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Commencement is always a special time at Sac State. And as the last ceremonies to be presided over by President Alexander Gonzalez before his retirement in June, this year's spring ceremonies were even more noteworthy. By the end of the two days of pomp and circumstance, President Gonzalez presided over the awarding of degrees to more than 75,000 graduates during the course of his 12-year tenure. Adding to the celebration, Spring Commencement 2015 included the presentation of an honorary doctorate to television journalist and alumnus Lester Holt and President's Medals for Distinguished Service to five exemplary campus volunteers: alumni Margot Bach '72, Gary Quattrin '65, Holly Tiche '89 and Tina Treis '80 and community supporter Sonney Chong. Lester Holt: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters NBC News anchor Lester Holt received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the California State University system and Sac State during the College of Arts and Letters ceremony on Saturday, May 23. Holt is an award-winning journalist. He co-anchors the weekend edition of the "Today" show and is the weekend and substitute anchor for "NBC Nightly News." In addition, he anchors "Dateline NBC", contributes to the cable news network MSNBC and continues to report from the field on stories of national and international significance. After studying government at Sacramento State, Holt began his more than 30-year career in news. His work on the CBS News program "48 Hours" earned him a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award and he was part of the "Today" anchor team that won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program. In 2013, he received a Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment award from the Radio Television Digital News Association, given to someone who has made a major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms. President's Medals for Distinguished Service President Gonzalez awards the Medal for Distinguished Service at spring commencement ceremonies to recognize outstanding service to Sacramento State. The Medal is not awarded every year, and it is reserved for individuals who have made the highest, and most positive, impact on Sacramento State. Previous honorees are beloved University figures including Bill '67, MBA'70 and Margie Campbell, Larry Cook '65, George Crandell, Mark Drobny, Felix Fernandez, Coach Bob Mattos '65, Scott Maxwell '85 and Pam Stewart. This year, President Gonzalez awarded the Medal for Distinguished Service to: Margot Bach '72 (English), former senior public information officer for the California Department of Prisons and board member for The University Foundation at Sacramento State Sonney Chong, dentist with Dental Office of Sonney L. Chong and board member for The University Foundation at Sacramento State Gary Quattrin '65 (Physical Education), retired attorney and retired partner of F.P.I. Management and board member for The University Foundation at Sacramento State Holly Tiche '89 (Accountancy), principal with Tiche Consulting and board member and governance committee co-chair for The University Foundation at Sacramento State Tina Treis '80 (Accountancy), partner with Crowe Horwath LLP and board member, chief financial officer and governance committee co-chair for The University Foundation at Sacramento State Chong received his medal during the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics ceremony on Friday, May 22. Bach's medal was awarded at the Arts and Letters ceremony, Quattrin's at the Health and Human Services ceremony, and Tiche's and Treis' at the College of Business Administration ceremony, all on Saturday, May 23. President's final Commencement featured honorary doctorate for Holt, multiple distinguished service medals Margot Bach '72 Lester Holt Sonney Chong Gar y Quat trin '65 Holly Tiche '89 Tina Treis '80 18 S AC S TAT E M AGA Z I N E | S pr i ng 2 015