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Engineering Grad Learns the True Meaning of Resilience

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FRESNO STATE — Jesus Gutierrez Plascencia’s parents decided to move from Guadalajara, Mexico, to the Central Valley in 2013 so their children would have better educational opportunities. It had been eight years since the California native had returned to the United States. When Plascencia and his family presented their documents to an officer to cross the border, he heard his ...

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Nearly 6,000 Graduates to be Honored at Save Mart Center

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FRESNO STATE — Fresno State welcomes this year’s commencement ceremonies back to the Save Mart Center May 20 and 21. About 5,980 class of 2022 graduates will be eligible for degree conferral, pending final certification of spring degrees. Fresno State President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval will preside over the ceremonies for each of the University’s eight schools and colleges. Two students selected from the ...

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Graduating Fresno ’Dog Now Dedicated to Helping Cats

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FRESNO STATE — Some of Valerie Guzman’s earliest childhood memories include taking in stray cats with her family in their Santa Maria apartment. “We would take in the cats that no one wanted – some were pregnant, had health problems or were infested with fleas,” Guzman said. “We would nurse them back to health and find them a home.” Guzman earned bachelor’s ...

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Syrian Student Designs Refugee Center Inspired by Experience

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FRESNO STATE — The bus ride was long and frightening. The trip that typically took six hours took Dalia Moudarres more than 18 hours. “It was so dangerous. They plant bombs in the street so any car that goes there explodes,” Moudarres explained. “You also can’t tell if it’s going to happen to you or the other person because it ...

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Health and Human Services Grad Becomes Part of the 3%

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FRESNO STATE — Arthur Khatchatrian still remembers the words his mother told him as she dropped him off for the first day of preschool. “No matter what happens or what you go through, don’t forget that you are Armenian. Be strong, be fearless, but always be kind and work hard,” he recalls her saying. Khatchatrian, whose parents immigrated from the Shirak Province ...

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Two to Receive Honorary Doctorates This Commencement Season

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FRESNO STATE — Fresno State will award honorary doctorates to acclaimed artist Judy Chicago and longtime local educator Antonio “Tony” Petrosino as part of Fresno State’s 111th commencement season. Honorary doctorates are awarded on behalf of the California State University system and Fresno State in recognition of excellence and extraordinary achievement in significant areas of human endeavor that embody the ...

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Live Mascot Begins ‘Victor E. Lap’ Before Retirement

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FRESNO STATE — After nearly seven years as Fresno State’s bodacious live mascot, Victor E. Bulldog III is preparing to pass the collar. The English bulldog will embark on his “Victor E. Lap” farewell tour beginning this spring in celebration of many years of memories with the Red Wave. Victor E. Bulldog IV will be introduced in fall 2022, and ...

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