources Services and chief financial officer for The University Foundation at Sacramento State.

“Felix Fernandez and Pam Stewart have supported our students over many years, and as leaders in the community, they bring valuable expertise to our campus,” Gonzalez says.  “I selected them for the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service because of their amazing focus and passion. They have always been dedicated to creating greater opportunities for students through private contributions that go where help is needed most.”

Wells Fargo has been a supporter of many Sacramento State programs, especially the Student Veteran Support program, which helps provide scholarships to veterans returning to school. Stewart serves on the President’s Committee for Nursing and has also served on the President’s Committee for the Eli and Edythe Broad Fieldhouse.

Gonzalez will present an honorary doctorate from the California State University to Hugo Morales, founder of Radio Bilingue Inc., the National Latino Public Radio Network.

“Hugo Morales is a visionary who saw that Spanish-speaking migrant workers in the United States were being underserved by the media,” says Gonzalez. “The pioneering radio network he founded connected with this audience like never before and provided culturally relevant content that helped them improve their health, civic participation and prospects in American life.”

Gonzalez will also present the President’s Medal to the outstanding graduating senior. That student will be identified during the appropriate graduation ceremony.

Friday ceremonies:
  • 11:30 a.m., College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • 2:30 p.m., College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • 5 p.m., College of Arts and Letters
Saturday ceremonies:
  • 8:30 a.m., College of Health and Human Services
  • Noon, College of Education
  • 3 p.m., College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • 6 p.m., College of Business Administration
Fernandez will be honored at the College of Business Administration ceremony, Stewart will be recognized at the College of Health and Human Services ceremony, and Morales will be recognized at the College of Arts and Letters ceremony.

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