President's Message


AT OUR 2017 SPRING COMMENCEMENT, SACRAMENTO STATE CELEBRATED OUR LARGEST graduating class ever—more than 5,300 students. All in all, we graduated close to 9,000 students this year, launching them into graduate schools and new careers. A huge “Go Hornets” to our graduates.

Sacramento State students are truly amazing. In this edition of Sac State Magazine, we celebrate what our students along with the faculty and alumni are accomplishing—from phenomenal community art to cutting-edge engineering to no hitters and WAC championships, even to studying as far away as Ghana.

We are particularly proud to share the stories of our Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. This year’s six Distinguished Service Award honorees, Kimo Ah Yun, Kraig Clark, Carol Garcia, Gilbert Herdt, Andrei Tokmakoff, Angelo Williams, and Rising Star Awardee Ryan Harrison, were recognized for their contributions as outstanding leaders in education, energy, science, business, government, and anthropology.

The donors to the President’s Circle are transforming our University. We are living in a global society, and the opportunity to study abroad opens new doors for students to learn about the world, as well as about themselves. And through the President’s Circle, we are helping those who need the help most, ensuring that our students don’t go to bed hungry, that they don’t drop out of college because of a financial emergency, and that they can attend national conferences where they learn what is happening in their disciplines.

This issue also highlights Sacramento State’s honor to be named as an “America the Beautiful Campus,” a first-of-its-kind designation that highlights our commitment to sustainability. And I hope that you will be amazed as I have been to see how our students are at the forefront of building a “hyperloop,” a high-speed transit option to shuttle passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in minutes rather than hours.

I also hope that you will be amazed by the art that our students, faculty, and alumni are creating. As you can see on our cover, Sacramento State alumni have literally made their marks on buildings throughout the Sacramento area. Their murals and other public art offerings are spurring an artistic renaissance in our communities.

Sacramento State continues to be a driving force in the region. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are #MakingItHappenAtSacState, and we have only just begun.

Stingers Up!

Robert S. Nelsen

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