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Summer 2017 Sac State Magazine now available

July 20, 2017 by Sam Churich

See how the University is transforming the region in the Summer 2017 issue of Sac State Magazine. In our "Catalyst" issue:

  • Hornet alumni challenge our regional identity through works of art,
  • A Sac State student experiences personal growth while studying in Africa, and
  • Our Hornet Hyperloop team explores cutting-edge engineering 

All that plus, get to know this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Sac State becomes a Keep America Beautiful campus, records and milestones highlight a successful season in athletics and more.

To pick up a copy of Sac State Magazine, stop by Sacramento Hall 169, call 278-2140, email or check out the online version at


Sac State celebrates record number of graduates

May 23, 2017 by Anita Fitzhugh

On May 19 and 20, Sac State celebrated its largest Spring Commencement to date with more than 5,300 students eligible to participate in ceremonies. The bachelor's, master's, doctoral and credential candidates walked across the stage in Sacramento's first civic event held at the new Golden 1 Center. 

President Robert S. Nelsen presided over the ceremonies and congratulated each graduate as well as the winners of the President's and Dean's Awards. He also presented the President's Medal for Distinguished Service to Garry Maisel '80 (Business Administration), president and CEO of Western Health Advantage, as well as honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Cheryl Dell '82 (Communication Studies), former president and publisher of The Sacramento Bee, and Ephraim Williams, pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. 

Graduates' photos are now available to view and order on the GradImages website.


2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards honor outstanding achievement

May 5, 2017 by Anita Fitzhugh

Every year, Sacramento State and the Alumni Association bestow a Distinguished Alumni Award on a number of influential and prominent Hornets. The awards are given in recognition of professional achievements and for outstanding contributions to the University and the community. 

In April, the following seven alumni were recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Award reception held at the Harper Alumni Center:

  • Kimo Ah Yun '90 (Communication Studies)
  • Kraig Clark '91 (Business Administration)
  • Carol Garcia '80 (Family and Consumer Sciences)
  • Gilbert Herdt MA '72 (Anthropology)
  • Andrei Tokmakoff '89 (Chemistry)
  • Angelo A. Williams, MA '06 (Education), MA '07 (Higher Education Leadership) , Ed.D '10
  • Ryan M. Harrison, MS '11 (Criminal Justice) (Rising Star Award)

Read about the award recipients and watch their acceptance speeches here.

2017 Dean's Award recipient: College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

May 4, 2017 by Laurie Hall

Aja Johnson got involved with campus organizations early on in her Sacramento State career and they have been a key part of the foundation for her personal growth. Those activities included serving on the student team that helped establish the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

Read more.

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