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Spring Commencement 2013


President's Award Winner

Mary Blake from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics was named the 2013 President’s Award winner.

Commencement Highlights

Dale Carlsen

Honorary Doctorate

Sleep Train founder and alumnus Dale Carlsen is honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Construction management student

Construction Partners

Ten leaders from the region’s construction industry are honored for their work with the Department of Construction Management.

Spring 2013 Graduate

Gallery: Commencement

Photos from all seven ceremonies capture the pomp and joy of academic achievement.

Mortar Board from Spring Commencement

Gallery: Mortarboards

Hornet creativity goes into overdrive when it comes to decorating mortarboards for Commencement.

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Another 4,688 Sacramento State students, from the University’s seven colleges and special majors, have ended one phase of their lives and begun an exciting new one by graduating – most of them taking part in Commencement ceremonies May 24-25 at Sleep Train Arena.

This Spring’s ceremonies included a number of special awards and tributes to students, alumni and community leaders.

This year’s President’s Award winner is Mary Blake from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Blake was selected from among seven Dean’s Award winners chosen by the deans of their respective colleges.

The other Dean’s Award winners are David Kim (Business Administration), James Angello (Arts and Letters), Robert Kerr (Education), Caleb Shifflett (Health and Human Services), Mark Campbell (Engineering and Computer Science) and Yalda Mohammadi (Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies).

Dale Carlsen, founder of Sleep Train Mattress Centers Inc., received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony for the College of Business Administration at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 24. Carlsen was honored for his tireless work on behalf of foster children and his support of Sac State’s Guardian Scholars Program, which provides support services for former foster youth.

Ten leaders of the Sacramento region’s construction industry received the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service for their tremendous support of the University’s Department of Construction Management and other education efforts. The recipients are:

  • Ron Brown, president and CEO of Brown Construction
  • Linda Clifford, CC Myers Inc. board member and CFO
  • John Cooper, district manager for the Associated General Contractors, Delta-Sierra District
  • Robert Earl, Earl Consulting Co., and founder of Earl Construction Co. (later sold to Sundt Construction Inc.)
  • Jim Lambert, retired executive vice president of the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange
  • Scott Maxwell, vice president of Unger Construction Co.
  • Mike McKernan, director of operations for Granite Land Co.
  • Henry Meier, project executive for Swinerton Builders
  • Tony Moayed, founder and president of TMCS Inc., a construction management firm
  • Bob Olsen, CEO of J.R. Roberts Enterprises, now J.R. Roberts/Deacon Inc.

Students in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (SSIS) were treated to a special guest speaker, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, a graduate of SSIS who was in the first class of the Public Policy and Administration graduate program in 1989.

Sacramento State’s eligible graduates are: College of Business Administration, 725; College of Arts and Letters, 798; College of Education, 443; College of Health and Human Services, 1,134; College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 301; College of Engineering and Computer Science, 313; College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, 950; and 24 from special majors.

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– Craig Koscho